50 Articles on Writing to Help You in 2015

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Over the past year I posted articles on this blog that covered everything—from grammar to writing better characters to getting published and more. Here's a cheat sheet linking to what I consider the 50 best articles that can help you reach your writing goals. My goal is to help you move your writing career forward, and, by making this easy-to-reference guide, you'll have a chance to bookmark it and have a one-stop place to help you have a successful year of writing.

Here's to your best year of writing! ~Brian

8 Articles on Starting Your Novel

4 Approaches for the First Chapter of Your Novel

7 Ways to Create a Killer Opening Line For Your Novel

Important Writing Lessons From First-Time Novelists

7 Steps to Creating a Flexible Outline for Any Story

The Keys to Good Science Fiction & Fantasy Storytelling

Writing Dystopian Fiction: 7 Tips

How to Destroy Your Initial Idea (& Make Your Story Better)

How to Harness Creativity to Empower Your Writing

9 Articles on Structure, Plot and Character

The 7 Tools of Dialogue

The 5 Essential Story Ingredients

The 5 C’s of Writing a Great Thriller Novel

Novel Writing: 10 Questions You Need to Ask Your Characters

Write Better: 3 Ways To Introduce Your Main Character

3 Things Your Novel’s Narrator Needs to Accomplish

The Pros and Cons of Writing a Novel in Present Tense

When Flaws Go Too Far: Avoiding Unlikeable Characters

5 Moral Dilemmas That Make Characters (& Stories) Better

5 Articles on Nonfiction Writing

25 Tips To Make You a Better Nonfiction Writer

5 Lessons I Learned From Writing A Memoir

8 Ways to Prepare to Write Your Nonfiction Book in a Month

Memoir or Novel? 8 Issues to Think About Before Writing Your Own Story

9 Ways to Crack Into Major Markets With Personal Essays

2 Articles About Grammar

Alright vs. All Right

Are Subjects Joined by “And” Singular or Plural? – Grammar Rules

6 Answers to Frequently Asked Publishing Questions

How Long Until You Can Follow Up on Query Letters?

Do You Have What Publishers Really Want?

How Book Advances Work – A Simple Explanation for Writers

What Writing Expenses Are Tax Deductible?

What Are the Guidelines for Formatting a Manuscript?

Will Publishers Buy a 200,000-Word Novel?

5 Articles on Freelance and Copywriting

What Magazine Editors Want (& Don’t Want)

The Secret To Writing Stronger Feature Articles

Copywriting: A Crash Course for Writers Looking to Break In

Is a Freelancing Career in Writing Feasible?

8 Strategies to Build Your Freelance Writing Career

4 Articles on Finding an Agent

How to Write the Perfect Query Letter

8 Unexpected Lessons From Working with a Literary Agent

5 Things Writers Should Ask Potential Agents

How to Be a Writer Literary Agents Want

3 Articles on Publishing

The Pros and Cons of Publishing With a Small Publisher

How to Sell Your Picture Book

Is It My Writing or Is It My Editor?

5 Articles on Finishing Your Novel (and Other Advice)

How to Finish That Novel

6 Lessons Hemingway (& Others) Can Teach Us About Being a Writer

8 Reasons Every Book Needs a Business Plan to Achieve Success

3 Writing Tips from Brat-Pack Star-Turned-Writer Andrew McCarthy

5 Writing Lessons Inspired by Famous Writers

3 Articles on After the Book is Finished

6 Things to Keep in Mind When Gathering Testimonials/Book Blurbs

How to Make the Most of Any Writing Conference

9 Steps to an Effective Virtual Book Tour

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Amanda Jayatissa: On Spiraling Out in Suspense

Amanda Jayatissa: On Spiraling Out in Suspense

Author Amanda Jayatissa discusses the fun of writing "deliciously mean" characters in her psychological thriller, My Sweet Girl.

3 Tips for Writing a Memoir Everyone Wants to Read

3 Tips for Writing a Memoir Everyone Wants to Read

A memoir is an open window into another's life—and although the truth is of paramount importance, so too is grabbing hold of its reader. Writer Tasha Keeble offers 3 tips for writing a memoir everyone will want to read.

Zoe Whittall: On Personal Change in Literary Fiction

Zoe Whittall: On Personal Change in Literary Fiction

Bestselling and Giller Prize-shortlisted author Zoe Whittal discusses the complexity of big life decisions in her new novel, The Spectacular.

Poetry Prompt

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Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a transition poem.

4 Myths About Writing Animal Characters

4 Myths About Writing Animal Characters

Author Codi Schneider debunks four myths about writing animal characters, including that audiences won't connect with animal characters and that they're only for children's books.

Voyager

Voyager

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your character is a modern day voyager.

Stephanie Marie Thornton: One How an Entire Rewrite Added Suspense

Stephanie Marie Thornton: On How an Entire Rewrite Added Suspense

USA Today bestselling author discusses how rewriting a portion of her new historical fiction novel, A Most Clever Girl, added suspense.

Creativity Is Making Small Choices

Creativity Is Making Small Choices

When struggling to work through a creative dilemma, it's best to think of your work in small pieces that create a larger whole. Author Perttu Pölönen explains how creativity is a collection of small choices from an abundance of options.

Zibby Books Market Spotlight

Zibby Books: Market Spotlight

For this market spotlight, we look at Zibby Books, a brand new book publisher (just announced earlier today) that wants to introduce a new model with book champions and ambassadors to the publishing and promotion process.