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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.

How I (Almost) Stopped Lying and Started Writing

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 04.23.2013 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

Finally, I had a home for my practice of deceit; I could leave a life of the comfort of lies, and instead weave them into novels.

'Downton Abbey' Creator: Why My Friends Thought I Was 'Crazy'

Posted 02.20.2013 | OWN

By Julian Fellowes Four rules for getting creative: 1. Years ago, after I left Cambridge and went to drama school, my friends who were going...

How To Write An Effective Point Of View

| Writer's Relief | Posted 02.20.2013 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Point of View (or “POV,” as we’ll occasionally refer to it in this article) can be one of the most important choice...

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."

12 Presenting Tips For Your Next Writing/Publishing Event

| Posted 02.06.2013 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Many writers have to work hard to express confidence in their own writing, sweating through open mike readings, strugglin...

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!

How To Make Your Job Work For Your Writing

Posted 01.23.2013 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: Most writers don’t make a profit from publishing their work—at least not enough to completely support themselves. ...

Why Authors Should Use Twitter

Matthew Dicks | Posted 03.19.2013 | Books
Matthew Dicks

For me, the easy answer is that Twitter allows me to easily connect and communicate with readers, critics, editors, book bloggers, writers, agents and other people in the publishing industry.

Mom Not Dead Yet? 7 Reasons to Write Your Memoir Anyway

Candace Walsh | Posted 03.16.2013 | Books
Candace Walsh

When I shared that my mother banned me from her birthday after reading my memoir, friends piped up with variations of this sentiment: "That's why I'm waiting until my mother dies to write my memoir."As a result, I came up with seven reasons not to wait.

Revising Your Novel: Is Back Story Clogging Your Narrative Flow?

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.16.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Keep the back story sparse and sprinkle it throughout your book instead of front loading. That way, your narrative tension will be tight instead of slack, and your reader will be drawn forward by wanting to know the story behind the story.

Anatomy Of A Query Letter: A Step-By-Step Guide

Posted 01.09.2013 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: When submitting book queries, your letter has precious little time to grab the attention of the literary agent reading i...

Why We Write

Alan Watt | Posted 03.06.2013 | Books
Alan Watt

I'm nearing completion on a new novel and the same old thoughts are arising. What have I done? Am I really going to reveal these ugly aspects of mysel...

Taming Those First Book Jitters

Maureen Anderson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Books
Maureen Anderson

Congratulations. You got a book contract! Now it's time to finish the manuscript. Are you frozen with fear, wondering if you're up to the task? That, in my opinion, is a great place to be.

On Writing Action

Karen Dionne | Posted 03.05.2013 | Books
Karen Dionne

I love writing action. As a thriller writer, I get to blow things up, burn things down, and get all the meanness out of my system and onto the page.

4 Ways To Beat Writer Self-Sabotage

Posted 12.12.2012 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Writers are faced with the task of completing pieces of poetry and prose with not much to guide them but raw talent and ...

Positioning Your Story for Success: The Significance of Creating Empathy

Jen Grisanti | Posted 02.10.2013 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

There is a specific structure to a well-told or well-crafted story. It begins with creating empathy for the central character.

5 Ways to Write Away Holiday Stress

Carolyn Ziel | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Carolyn Ziel

I find it ironic that this time of year is so stressful. It's a time of reflection, appreciation and celebration. Instead, we're bombarded with to-dos, family and work obligations and the added pressure of holiday gift-giving.

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.

Inspiring Passages For Writers

Constance Hale | Posted 01.30.2013 | Books
Constance Hale

Most of us learn pretty quickly (like, by age 2) that we need verbs to express our deepest desires. But my serious crush on verbs started when, as a writer, I tried to figure out not just what makes sentences tick, but what makes a readers sit up and pay attention to a passage

How To Beat Writer's Block

Posted 11.28.2012 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: There are few words as disheartening to a writer as “writer’s block.” The mere thought induces dread and discomfor...

On the Writer

Adrian Louis Chandler | Posted 01.27.2013 | Arts
Adrian Louis Chandler

Whether in journalism or fantasy, the writer finds the words that preexist and organize them into the correct marriage of vocabulary arrangement. The words are all there, I just have to put them in the right order.

Read Up!

Christopher Carter Sanderson | Posted 01.25.2013 | Books
Christopher Carter Sanderson

What's key about communicating is the formation of meaning. And that doesn't happen on the page. It happens in the mind of the reader. That's who you have to care about, and that's where you do your work as a writer.

Want to Be an Author? 5 Insider Tips

Anna Leahy | Posted 01.18.2013 | Books
Anna Leahy

Here are five secrets from the insiders in publishing to writers everywhere who want to be authors.

Tools to Make Your Audience Connect With Your Story

Jen Grisanti | Posted 01.19.2013 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

The key to telling a strong story is allowing us into your vision. Here is one of the frameworks I've designed to help you achieve maximum results with the stories you tell.