To write honestly and compassionately about members of your family, you must first reflect on your purpose, your approach, the details of your story and the potential reactions your family members might have. Here's how to do that.
Go-to writers … I love them! These are the writers I reach out to again and again, because I know I can trust them to do great work, on time, and constantly suggest new projects.
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I used to make them every year. But, like most people, I made them unrealistic and immeasurable, and often tried to achieve too much, too fast. Then, a few months into the New Year, I’d realize I’d already missed at least one of my resolutions, and shortly thereafter,...
BY ELIZABETH SIMS When your plot starts lagging behind your word count, try one of these simple suggestions for picking up steam.
How are you at writing articles? I know it seems like they should be easy to write … but I used to struggle a lot when I first started trying to make a living as a writer.
BY ANNE R. ALLEN Bite-sized fiction has moved mainstream, and today’s readers are more eager than ever to “read short.” Here’s why writing little stories is paying off in a big way.
If you can effectively use words to persuade another to act, you stand to make a lot of money. The secret is direct-response copywriting.
BY LORIE ANN GROVER Writing fiction springing from an actual event requires a finesse for your reader’s benefit, your friends’, your enemies, and yourself.
Last week I gave you my top three picks for retainers you should set up in the New Year. Today I’m going to give you some best practices you should follow to ensure you land and execute them with ease.
One of the biggest bugaboos in manuscript submissions is when the author doesn’t properly introduce the protagonist within the first chapter. Here's how to help readers meet your main character.
BY BRENDA JANOWITZ You simply cannot write a good novel without knowing your characters inside and out. Here are the top 10 questions you need to be able to answer about each of your characters:
There’s something about the holiday season that puts people in a generous mood. From random anonymous acts of kindness to time-honored remembrances, it truly is the giving season. Heck, even the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes during the holidays. So what can writers do to pay it forward within the literary community? Here are...
Steady paychecks month after month. Easy writing assignments because you know the audience. Happy clients who value you and your writing. These are just a few of the benefits of writing on retainer.
As the middleclass lives out the tale spun by Stephen King’s Thinner, we might find ourselves picking up a dystopian novel to relive our despondent youths. In other words, if you feel angry about the current political milieu, then you just might be a dystopian author.
Imagine having a paid writing assignment you can count on--every month! (Or even every week!) It’s possible, if you write on retainer — which basically means a company hires you (and usually pays you a monthly flat fee in advance) to ensure you’ll write for them on a regular basis.
A literary agent shares a real-life novel pitch that ultimately led to a book deal—and shows you how to query your own work with success.
The lives and lifestyles of legendary writers can teach us all some crucial lessons about platform and self-branding today.
This month we’ve tackled two important steps to making a living as a writer: 1. How to find the best-paying assignments. 2. How to land the clients who have them. And now ...
When it comes to making a living as a writer, it’s not about getting the occasional writing gig ... You’re looking for ongoing clients … people who can give you assignment after assignment … so that you can focus on what you do best – writing!
For several years I labored in the agent fields, trying to harvest one for my book on helping doctoral candidates finish their dissertations. My approach, I was sure, was new, based on my longtime practice of coaching doctoral students and editing their dissertation drafts.
Don’t be boring. That’s it. The shortest article you’ll ever read on how to write for television. Okay, so maybe there’s a little more to it. You want to write a TV show? Here's what you need to know.
Once you’ve decided which of the numerous ways to make a living as a writer suits you best, the path to well-paid writing becomes clear …
If Bill Gates said it, I tend to believe it. The software tycoon-turned-philanthropisthas been proven right on just about everything. (If you forget the Zune and that CTRL-ALT-DEL thing.) At the dawn of the internet, Gates published an essay that started off with this line: “Content is where I expect much of the real...
Last week, we took a huge step in moving you forward as a well-paid writer … I asked you to visualize what the writer’s life means to you — in very specific terms. And then I asked you to evaluate the potential paths that match your needs, and make a decision on which path...
I want to cover something very important this week, so I need you to do me a favor …
Spend a few minutes today visualizing what a profitable writing career means to you.