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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.