Few books take the country by storm so quickly, but that’s exactly what Andy Weir’s The Martian did. Now it’s not only a bestselling book, but also a box-office topping motion picture. In this interview, Weir discusses the art of writing science fiction, how to incorporate your passions into your writing and more. GIVEAWAY:...
Being a writer can make you crazy. The writer’s life is at once invigorating and exhausting, it can be isolating and wonderfully social, inspiring as well as demeaning. As writers we bring our deepest, most sensitive selves to the page, and often the world can feel like a hyper-critical and uncaring receiver, where competition,...
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As November approaches, many nonfiction and fiction writers are preparing to take on a book-in-a-month challenge. But is it possible to write a book, or a good book, in a just 30 days?
What advice can you offer to other writers in just six words? That's what our friends at Six Word asked on Twitter. Here are our favorite 17 pieces of advice so far. (Hard to believe each is only six words long!)
Reading and writing steampunk can be a lot of fun. Here's what you need to know to write well in this genre.
Here’s how winning a single major writing competition made the difference and helped me (and can help you) get published.
In this live 90-minute webinar literary agents agents Danielle Barthel and Jaida Temperly will guide you through writing the perfect query. Plus, they'll critique your query letter. Sign up now.
Writing sports-themed action scenes provides an opportunity for an author to engage the passions of three different readers: enthusiasts, well versed in the particular sport featured; others unfamiliar with the specifics of this sport, yet athletes nevertheless; and non-athletes not involved with sports in anyway.
Writing is about getting down to it, about finding your way into the moment and sustaining the energy for as long as you can effectively. But the REAL writing is during revision.
Dispensing writing tips is risky business. I do it for a living, and I’ve developed a sort of virtual crash helmet to handle incoming flack. While some things about writing are universally true – in the same way that gravity is there even if you don’t believe in gravity – others are more negotiable....
Writer's Digest editor Jessica Strawser lands an agent and a two-book deal. Here's a sneak peek at how she did it (and what it means for the Writer's Digest staff).
Jamie Ford is the New York Times bestselling author of Songs of Willow Frost and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet—which was an IndieBound NEXT List Selection, a Borders Original Voices Selection, a Barnes & Noble Book Club Selection, Pennie’s Pick at Costco, a Target Bookmarked Club Pick, and a National Bestseller....
When discipline and caffeine aren’t enough to fuel you to the finish line, the writing community might just carry you the rest of the way. Before you decide to run a write-a-thon alone, read this.
Writing a novel in 30 days can be quite a challenging task, physically, mentally and emotionally. Go into it prepared with this quick-and-easy guide.
Want to knock out a first draft in 30 days? Here are 30 tips to help you have a successful month of writing and accomplish your goal of writing a book.
If you’re at an early stage, each piece of research in that fat file calls out to you: “I’m so interesting. I just have to get into your book.” Here's how to include the right information to make your book better.
Here are a few tips for writing in your second, or third, or fourth language.
Here are three ways to avoid dumbing down our stories, our messages, our language when writing for middle grade audiences.
The process of finding a literary agent or publisher is grueling and filled with rejection land mines. And, once published, there is no guarantee a book will be successful or that an author will sell a second book. A writer must be prepared for rejection every step of the way.
Regardless of your type of residency, it is important to use your time wisely. Here are 9 things to keep in mind.
The story of meeting my agent, Barbara Poelle, takes place over an afternoon webinar -- and it changed my life forever. Here's how a webinar helped me land my agents (and, eventually, a book deal).
I was forty-three when I wrote my first novel and realized I’d found my passion. Several years and four novels later, I finally decided to land an agent and get published. Here's how I found success.
After researching and writing my novel Orphan #8—which was published by William Morrow in 2015 and is the August Target Club Pick and an Indie Next Great Read—I put together this list of eight rules for historical fiction research. For each I’ll give you an example of how I applied that rule of research...
On a chilly winter’s eve back in 2013, my forlorn, un-agented self was perusing Janet Reid’s blog. I kept noticing the Query Shark speak in a teasingly scathing tone of another agent. An agent who had been driving her mad of late, yanking riches out from under her well-primed nose. That agent’s name was...