For the Writer…

  • Helping Writers Become Authors - Big News! Introducing the Outlining Your Novel Workbook Software
    The various approaches authors bring to outlining their novels are vast. But the one thing we all have in common is the desire for an effective, streamlined process that helps us create a solid foundation for our stories—as painlessly as possible. I have long been a proponent of outlining, through my many resources both here on the site and via my books Outlining Your Novel and the Outlining Your Novel Workbook. Hundreds of authors have written to tell ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
  • The Write Life - 5 Compelling Reasons You Need to (Finally) Write Your Story
    As writers — whether aspiring or published — we often face the bitter criticism of our own minds before setting a single word to page or screen. We question the “worth” of our story, comparing it to every other story we’ve encountered. We minimize the plot, the message or the idea behind the narrative until it sounds too silly to warrant our attention. Whenever your inner monologue starts to play the villain, consider these five ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
  • Jane Friedman - How Do Literary Agents Approach Diversity?
    Today’s guest post is a literary agent Q&A by Sangeeta Mehta (@sangeeta_editor), a former acquiring editor of children’s books at Little, Brown and Simon & Schuster, who runs her own editorial services company. Most people working in the book world would agree that, although strides have been made to increase diversity, there’s still a long road ahead. Some publishing companies have imprints devoted to multicultural books (HarperCollins’ Amistad, Simon & Schuster’s Salaam Reads, Kensington’s Dafina), and ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
  • Fresh Essays Blog - Using Study Drugs to Earn an “A”: Why You Should Think Twice
    In pursuit of academic excellence, it has become a common practice among college students to take study drugs. Between classes, clubs meetings, games and summer internships, students have little time to study. And to get a boost of energy for those all-nighters, many decide to take stimulant drugs. “Smart drugs” like Adderall or Ritalin are […] ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
  • Chuck Wendig - Dear Writers: A Book Needs Time To Cook
    I’m working on something now that’s three years in the making. And when I say, “in the making,” I mean, “I’ve been making it inside my head.” Translation: a bunch of random ideas were invited to a random idea orgy, and for years they’ve been sticking bits into other bits and sloppily flopping around until eventually they don’t so much have a baby as they glom together and form a slippery, goopy Idea Voltron. What I mean ... read more
    Published on Monday, May 29th, 2017
  • Jennifer Blanchard - Commit To Doing At Least The Bare Minimum Every Day
    For the last three weeks I’ve been prepping and preparing for my move to Texas. Cleaning things out. Clearing out stuff for donation. Selling things. Whatever needed to get done. Which has meant that a lot of what I’d usually be doing in my days and weeks wasn’t getting done or was being pushed off […] The post Commit To Doing At Least The Bare Minimum Every Day appeared first on Jennifer Blanchard. ... read more
    Published on Monday, May 29th, 2017
  • Writers Write - Frederick Douglass Statue Unveiled at Hillsdale College
    Hillsdale College has unveiled a statue of Frederick Douglass. The statue is the eighth figure on the College's Liberty Walk. Read more on writerswrite.com ... read more
    Published on Monday, May 29th, 2017
  • WritersDigest - Ae Freislighe: Poetic Form
    I’ve covered so many poetic forms over the years, but still have somehow neglected the Irish forms. So let’s finish out May with the ae freislighe! Ae Freislighe Poems I think part of the reason I’ve avoided Irish forms is that the rhymes can be so intense, and that’s definitely the case with the ae freislighe. Here are the guidelines: Quatrain stanzas (4-line stanzas) 7 syllables per line Lines 1 and 3 rhyme together, but ... read more
    Published on Monday, May 29th, 2017
  • NaNoWriMo Every Month - Questions 288: Is There A Market For it?
    Subscribe Here! Charles asks: “I want to write a sprawling world with many different stories in it. Is there a market for this? Resources:A Spell for Chameleon by Piers AnthonyOn a Pale Horse by Piers AnthonyRunning With the Demon by Terry BrooksMort by Terry PratchettThe Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. LewisHadrian’s Flight by J. Daniel Sawyer ... read more
    Published on Monday, May 29th, 2017
  • Dean Wesley Smith - Busy, Busy Sunday
    Meetings, Cats, Workshops, Challenges, and some Writing… Yup, all of that. And more. Writer’s meeting at 2 p.m. up at WMG. I unloaded the car full of stuff I got yesterday in the valley picking. Then Kris and I left the meeting early and managed to catch the wild Gavin in enough time to make a vet appointment. Both cats are in good shape. Then I finished some workshop work up at the office, cooked ... read more
    Published on Monday, May 29th, 2017
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