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What Growing Up Near A Prison Taught Me About Writing Mysteries

Elle Cosimano | Posted 10.03.2014 | Books
Elle Cosimano

Orange jumpsuits do not define our whole person any more than a judge's robes or a shiny badge.

Does Everybody Have a Book in Them?

Dianne Collins | Posted 10.15.2014 | Books
Dianne Collins

So if you, too, are thinking of writing a book, ask yourself: Who will want to read it? What is my art form? How can I better hone the craft of writing? What will be the value of it to our culture?

Lessons I Learne as a Writer, Part Three

Sheldon D. Newton | Posted 08.17.2014 | Good News
Sheldon D. Newton

Are you procrastinating in your writing because you fear that people may not want to read what you have to say? Are you afraid of failure so you make every excuse as to why you cannot finish what you have started?

Peter Pan and Me

James S. Parker | Posted 11.06.2013 | Fifty
James S. Parker

I realized that only I controlled my attitude. I suddenly went from being a writer in theory to one who got up every day and told the story that was begging to be told.

A Talk with Scott Pratt

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.26.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I told my wife, "I think I'm not going to practice law anymore. She said, "Are you crazy?" I said "If this is the way they treat their own, I don't want to be a part of that anymore. She asked what I was going to do, and I showed her The Lincoln Lawyer. I said, "I can do this..."

Do You Have the Writer Gene?

Dean Orion | Posted 07.29.2013 | Books
Dean Orion

Being a writer means walking through life with dozens of untold stories constantly bouncing around in your head -- a series of puzzles, each one more vexing than the last.

Series on Series: A Second Hand With Dark Justice

William Bernhardt | Posted 05.29.2013 | Books
William Bernhardt

I still remember the first Earth Day. And now that I've completely dated myself, let me explain the significance.

Write That First Draft: 6 Ways to Generate Material for Your Book

Lisa Tener | Posted 04.13.2013 | Books
Lisa Tener

Here are a few specific tricks and tips I use when getting myself into that "first draft state of mind."

It's 2013. Write That Bloody Book Already!

Hanaan Rosenthal | Posted 03.31.2013 | Books
Hanaan Rosenthal

You have a book in you. I know it, you know it, but it has been how long already? I know you have a million reasons to not go ahead with it. Today, I will help you with the few reasons why you simply have to!

7 Great Things About Being a Writer (and Seven More That Suck)

Jason Pinter | Posted 01.30.2013 | Books
Jason Pinter

One time I got a package containing a tattered copy of my book along with a handwritten note. To a writer, this is like going up to a stranger and telling them that a) they could use some plastic surgery, and b) you'd like to perform it yourself.

Write the Right Book

Lisa Tener | Posted 10.22.2012 | Books
Lisa Tener

So how do you know what book to write? I tell my authors to do a pre-book audit -- and it always works.

131 Steps to Writing a Novel

Christopher Herz | Posted 02.18.2012 | Books
Christopher Herz

After my second book, Pharmacology, a few people have asked what my process was. Got me thinking about everything goes into writing one of these beasts.

A Homemade MFA

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 10.05.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

"How did you get published? Do you have an MFA?" a reader asked last week. I struggled for the right answer -- how to tell her that, no, I don't have ...

Why I Won't Write a Disaster Thriller

Karen Dionne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Karen Dionne

Writers have limits when it comes to the amount of violence they'll tolerate in fiction. This is because in order to write a scene, a writer not only has to put themselves inside the action, they have to go deep inside their characters' heads.

Writer Wednesday

Jon Winokur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jon Winokur

The sixteenth-century French writer Michel de Montaigne, inventor of the modern essay, once remarked that "there are more books upon books than upon a...

I'm In Sales

Amy Dickinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Amy Dickinson

What I learned during my book tour is that I was dying to have people actually read my book, and if they were going to read it, I was first going to have to sell it to them.

One Less, One More™ - The Inspiration

Robbie Vorhaus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robbie Vorhaus

In my column I wrote how to practice One Less, One More, including simple things like smiling, choosing positive over negative thoughts, no blame, believe in the invisible and miracles, be grateful and forgive.