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Omit Unnecessary Words: 5 Valuable Writing Lessons From Twitter

J.S. McDougall | Posted 03.18.2012 | Books
J.S. McDougall

I'm a writer, and I'm in love with Twitter. For the longest time I couldn't explain why I am so enamored with a platform which limits me to only 140 characters. And last night it dawned on me. Twitter makes me a better writer.

Writers Wednesday: Famous Authors On Why They Write

| Posted 12.28.2011 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: All writers hit a slump sometimes. Life distracts. Momentum peters out. It happens. Here’s what fuels the fire fo...

Tinkering With an Outline

Jane Espenson | Posted 02.21.2012 | TV
Jane Espenson

It's the holiday season, and I know that means a lot of you are going to have some long glorious empty days away from work, with piles of new belongings, gradually less exciting turkey sandwiches, and nothing to do but come up with hilarious questions to ask Siri.

So Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Warren Adler | Posted 02.18.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

In general, the most powerful ideas come from interactions with people, perhaps a word, a sentence, a gesture, a reminder of an event deep in my past that ignites a spark in the imagination and suggests a narrative, an environment, or a cast of characters.

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.

Is TV Writing the Best Job Ever?

Jane Espenson | Posted 02.12.2012 | TV
Jane Espenson

TV writing (and web writing) is the best job ever. I feel lucky every day. I learn every day. And they pay for lunch every day. Score. Hang around and I'll tell you what I know.

Famous Authors Share Their Writing Secrets!

| Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

Last week, YA greats Lauren McLaughlin (Scored), Scott Westerfeld (Leviathan), David Levithan (Will Grayson, Will Grayson), and Robin Wasserman (Froz...

Do You Want To Write Or Do You Want To Be A Writer?

Madison Smartt Bell | Posted 02.08.2012 | Books
Madison Smartt Bell

Do you want to be a writer or do you want to write? That's been a sort koan-question in a writer's education for at least as long as I've been on the game. Option one is, officially, the wrong answer.

5 Lies They Tell You About Writing

C.A. Belmond | Posted 02.06.2012 | Books
C.A. Belmond

This season, while promoting my fourth novel, I was asked about certain "truisms of the trade" that are frequently served up as gospel for writers. But how true are they, really? Upon reflection I have to say--not very.

Writer Wednesday: 5 Most Dangerous Career Pitfalls For New Writers

Posted 12.01.2011 | Books

From Writer's Relief: The writing life is fraught with dangers big and small—everything from life-crushing depression to sore fingers from long t...

How to Successfully Write Broad Comedy

Joe Cristalli | Posted 01.28.2012 | Comedy
Joe Cristalli

So, you want to be a comedy writer? That's a heck of a decision you've come to. In today's deprived sinkhole of an economy, many people are straying from the lucrative world of comedy and becoming useless things like doctors and parents.

Writer Wednesday: 9 Brain Foods For Writers

Posted 11.23.2011 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: We all know certain foods contribute positively to your physical health, and some foods contribute positively (in inche...

The Best Writing Tool Ever?

Madeleine Crum | Posted 11.21.2011 | Books

When you sit down to scribe a killer essay or your take on The Great American Novel, do you usually wind up with a headache, a blank page and a disenc...

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 ...

Writer Wednesday: What Is Your Writing Personality?

Posted 11.16.2011 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: What is the “typical” creative writer personality? That depends on who you ask. Writers are depicted as everything ...

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...

7 People Writing A Novel In A Month

Madeleine Crum | Posted 01.02.2012 | Books

Yesterday marked the launch of this year's National Novel Writing Month, a community-driven movement using forums and in-person meet-ups to help autho...

Writer Wednesday: Is Writing Genre Fiction Really All That Easy?

Posted 01.02.2012 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: As a writer, you’ve probably met someone who says he/she is going write a book because “it looks easy” and “any...

Do You Like Your Truth Straight-Up in Books?

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 01.01.2012 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

Truth in books delivers windows on the world that help us understand; it also delivers those oh-so-important I'm not alone moments which get can get you through everyday pain -- and isn't it the everyday pain that often breaks our hearts?

One Thing Readers Hate

Alan Watt | Posted 12.31.2011 | Books
Alan Watt

Coincidence lacks conflict. Sure, they occur in our lives every day, but in a story, coincidences are generally a problem.

Close the Door

Lisa Unger | Posted 12.27.2011 | Books
Lisa Unger

There's a village in my computer -- friends, fans, readers, and colleagues. It's a populous, sometimes chaotic little burg always bustling with news, gossip, opinions and potential excitement.

Are You Writing Without Reading?

Posted 12.20.2011 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: We at Writer’s Relief recently had to change our rejection letters. Our old letter was polite, encouraging, and (okay...

Writer Wednesday: Ann Patchett On How To Avoid Doubt

Posted 12.12.2011 | Books

Bestselling novelist and essayist Ann Patchett recently wrote "The Getaway Car" (Byliner), "a practical memoir about the agony, ecstasy, and occasiona...

How to Make the Three-Act Structure Work for Your Book

Alan Watt | Posted 12.11.2011 | Books
Alan Watt

Story structure has little to do with plot. In fact, the "structure" that's being alluded to is actually the underlying theme. But what is a theme exactly, and how does working with one help you structure your story?

WATCH: Can You Write A Whole Novel In Just 1 Month?

Posted 12.07.2011 | Books

November 1st brings NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. The goal for participating authors is to complete a 50,000 word novel in the span of o...