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Introducing Bad Advice for Writers!

G. Doucette | Posted 09.18.2014 | Books
G. Doucette

Greetings from the offices of Bad Advice for Writers! Whether you're planning a novel, a screenplay, a short story, or a letter to your mother, if it's fiction we're here for you!

The Older I Get, the Less I Like Rules: An Interview With Author Cathy Lamb

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.18.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Cathy Lamb, 47, is a women's fiction author. Her first novel, Julia's Chocolates, was published when she was forty, in 2007.

How Writers Can Blog Like Pros

| Posted 09.17.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: In today’s publishing industry, your success as an author can hinge on whether or not you have a Web presence. But what...

Courage to Speak Personal Truth: An Interview with Kathryn Craft

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.16.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Kathryn Craft is the author of The Art of Falling (Sourcebooks, 2014) and The Far End of Happy, due May 2015. Her work as a developmental editor at Writing-Partner.com follows a nineteen-year career as a dance critic.

A Writer's Guide to Being a Writer: Part 1

Dan Miles | Posted 09.18.2014 | Arts
Dan Miles

Writers live a solitary existence, much like a tiger, but at least tigers get to meet other tigers during mating season.

6 Pieces of Writing Advice from First Time Writers Over 40

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.11.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

If I don't publish X by age 27, I'm finished. As I passed 27, then 37 and finally 40, I began to take a longer view about publishing careers and realized how silly it was to think that authorship possessed some sort of expiration date.

Breaking In: Voice

Karen Dionne | Posted 09.11.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

All agents and editors look for different things in a manuscript. For authors hoping to sell their novel to a major publisher, this variety of tastes and opinions works in their favor: one man's trash is another woman's treasure. But one item comes up over and over again: Voice.

Breaking in: It's All in the Writing

Karen Dionne | Posted 09.03.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

At its core, a book is not only the vision of its author; it is also a collection of words on a page. By necessity, the arrangement of those words sho...

One Key Thing Writing Teachers Never Told Me and Probably Won't Tell You

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.03.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

Social media is supposedly the answer to the eternal question of what will make your book a hit, and there are hundreds of people willing to sell you a book (or their consulting services) that they guarantee will reveal the secret to success. It's all 21st-century snake oil.

4 Things You Must Know Before Trying To Publish Your Book

| Posted 09.05.2014 | Books

Not so fast. Getting your work published is a marathon, not a sprint.

7 Ways to Cultivate Your Daily Writing Practice

Paul Jarvis | Posted 08.28.2014 | Business
Paul Jarvis

Content can drive your business. The more content you create (which can be writing, videos, audio, drawings) the easier it will be for readers and potential customers to see value in your expertise and what you sell. When they know you, they'll be more likely to pay for what you do.

Breaking In: Making Your Story Impossible to Put Down

Karen Dionne | Posted 08.27.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

What makes a story impossible to put down? Faculty members of the Salt Cay Writers Retreat offer their best advice to aspiring writers.

If Only I Could Find the Time to Write

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.13.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

If you want to be an actual writer that puts words down on the page, you may need to change how you look writing and make choices to do it. It isn't the forces of the world that conspire against your time for writing -- it's your own way of approaching the world.

5 Fundamental Tips For Writing Your First Novel

Jack Woodville London | Posted 08.12.2014 | Books
Jack Woodville London

Autumn is the season when word processors develop twitches in keyboards. Writers emerge from summers abroad, agents hunger for a new voice, publishers...

The Writing Practice: Rituals, the Muse and Luck

Melanie Bishop | Posted 08.11.2014 | Books
Melanie Bishop

The importance of these rituals, and observances of objects as lucky, as somehow pleasing to the muse, is that they give us something concrete on which to focus.

How To Write Dialogue That Speaks Volumes

| Posted 08.06.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Let’s talk about writing dialogue in a memoir -- a creative nonfiction gray area that may have you pondering: What were...

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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.01.2014 | 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 08.24.2014 | 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...