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

Dan Miles | Posted 09.15.2014 | Arts
Dan Miles

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

How College Applicants Can Go Beyond 'Show Don't Tell'

Josh Stephens | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

"Show Don't Tell" has become less a piece of advice and more of a slogan. Students who haven't been taught to think deeply about writing might have heard it and still not know what it means.

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...

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.

Writers Block: The End of Summer Excuses

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.03.2014 | Books
Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

I put aside time this summer to write my book. I had a house on the beach in Rhode Island, and a firm commitment to finish by the end of August.

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.

The Writing Practice: Methodology and Camaraderie

Melanie Bishop | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Melanie Bishop

As for methods of getting work done, it's not that complicated. You can write, for hours and hours without stopping, even to eat, or you can write with breaks.

Permission to Judge a Legal Brief by Its Cover Is Granted

Stacy Slotnick | Posted 08.22.2014 | Books
Stacy Slotnick

Despite the adage, "Never judge a book by its cover," many consumers do just that. The artistic packaging in which things come not only powerfully affect what interests us but also how we react to the contents we find inside.

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.

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...

For As Much As It's Worth: Advice to Authors, part 1

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
J Nelson Aviance

Write about what you know. It's so cliché and it's nauseating to even repeat it, but still it's something that needs repeating over and over and over.

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...

Wrestling With the Wrath of Writer's Block

Heather Hummel | Posted 09.07.2014 | Arts
Heather Hummel

Staring at a blank page and not having the words flow the way they did last week, or even yesterday, is every writer's nightmare. To help out, I tracked down willing writers of various genres who have faced the plague of writer's block, and who were willing to share their cures or tips for preventative maintenance.

Conversations on Writing: Interview with Award-Winning Young Adult Author Cindy Pon, Part 2

Write for the Future | Posted 09.01.2014 | College
Write for the Future

By Cora Daniels "Do not be afraid to write. Do not be afraid to explore. Do not be afraid to make mistakes." In Part 2 of our interview with YA f...

How Day Jobs Helped Me Write Novels

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

Bartending: my top choice of jobs writers should have in their past. In my 30s, I worked for four years at Winnie's Pub in Mission Hill, where I received a doctorate in men, alcoholism, racial politics, class, sexual politics and sexual harassment.

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...