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Writing Inspiration

There Is No Right Way, Just Write

Michelle Ghilotti Mandel | Posted 07.25.2014 | Women
Michelle Ghilotti Mandel

To anyone who wants to be in many places at once, write. To everyone who doesn't think they're a "good writer," write. To those wanting to connect to their soul and inner wisdom, write.

A True Story

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 07.18.2014 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

We hoped this was a temporary protest, but it lasted for the two years she lived there. I called the town manager to see what could be done. "I know it's awful to look at and I'd sure hate to be her neighbor, but this is New Hampshire. Live Free or Die."

5 Gorgeous Real-Life Destinations That Inspired Your Favorite Books

Posted 05.13.2014 | Books

In a letter to Nelson Algren, Simone de Beauvoir once wrote, "I'm just leaving for Antibes. I am dreaming of sun, silence, and time to work." Whil...

Want To Be A Better Writer? Read More.

Mike Hanski | Posted 06.22.2014 | Books
Mike Hanski

Can you imagine a musician who does not listen to music himself? The same question can be asked about writing.

9 Ideas to Break Through Blogger's Block

Tai Goodwin | Posted 03.19.2014 | Small Business
Tai Goodwin

Consider creating a few writing rituals. Rituals can help you set the mood. They help you turn your writing brain on and everything else off. Great rituals range from a cup of coffee and an outline to meditation or a quick walk around the block.

The King's Speech Writer David Seidler Speaks About Crowdfunding

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 01.25.2014 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

The Oscar-winning writer of The King's Speech David Seidler is an extraordinary human and a great friend I am fortunate to have in my life. When I ask...

The Day Nora Ephron Inspired Me

Jennifer Ball | Posted 08.19.2013 | Divorce
Jennifer Ball

At the time, I was smack dab in the middle of that big chunk. I wasn't Jenny, preschool teacher. Or Jenny, mother of four. I was Jenny, who was divorced.

Living Alone

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 05.05.2013 | Women
Sheila Blanchette

I haven't lived alone since 1986, when I had an apartment in York Harbor, Maine, near the beach. I was there for six months until my husband, then boyfriend, whisked me away to his apartment above a garage in Rye, NH on the beach.

Inspiration in Key West

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 05.01.2013 | Books
Sheila Blanchette

A writer's life is enticing. Besides his home in Key West, Hemingway also lived in Idaho, Paris and Cuba. He traveled the world and hung out with other famous writers and artists. He had his very own style of writing and believed less was more.

The Genesis of a Novel

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.23.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

A writer is someone who always has an eye open and an ear cocked. I am no exception. Drawing from life is at the heart of my novels, although each one begins in its unique way.

Why You Don't Have To Be 'Good' At Meditation

Juliette Fay | Posted 12.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Juliette Fay

I think I may be the world's worst meditator. I've tried it off and on since my 20s, and I love the concept: quieting the mental noise, clearing away the chatter for a period of time, inviting stillness. But I am so bad at it.

Do We Need Another Memoir?

Robert Levithan | Posted 11.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Robert Levithan

I have a tale to tell. Although I am not singular, there are not many of us left who went all the way to AIDS and came back whole. I am an AIDS elder. I hold my story and the story of a generation who lived and died in an unprecedented era of plague.

Writing Is Not Sexy... and Other Observations on Co-writing a Play

Tim Van Dyck | Posted 09.12.2012 | Arts
Tim Van Dyck

Sometimes we realized we had a ten-page scene that accomplished nothing. Other times a two page scene would be so dense it appeared to be unspeakable by Earthlings. At one point the play exceeded 200 pages.

Romance Writers and the 50 Shades of Happy Endings

Elise Sax | Posted 09.21.2012 | Books
Elise Sax

Romance writers are supportive of each other. They are the Sisterhood of the Traveling Laptops, quick to lend a hand or writing tip to an up-and-coming author. They jump at the chance to encourage their colleagues. They are also fans.

The Teacher Who Changed My Life

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.11.2012 | Education
Lev Raphael

I had dreamed of being a writer since I was in second grade, but it wasn't until I took my first class with Kristin Lauer at Fordham University that I fell in love with writing itself.

A Death in Bozeman

Doug Bradley | Posted 07.08.2012 | Home
Doug Bradley

My wife was glancing at the obituaries in today's newspaper and started to read aloud about the passing of an old, dear friend of mine. And then the goosebumps started and the memories came cascading.

Writer's Block Is Bunk

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.01.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

When writers say they have writer's block, a normal, unremarkable part of the writing process becomes debilitating.

Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas From? An Interview with Celia Blue Johnson

Brian Gresko | Posted 06.30.2012 | Books
Brian Gresko

In short, pithy essays, Celia Blue Johnson recounts how the simplest moments -- a trip, an odd job -- inspired some of the most beloved classics of Western literature. I talked with her to hear more about these fascinating accounts.

My Opposite-of-Overnight Success Publishing Story

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 04.16.2012 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

I think, like with a partner, when you have the right material, there's a magic click, and you fall in love -- whether it takes six books or sixteen years on one book. Maybe that's how long it takes. As long as it takes to feel the click, and have someone else agree.

Writing Prompts From Famous Authors

Posted 04.03.2012 | Books

Our friends at the online literary community Figment, have launched Figment Daily Themes, a free email service designed to help subscribers get into t...

The Pursuit of Excellence and the Challenge to Dream

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 02.15.2012 | College
Clarence B. Jones

In the words of Oscar Wilde, I respectfully suggest to you that "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."

How Our NaNoWriMo Writers Keep Motivated

Madeleine Crum | Posted 11.16.2011 | Books

National Novel Writing Month, a task urging authors of all backgrounds to pen 50,000 words before November 30th, is halfway over. We've already asked ...

10 Famous Book Characters and Their Real-Life Inspirations

Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

From Flavorwire We all know truth is stranger than fiction, and some things (and people) are just too good to have been made up. We’ve already sh...

Our NaNoWriMo Writers: Their Favorite Characters, Biggest Sacrifices

Madeleine Crum | Posted 01.09.2012 | Books

Writers young and old, published and un-, are striving towards their goal of scribing 50,000 words by the end of November as National Novel Writing Mo...

Writing Academic Satire... For Fun and Profit

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.03.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Outsiders slam academia for not being "the real world," but I disagree. At times it's far too real. It can exhibit the oversize egos of professional sports; the hypocrisy of politics; the cruelty of big business; and the ruthlessness of organized crime.