For the Writer…

  • Helping Writers Become Authors - The 7 Stages of Being a Writer (How Many Have You Experienced?)
    If life is a journey and writing is a lifestyle, then we know writing itself is not a destination but a discovery. Some of the stages of being a writer are momentous, life-changing, and unforgettable. (Outlines, story structure, and character arcs were like that for me.) Other discoveries blur past, lost in the hustle and grunt of our forward momentum. But they’re every bit as formative and important. This spring, I find myself at what ... read more
    Published on Monday, March 27th, 2017
  • WritersDigest - New Literary Agent Alert: Kortney Price of Holloway Literary
    Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Kortney Price of Holloway Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. About Kortney: Prior to joining Holloway Literary as a Literary Assistant, Kortney completed internships with Andrea Hurst & Associates, Amphorae Publishing Group, and Inklings Literary Agency. In 2014 she graduated with a B.A. in English from Greenville College. Kortney manages ... read more
    Published on Monday, March 27th, 2017
  • The Write Conversation - Intro to Instagram
    by Bethany Jett @BetJettIf you’re a writer, there’s a good chance your readers are women (even James Patterson says the majority of his thriller genre audience is female)[1], and there’s a great chance those women use Instagram. Facebook owns Instagram, so while you’re not really diversifying your social media baskets in terms of ownership, Facebook and Instagram are two totally separate animals. What happens on Instagram does not necessarily matter on Facebook, and vice-versa, so ... read more
    Published on Monday, March 27th, 2017
  • Live Write Thrive - Diet and Exercise for the Super-Productive Writer
    I know. There’s nothing more distasteful than talking about diet and exercise. But seriously, how can we weigh in all the factors to being productive without discussing this? Since we’re spending these months looking out how to be super productive writers, we have to go here. I’ll try to make this as painless (and guilt-free) as possible. Stay with me. Let’s take a look first at one of the hard truths about being a writer, ... read more
    Published on Monday, March 27th, 2017
  • The Creative Penn - Podcasting Tips And Tricks With Jerod Morris
    Podcasting definitely changed my life and so I am an evangelist for audio! Whether you want to start or improve your own show, or become a guest on other people’s, you’ll find lots of useful tips in this interview with Jerod Morris. In the introduction, I give an update from New Orleans where I’ve been co-writing a dark fantasy story with Lindsay Buroker, J Thorn and Zach Bohannon this week. Lots of pics on my Facebook ... read more
    Published on Monday, March 27th, 2017
  • Jane Friedman - The Myth About Print Coming Back (Updated)
    This post first went live in June 2016; I’ve updated it with more recent industry statistics. If you enjoy this post, I highly recommend subscribing to The Hot Sheet, an email newsletter for professional authors that I write and edit with journalist Porter Anderson. When I read mainstream outlets on publishing industry issues (such as The New York Times or The Guardian), few things are more frustrating than articles that tout the “resurgence” of print—as well as ... read more
    Published on Sunday, March 26th, 2017
  • Dean Wesley Smith - Collections and Workshops
    Short post tonight to keep my blogging streak alive on this Saturday night. Turned in two collections tonight, plus worked on the Strength workshops this afternoon and evening. I will try to remember to let you know when the collections are live. We will be another few weeks before we get the sixth Strengths workshop up. We are enjoying working on them and answering assignments. So far so good. If you want to take three you ... read more
    Published on Sunday, March 26th, 2017
  • The Write Conversation - Faith for the Word People
    by Edie Melson@EdieMelsonFor we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7As writers, we have chosen to follow a difficult path. I remember, after a particularly hard week, my husband remarked that he wished I’d chose another career, something simple—like becoming a movie star. His comparison was more appropriate than he realized. Success, for both career choices appears, from the outside at least, to rely on being popular with a lot of people. Reaching the ... read more
    Published on Sunday, March 26th, 2017
  • WriterUnboxed - Patience over the Long, Long Haul
    Let’s say I’m writing a novel. Heck, let’s say I’m rewriting it. And let’s say this process is taking me an ungodly long time. How long? Let’s not get bogged down in details. This is all theoretical, anyway. I’m hypothesizing for a friend. Why, fellow unpublished novelist, might this rewrite be taking so long? There are so many reasons: kids, home, work, aging parents, democracy, volunteering in your community, etc. If you want to ... read more
    Published on Sunday, March 26th, 2017
  • Positive Writer - Take the 40 Reasons “Why Do You Write?” Challenge
    Why do I write? Good question. 40 reasons? Seriously?! Okay. I can do this. Challenge excepted! Read on… Would you like to accept the 40 reasons why do you write challenge? (Yes, I made it up.) If so, take the challenge (dare you!) by posting your reasons on your blog and then come back here ... read more
    Published on Sunday, March 26th, 2017
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