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Writing Tip: Break All The Rules

Grammarly | Posted 08.01.2014 | Books
Grammarly

At Grammarly, we tend to focus on the nuts and bolts of writing; after all, our business is correcting other people's grammar. But for every so-called rule there exists an exception. This summer, we recommend doing something radical: break all the rules.

A Hand-Written Letter: Have You Ever Heard of Them?

John P. Rauls | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
John P. Rauls

What would you say is more personal: a handwritten letter or an email? If I asked a sample group of people over the age of 55, I imagine 98 percent would say a hand-written letter is more personal, and far classier!

33 Things I've Learned About Writing at 33

Loren Kleinman | Posted 07.23.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Not everyone has to like your work. The arts are full of pretentious cliques, bad art, good art, wonderfully supportive people, people that can't stand you, people that love you, but the key is to embrace it all. Enjoy the contrasts.

The Key Element To Success Many Writers Avoid

| Posted 07.23.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: We all know that success as a writer depends on: 1) writing something worth reading and 2) getting published. (Thanks, Ca...

Actually Useful Tips for Becoming a Writer

Ashley Hardaway | Posted 07.09.2014 | Books
Ashley Hardaway

"How did you become a writer?" The first time I was asked this, I felt like a fraud. I too, have asked this question.

How To Begin Your Book

| Posted 07.09.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: How important are the first few paragraphs of your book? Consider this: Each week, hundreds of submissions flood into any...

When You Just Don't Feel Like It

Tim McDonald | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Tim McDonald

Just because you are on the journey yourself, doesn't mean that you are the only one taking a solo journey. We can learn and support each other; each journey will have some common roadblocks, challenges and choices. The path may be different, but the experience is much the same.

5 Smart Ways To End Your Book

| Posted 06.25.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief Staff: Like a great dinner party or once-in-a-lifetime vacation, all good things must come to an end. Hopefully, a really excell...

Conversations on Writing: Award-Winning Young Adult Author Cindy Pon

Write for the Future | Posted 06.24.2014 | College
Write for the Future

By Cora Daniels Cindy Pon, a YA author, writes heroine centered fantasy series set in Ancient China. Her books are known not only for their action p...

The First 3 Steps To Writing Your Life Story

Posted 06.30.2014 | OWN

These quick, one-time-only exercises can teach us about ourselves and what we want—and how we can tell our story. The bonus? You might just end up w...

3 Quick Cures For Writer's Block

Posted 06.11.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief Staff Sooner or later, every writer comes down with a case of the blahs. Whether it’s just a touch of writing feverishly or a ...

Story Writing From Start To Finish

| Posted 05.28.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief Staff: It’s every driver’s road trip nightmare. (We know, this is supposed to be about writing. Stay with us.) You’re tryi...

How Writing For The TV Show Community Cured Me

Andy Bobrow | Posted 07.19.2014 | TV
Andy Bobrow

This is something I have never talked about publicly. Five years ago, shortly after my beautiful daughter's third birthday, I was diagnosed with advanced SWS -- Shit Writing Syndrome.

Never too Early to Nurture a Writer's Voice

Write for the Future | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

By Cora Daniels As parents, we often obsess over firsts. Will Johnny be the first among peers to start walking? Talking? Reading? Yet how many of us ...

10 Reasons You Should Start Blogging

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 07.14.2014 | Small Business
Michael B. Fishbein

Blogging can be incredibly valuable to a variety of people and for a variety of reasons. Blogging is not just for businesses! I've benefited personally, professionally, and financially from blogging.

How To Get Your Writing Noticed

| Posted 05.14.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief Staff: We know that many of you are writers with lots of experience. You already know all the ins and outs of how to write and h...

5 Tips for the Writing Life from Pico Iyer

Anna Leahy | Posted 07.07.2014 | Books
Anna Leahy

The great appeal of these particular options for a writing life is that they are likely to define writing as a priority in our daily lives and are likely to increase awareness of the choices we're making about how to spend our time, about how to live as writers.

What to Do When You Cannot Write

Jill Robinson | Posted 07.06.2014 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

One year, one month and six days ago I was sitting at Sami's Ground Floor Café. The writers used to go there after our workshop at the Last Bookstore in Downtown L.A. The café is stark white.

Six Essential Books on Writing

Kristen Levithan | Posted 06.21.2014 | Books
Kristen Levithan

I love knowing that some of my favorite writers share some of my struggles and feel motivated to try some of their methods for overcoming them. So, without any further ado, a list of my six essential books on writing.

5 Unconventional Poetry Forms

| Posted 04.16.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief Staff: April is National Poetry Month, a time when poets and would-be bards alike turn their attention to verses both free and f...

You Tawkin' to Me?

Michael Drew | Posted 06.10.2014 | Books
Michael Drew

The way you speak can mean certain things to certain listeners. You might not have an accent when you write, but you should always address your reader as if he doesn't quite understand what you're going to say.

The Art Of Using Correct Verb Tenses In Your Writing

| Posted 04.02.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief Staff: Enforcing consistent verb tense in your writing is crucial. Nothing makes an editor’s brain hurt more than trying to re...

Why Your Dialogue Is Terrible

G. Doucette | Posted 05.31.2014 | Books
G. Doucette

I'm not completely positive good dialogue writing can actually be taught, but since that would invalidate the entire point of this article I'm going to try and explain some of what makes that dialogue of yours bad, and what you can do to fix it.

Essential Reading for Writing the College Essay

Josh Stephens | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

Fortunately, Orwell, Zinsser, Lamott and all the rest demonstrate that high school doesn't necessarily matter. The process of learning to write never ends.

10 Tips on How to Write an Author Bio

Heather Hummel | Posted 05.06.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

Kind of like kids knowing they need to eat their veggies, authors know the importance of a well-crafted bio, but that still doesn't mean they like writing one.