Although both professions study and treat people with psychological and behavioral issues, there are big distinctions between psychologists and psychiatrists. Fortunately, you don’t need to feign emotional trauma and lie on a couch for hours to get it right in your work. Here’s a breakdown.
Here's the breakdown on what you need to know when signing a book contract that includes an advance, including what it means and how it works.
I came across this new resource for writers from a company called Vook. It looks like a fascinating tool for self-published authors, allowing authors to track book sales that are reported through most of the major players in the ebook and POD business--Amazon, Amazon KDP, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Nook Press, Kobo Writing Life,...
No matter how you want to publish, and whether you write fiction or nonfiction, you should produce a business plan for each and every book you write and publish—before writing a word of your manuscript. Let me offer you eight good reasons why I believe this is an important practice if you want to...
There are a couple of places where your manuscript's word count needs to appear. Here they are.
So you're thinking about a freelance career in writing? Consider this information before diving in and becoming a freelance writer.
Here are a few tips to make sure you don’t go overboard with negative personality traits.
Television writer Chad Gervich breaks down the most common complaints made by scriptwriters about Hollywood agents.
So how does one approach the monster once you’ve decided to write a memoir? Following are some lessons memoirist Nancy Spiller learned from writing her own.
Come join me this spring at a great writing event in Southwestern Ohio — The Mad Anthony Writers Conference, happening April 4-6, 2014. I will be a keynote speaker at the event and will be teaching several sessions too. The conference also features multi-genre workshops, pitch appointments, critiques, advice appointments and more. Read on...
Here's the difference between alright and all right (hint: one of them technically isn't a word). Here's a simple explanation.
If you dare to write about less-than-charming characters, you don’t need to always redeem them with an ending in which they see the error of their ways, mend their faults and allow their flinty hearts to be transformed into a choir loft of goodness. You see, Hollywood movies have greatly influenced audience expectations to...
Take this quiz to determine if your beloved is joyful or jealous of your way with words.
Are you a member of a helpful and creative writing group? Do you meet with fellow writers to share your work, receive thoughtful feedback, get a boost of inspiration, and hang out with others who love the craft? We’d love to hear from you!
There are some crucial differences between the professional ones and the ones who want to be professional. These are the five that I’ve noticed during my career.
One writer says to survive as a writer you need to allow yourself to accept these 13 things.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably asking yourself "how do I published my children’s book idea?" Well, I have good news for you. It’s simple! Just follow these 28 steps, and your book will soon be available to customers all over the world!
It’s not just an amazing success story, it’s a new precedent for authors everywhere: Thanks to Hugh Howey, you don’t have to choose between the allure of self-publishing and your dreams of big book deals. You can have both.
Stumped by submission guidelines calling for “high-concept” romance, suspense, young adult or other popular fiction? These 7 qualifiers will help you gauge how (and where) your work fits in.
5-Minute Memoir is exactly what it sounds like—a personal essay on some facet of the writing life, be it a narrative or a reflection, pensive, touching or hilarious. Enjoy this installment from Peter Jurich.
Writers’ colonies are little-known treasures: they exist all over the United States and abroad, but many writers have never heard of them. Here are six ways to find (and apply for) these hidden gems.
If you think low-res writing programs are second-rate, think again. Here’s why they might just be the best way to become a better writer.
It's the perfect time to restart your engine and get back into writing. Here, I offer up a 12-day plan of simple writing exercises to help you keep your creative juices flowing without eating up too much of your time. Follow this plan and in less than half a month, you’ll not only...
As a writer, are you going to write fiction or nonfiction?. The latter spans a wide range of subjects. This category is made up of literary works that can retell events that really occurred or people who actually lived at one time. Barbara Koppel, a veteran independent filmmaker said, “Nonfiction takes you on a...
Writing a dynamite first line that captivates readers and encourages them to read on is difficult. Here are several different approaches to writing a killer opening line (and examples from classic novels to accompany each).