Even though Renewable was my third book, it took several rewrites to find the right tone. Here’s what I learned along the way about writing to change the world.
So you want to be a bestselling YA author? Let New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren DeStefano and her agent Barbara Poelle walk you through the steps.
These are some strategies I’ve come up with after more than 25 years as a TV writer to break into the television industry.
When dividing a manuscript into chapters, how long should each chapter be? Are there any requirements on length? Find out here.
In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “How To Write A Picture Book That Sells” — instructor and literary agent Jennifer De Chiara will teach you everything you need to know to not only write a picture book.
Without having a clear framework in mind before you begin your story, you risk losing sight of why you started writing your memoir in the first place. Here's help determining your framework.
When I moved to India in 2010, I didn’t consider myself a travel writer. I was a freelance essayist who wrote about family and social issues. But that didn't stop me--and that shouldn't stop you either.
In early interviews, the questions I was most often asked were around the facts of my anorexia itself: How long did it take you to realize you were still ill? Why was it so hard for you to meet your basic needs? But along the way one interviewer asked a question which really stuck...
Bestsellers carry secrets (and if they were to share a few it might be these).
As a former motion picture executive and current instructor of fiction writing, I’ve heard too often the incorrect definition of a sympathetic character. It is not necessarily someone we like. It is not necessarily someone we admire as a doer of good deeds. We follow characters with interest and compassion when we have a...
It can strike while you’re working on any piece, anytime, anywhere. You're writing along like butter, and suddenly a stomach-wrenching jolt slams you up against a concrete wall. That thunderous voice in your head rebukes: "THAT'S THE WORST, MOST HORRIBLE, STUPID PHRASE SINCE . . . ." And you’re paralyzed.
Delving into the mental health of characters is dangerous, as it will serve as your own mirror, but to ignore the exploration is perhaps more damaging still, relegating your otherwise excellent work into the pile of works featuring "hard to relate to" protagonists. Here are 3 reasons why writers exclude the mental health...
Both everyday and every day are correct, but they can’t be used interchangeably. Here's a simple explanation of when to use each.
In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “How to Blog Meaningfully and Grow Your Audience” — publishing industry guru Jane Friedman covers the best practices of worthwhile blogging and how it can make a difference to the growth of your author career.
In this live 90-minute webinar, instructor and literary agent Carly Watters shares with you the process of polishing your manuscript and getting it publication ready and more.
When you query a magazine editor, should you propose a word count for the article or let the editor decide? Here's what editors want you to do.
Some people know exactly what they want to write about when they start their memoir. Others come to the computer expecting to purge their life onto the virtual page. If that’s you, take it from me, it won’t work—at least not for a book project. By focusing on the three foundational legs of memoir...
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.
There are many elements writers need to pay close attention to when creating a fictional world. There’s setting, plot, pacing, voice, imagery and so on. Everything is important, everything counts. That said, one of my favorite places to focus my writing attention is on my characters. How do your create a good character? Well,...
Your query letter is your introduction, your handshake, your first date. In order to get an agent to fall in love with your writing, you first must get them to fall in love with your query. It’s only one page, but it’s your most important page. What makes some queries successful, while others immediately...
BY JESSICA STRAWSER Can you imagine 30 days from now holding your finished first draft in your hands? It's possible. Here are 30 tips, resources and strategies for writing a book in a month.
BY ELIZABETH SIMS When your plot starts lagging behind your word count, try one of these simple suggestions for picking up steam.
Writers often have a tough time staying on our diet—you know, the one where our goal is to burn as many words as possible onto the page each day. That's why we're here to help.
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.
Literary agent Marisa A. Corvisiero, Esq., explains common and not so common mistakes most writers make and will critique your query letter and first 1,000 words of your novel.