How often do we allow others to get into our heads, and cause us to question our abilities? Here's how to handle that and push forward with your writing.
Learn how multiple authors dealt with the challenges of working together on a novel.
In this live 90-minute webinar literary agent Carly Watters will teach you how to deconstruct rejections and more. Plus, as a bonus, Carly will critique your one-page query letter! Details here.
Here are five common causes of writer's block and the solutions to get you out of them.
If you're a parent (or a writer with outside responsibilities), you'll need to find a way to write in an always-changing, consistently disruptive environment. Here's how to do that and reach your writing goals.
In this live 90-minute webinar literary agent Maria Vicente provides you with information that will help take you from concept to first draft, and from final manuscript to pitching. Plus, she will critique your book!
We invited professor, award-winning author and National Black Writers Conference co-founder Elizabeth Nunez to contribute to the conversation on diversity in publishing. Here's what she had to say.
If you have ever written a high school term essay, you can write your life story. Here are the 10 core legacy themes to help you accomplish it.
It may sound funny, but it’s true: Humor is a great way to hook readers, no matter the subject. Here’s how to write better nonfiction simply by lightening the mood.
Write 10 sentences using a different cliché in each. Now, rewrite the sentence to eliminate the cliché and find a more clever and creative way to convey its meaning.
Chances are, you’re not the only character in your book. Here’s what every memoir writer needs to know about invasion of privacy, defamation and the law.
When it comes to writing, like all writers, I’m learning as I go. I was working on White Collar Girl, my fourth novel, I became aware of few crucial things. Let’s just say I debunked some popular writing myths and have learned some valuable tricks that I’d like to now pass along.
Whenever I pitched my book to an agent, I was always quick to point out I’d been a reporter for almost two decades. They’d have to take me somewhat seriously because everyone knows journalists can write. Right? If only that were true.
Hi All! Barbara Poelle again….remember yesterday how I was salivating for a new thriller author? I asked my author Nick Petrie (THE DRIFTER, Putnam, out this week!) how he hooked me in…here’s what he had to say. About Nicholas Petrie: He received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington, won a Hopwood...
I am hoping that 2016 brings me that pulse pounding plot without using words like CIA, Hezbollah or North Korea. I am craaaaving a more … hmm, personal plot? Here's what I'm looking for.
Mention the word outline in a room full of writers, and you’re sure to ignite a firestorm of passionate debate. Writers either love outlines, or they hate them. We either find them liberating, or we can’t stand how confining they are. Let’s take a look at how to get the most out of the...
The Pulpwood Queen & Timber Guys Book Club is the largest meeting and discussing book club in the world. I first met its founder, Kathy Murphy, at her annual Girlfriend Weekend in January 2015, where tiaras, pink feathered boas and costumes are required (yes, that’s me in the pic, dressed as Scarlett, with Kathy,...
Every press kit requires 8 main parts. Here's what to include and how to put it all together in a professional way.
Take an honest look at the real reasons our stories can stall—and discover 9 simple strategies to help you make it to “The End.”
In this intensive and information-filled 90-minute live webinar, publishing industry expert Jane Friedman helps you think like an industry insider who makes decisions every day on what work merits print publication. Sign up now!
Here are the good habits you should develop and add in your writing life if you want to find success.
I believe in writing my thrillers in having an inseparable trinity of Character, Research and Plot. And I have put them deliberately in what I consider to be their order of importance: This guest post is by Peter James. James is the #1 international bestselling author of the Roy Grace series, with more than...
The message is loud and clear: youth has value but life is basically over in old age. It’s in the preponderance of youth in television shows, movies, on magazine covers and advertisements. And it teaches us to fear aging. It is a lie.
Magazines are always looking for holiday-themed articles. But if you pitch your idea too late, you won't get it published. Here's what you need to know when querying magazine editors your holiday-themed articles.
Unreliable narrators have been admired by readers and writer alike since Holden Caulfield set the gold standard—and they’re more popular than ever in today’s bestsellers. Here are 8 reliable ways to make your characters just unreliable enough to keep readers guessing.