the writing life
How to Rev Up Your Writing: Habits for More Effective Writing
Writer's Digest author and author coach Nina Amir shares 4 ways to create better habits for more effective writing, including cutting down on distractions.
Embracing the Blank Page: Why All Writing is an Act of Courage
From writing sketch comedy to novels to telling true stories from his own life, William Kenower has found that all writing takes courage. Learn more about how to gather the courage to turn nothing into something.
Perfect Stories: The Pursuit of Perfection & Surrendering Your Story to Your Readers
Sometimes finishing a story is the most unsatisfying part of writing. No matter how hard you work on it, you may still feel something is missing. William Kenower discusses this dissatisfaction, the quest for perfection, and the need to relinquish your story to your readers.
5 Things Writers Should Stop to Appreciate on Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving can be a time of straight-up existential crisis for writers. But Thanksgiving is also a time to stop and appreciate the things you care about, to express gratitude for all the whosits and whatnots that keep you ticking and typing.
When Writing Fiction Can Help Us Understand Reality
Author Reyna Marder Gentin discusses how writing fiction helped her gain a new perspective on her personal life.
The Glamorous and Unattainable Writing Life: 6 Common Misconceptions About Being a Writer
Now that you've published a book, you can afford that fancy NYC loft, right? Emily Bleeker clears up a few common and hilarious misconceptions about writers.
Two Authors Discuss How Their Debut Novels Were Picked Up by Hollywood
Film adaptations aren’t typically in the plotline for debut novels, but two new thriller/suspense authors, Kathleen Barber and Rea Frey, have capped their debut dreams with film contracts for books seemingly written for the screen.
How Freud's Fundamental Rule of Psychoanalysis Applies to the Writing Experience
How does Freud's fundamental rule of psychoanalysis apply to the life of a writer? DeSales Harrison explores how his former training as a psychoanalyst helped him craft his novel—and the writing process in general.
Guide to Critique Group Etiquette: 9 Embarrassing Mistakes That Make You Look Like an Amateur
As a writing critique group member, you walk a hair-thin line between appropriate ruthlessness and inappropriate intrusiveness. So how do you know where the boundaries are before you stumble into them? Here are nine mistakes it’s never okay to make.
Jeff Somers and the Rough Beast, Episode 1: How to Write a Novel
This video series follows author Jeff Somers (Writing Without Rules, coming from WD Books in May 2018) as he begins and works on a new science fiction novel, tentatively titled Rough Beast.