Category: Advice

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Writing advice: READ EVERYTHING ALL

Author: itstartswithablankpage Writing advice: READ EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME! You won’t be a good writer otherwise. Me: Uhh, no Author: itstartswithablankpage
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On Writing Advice

Author: emptymanuscript One of the reasons I love advice that tells you WHY you should do it (instead of do x, y, or z) is because one size fits all in story is the same as one size fits all in clothing. Yes, it will fit, but it won’t fit...
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How to Steal: Good Writers Borrow

Author: letswritesomenovels Good writers borrow. Great writers steal. -T.S. Eliot * This is great writing advice, but many people are wary about following it because they misunderstand what the terms “borrowing” and “stealing” mean in this context.  I’m here to clarify.  Borrowing is using something of someone else’s. Stealing is making...
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Writing Advice: Cause and Effect

Author: badwasabi Have you ever watched a movie? A TV show? Animation? Literally anything with a narrative?…Yes?Great, so you’ve seen a reaction shot. When someone says or does something, and they cut to someone else looking shocked, or surprised, or happy.And?Didja ever see one
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Quotes | Bob Thurber

Author: brandonrucker Quotes | Bob Thurber Bob Thurber (Paperboy: A Dysfunctional Novel; Nothing but Trouble), one of the finest writers in the English language (and a personal acquaintance), has been a literary mentor of mine for over fifteen years now. I recently stumbled across some more sage writing advice from him over...
Awesome Advice from Mesa Writer in Residence @ShonnaSlayton #amwriting 0

Awesome Advice from Mesa Writer in Residence @ShonnaSlayton #amwriting

Author: robertagibsonwrites Awesome Advice from Mesa Writer in Residence @ShonnaSlayton #amwriting Arizona writers are incredibly lucky this year because our libraries are offering Writer in Residence programs with local published authors. Author Shonna Slayton is the current Writer in Residence at the Mesa Public Library and she gave me some excellent...
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“Write Using Your 5 Senses”

Author: magpiequills This is one of the most well known bits of writing advice, you’ve probably heard it a dozen times. Sight, taste, smell, sound, touch- and maybe even the ‘sixth sense’. These are the most known human senses, but the idea we only have five is a common urban...
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Very Serious Questions with Dennis Sweeney

Author: ndrmag Dennis James Sweeney is the author of “The Rolodex Happenings,” featured in the most recent issue of NDR. Read on for his musings on bad writing advice and his unfortunate David Foster Wallace-inspired novel that fortunately never was. What’s your favorite swear word or insult?I say “Jesus Christ” constantly,...
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Is My Idea Good Enough?

Author: writing-the-words Being a creative person, so many ideas probably go through your mind everyday. Some of the most common advice to writers is “always carry a notebook”, that way those ideas don’t fade away. Is your idea good enough to be your next novel though? It is strong enough? Do...
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15 Pieces of Writing Advice from C. S. Lewis

Author: blackchristiannews 15 Pieces of Writing Advice from C. S. LewisC.S. Lewis In his letters and other sources, C. S. Lewis left various bits of advice on the craft of writing. Below are 15 of the things he said. The bold is my restatement, followed by his actual quote
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Wednesday Writers Wisdom: The Final Chapter by Jessie B. Powell

Author: wendystrain Wednesday Writers Wisdom: The Final Chapter by Jessie B. PowellWhat is Wednesday Writers Wisdom? I’m glad you asked. I originally started this series to share writing advice with other writers, especially beginning writers. I know when I first started writing again in 2010, I needed a lot of
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4 Ways to become an Outstanding Writer

Author: thewordriven Original article by Demian Farnworth here [X] A man and boy sit in an old house crowded with furniture, sunlight, and dust. A guitar rests on the boy’s knee. Tiny fingers grip and pluck the strings. The man is nodding, rocking as the boy plays. The man is...
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Considering Your Audience

Author: yeahwrite Man, this is a really tough one! But it’s also something I’m sure all writers grapple with. I know I have. The debate of whether to consider your audience during the writing process has been contested forever. John Steinbeck said, “Your audience is one single reader. I have found...
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Plot Twists

