When I wailed, “I want to be a writer!” my husband gave me the tough news. “Linda—a writer writes.” I had not made writing a priority. Here's what I did and what you can learn.
Getting in one’s own way is a problem I think most writers suffer with from time to time. Here's how to get out of your way and get writing.
The year I turned 20 I sat down and made out my bucket list, jotting down the decade birthdays—30th, 40th, 50th, and so on—and beneath each entry what I hoped to have accomplished by that date. Longevity not being a strong family trait, I figured I had maybe five decades to make my life’s...
In this live 90-minute webinar, instructor and literary agent Marisa Corvisiero will brief authors on how to submit their work and show them how to carefully prepare the best submission package that will get the attention of reviewing agents and editors.
In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “How to Write & Sell Your Mystery, Suspense, or Thriller Novel for Any Market” — instructor and literary agent Andrea Somberg will teach you the ins and outs of the current market.
When writing about vampires, the key is to avoid making them cliche. Here's how to do that.
Here’s how to use the world’s biggest online reader hub to grow your audience exponentially.
Former agent and children's book expert Laura Backes Bardwants offers up some advice for budding children's book writers and more.
If you’re waiting for your muse, guess what? It’s inside you, just waiting for you to let it shine bright. Here are five ways to flex your writing muscle and get something accomplished now.
I recently attended a literary event where several writers read their work. I sensed polished pearls buried deep in there somewhere but honestly, I couldn’t hear them. The writers mumbled, stumbled, ran sentences together and acted as though their words were on a bullet train to a faraway station. Their verbs may have been...
Highly readable books are polished, refined, sophisticated, and mature on all three levels. To fulfill the potential of your book, develop and sharpen the following top ten elements.
In this live 90-minute webinar, instructor and literary agent Sara Megibow will discuss the specific steps a romance author can take to pursue publication. Plus, Sara will critique the first 10 pages of your romance novel. It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, April 2, 2015.
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.