Author: yeahwrite curiouscheetah asked: How would one go about setting up a story to end with a plot twist that will leave readers reeling? This is actually a question I get fairly often. I’m somewhat surprised that so many writers even want to employ plot twists, or leave their readers
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Too Much Inspiration or Unfocused Inspiration

Author: astridwrites Too much inspiration sounds like the opposite of a problem, right? Wrong. So so wrong. A lot of times this means one of two things: you have inspiration for lots of things and can’t focus on one, or your inspiration is greatly exceeding your ability to use said...
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Great Advice To Writers, From Writers

Author: sherriemiranda POSTED 8 MONTHS AGO BY THE LITERACY SITE Great Advice To Writers, From Writers The writing process is something only other writers understand. For those days when the inspiration just isn’t coming, here are a few quotes that will inspire you to keep at it — from a
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#IWSG – What Does it Mean to ‘Write What You Know’?

Author: charlesray45 Here we are again – first Wednesday, and time for another session of Alec Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer Support Group, a forum of writing advice, pats on the back, and anecdotes on the writing life to help us all get over those little bumps in the road. You should...
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mooncat9000 asked:Hello. I’ve been

Author: yeahwrite mooncat9000 asked: Hello. I’ve been following your blog for some time now, and I think it’s great. I’ve got a question about freelance writing. I’m not sure that it’s been covered here before; searched “freelance” in the box, but didn’t get any posts showing up. Anyway, I’m an...
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Indies Unlimited Resource Pages

Author: yourevilmastermind Indies Unlimited Resource Pages Here at Indies Unlimited, we are constantly trying to identify the needs of authors at all levels of the publishing spectrum. In an effort to provide useful information in a sea of internet data, we’ve recently introduced some Author Resource Pages. Some of our new...
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Getting Unstuck as an Author

Author: shannonathompson Getting Unstuck as an Author Shannon, here, for one announcement: I’ve joined Pinterest as well. You can join me by clicking here. I have boards for The Timely Death Trilogy, November Snow, and Take Me Tomorrow – as well as boards for cats, coffee, and my crazy imagination. There...
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A Roundup of Advice on Writing, By Writers, For Writers

Author: openbooksorg On September 19th, 2013, the 12 authors from our Summer Publishing Academy shared a few words of wisdom about writing at their Book Launch at the Open Books store. Watch the short video here – you might be surprised to hear what these young novelists have to say
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What Literary Agents Want To See When They Google You

Author: ludicamarina What Literary Agents Want To See When They Google You If you’re an emerging writer and you’re not following Chuck Sambuchino’s blog, Guide To Literary Agents, you should start. Chuck asked a bunch of agents how they use Google, and what they’re looking for when they do. Here are their responses:...
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My Writing Process – Blog Tour

Author: mcsimonwrites My Writing Process – Blog Tour MY WRITING PROCESS – BLOG TOUR – When I received the invitation from M.A. ADLER to join the My Writing Process – Blog Tour, I was very happy. A blog tour in which we can present and meet new authors and writers
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To all the writing perfectionists …

Author: phelas To all the writing perfectionists … I’m following on from my previous post, Why I Write, and promise this will be one minute and fifty-four seconds well spent. The YouTube clip I’m recommending is titled – Ira Glass on the Creative Process. I know there’s a plethora of wonderful writing...
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How to Write a Author Bio for a Book

Writing a book has many steps, so learn how to write author biographies for your book proposal in this free video clip. Expert: Tim & Darcy Contact: www.fami…
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How to Format Your eBook for Kindle

http://www.anunfairedge.com How do you format a Kindle eBook so that it looks good on a Kindle device? I’ll show you in this video. Common formatting errors .
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Advice to Writers: Margaret Atwood’s 10 Rules of Writing

Author: adreamingskin “Don’t sit down in the middle of the woods” Advice to Writers: Margaret Atwood’s 10 Rules of Writing More writing tips today, this time from poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist, Margaret Atwood. What I love about these lists is they give us a little peek...