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5 Unexpectedly Valuable Books for Writers. Writers are expected to read a certain type of books.

5 Unexpectedly Valuable Books for Writers

Beyond reading within their own genres, there are writing guides that seemingly every writer has read and raved about. (Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott is amazing, but I’ve read it a few times!) There are so many other wonderful, thoughtful books for writers available to us, though. Writers Tips #94: 9 Writing Tips From James Frey. All Posts. How to Write. Limyaael Rants Archive - Curiosity Quills Press. The Very Best Articles on Writing in 2014. Practice means what it says: writing is something to be done over and over, something that improves through the repetitive doing but that needs not be done perfectly.

The Very Best Articles on Writing in 2014

~Julia Cameron It’s that time again, it’s the end of the year roundup! (Oh, my bad, this is the very first ever end of the year roundup from Positive Writer. Enjoy!) The Write Practice. Main/Tropes. Writing Articles. Helping Writers Become Authors - Write your best story. Change your life. Astound the world. Creative Writing Courses and Ideas: An Online Resource for Writers. Literary Devices. How to Recover Your Writing Confidence (Even if You Think You Never Had Any) (Image from Flickr by hans s) No writer I know ever feels totally confident about their writing.

How to Recover Your Writing Confidence (Even if You Think You Never Had Any)

Daily Writing Tips. WRITERS' SERVICES. Links checked/Page updated: 1/22/13 Over the past decade or so, there’s been an extraordinary rise in the number of people writing and trying to publish books.


This huge increase in the number of aspiring authors has fueled an equally robust proliferation of schemes and scams aimed at writers–and has also spawned a variety of services supposedly designed to assist them. While some of these services are genuinely intended to help, many are no more than efforts to cash in on a trend (particularly the post-publication services, most of which are explicitly aimed at writers who are self- or micropress-published).

They aren’t necessarily scams, but most will not help you very much. Real definitions for real slang words. Calls For Submissions. ELJ PUBLICATIONS.

Calls For Submissions

A writer’s manuscript is ultimately their heart. It should be treated with respect, and the author should have some control over the process. It’s their book. It’s their words. Every page should be treated with respect, held high, preserved for each and everyone that picks it up. MINERVA RISING. NANO FICTION is currently accepting previously unpublished works of fiction 300 words or fewer for publication in our upcoming spring and fall issues. SHORT MEMOIRS WANTED: Creative Nonfiction is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to memoir. STONE VOICES is a truly beautiful journal focused on the connection between Art and Spirit, Art and Mindfulness, Art and Inner Being.

VINE LEAVES LITERARY JOURNAL Issue #11 vignette submissions are open April 1 - May 31. 4 Tips on the Publishing Experience. Readers: I’ve been around the publishing world.

4 Tips on the Publishing Experience

I’ve edited a couple dozen published or soon-to-be published books. And because I spent most of my career at a small press, I know the publishing process, from conception through editing through publication through marketing. So when it came time to launch my own book, The Listeners, I had a pretty good working knowledge of what had to be done, certainly more so than most first-time authors. But just as being an editor has informed the publishing experience, so is the publishing experience informing my role as editor, and I wanted to take a little bit of time to share with you what I knew, what I’ve learned, and what I will continue to learn. Guest post by Harrison Demchick, an editor with more than eight years of experience in the publishing industry.

Tip #1: Stick With It The Listeners was published on December 17, 2012. Finally, I adapted it into a novel. So: Stick with it. Learn How to Publish a Book: FREE Download from Writer's Digest. 1.

Learn How to Publish a Book: FREE Download from Writer's Digest

Write the best manuscript that you possibly can. Researching Literary Agents. There are hundreds of reasons an agent will pass on your pitch—doesn’t connect with your story, not currently looking for clients, reps thrillers and you submitted a romance, is a Red Sox fan and refuses to rep a Yankees fan, etc.

Researching Literary Agents

Your goal is to find agents most suited toward your writing to minimize the reasons they will pass. The Review Review Story. In the spring of 2008, I stopped submitting to literary magazines.

The Review Review Story

As a fiction writer, trying to get my work published felt as futile and inconsequential as trying to write my name on a snowflake. I spent so much time sending work out and buying envelopes, printer ink, stamps, and paper only to receive one after another rejection letter, sometimes not even written on a full piece of paper but cut from the bottom third, as if rejection of my work were not even worth wasting a full page. Of course getting published is not easy and if it were, the rewards would not feel so valuable and hard-won.

And I know that public recognition can take months, years, if not a lifetime or more. However, I also felt that there was something unsettling about this entire process. And the Wind Cried Lit Mag! Greetings Lit Magshrooms, Famous actors aren't the only ones who get scammed by Ponzi schemes.

And the Wind Cried Lit Mag!

This week we were shocked and saddened to learn of IMAGE Magazine's terrible misfortune. A third-party payment fiasco has left the journal $65,000 in the hole. Editor Gregory Wolfe recounts, "When we signed up with an online event registration company...we made ourselves vulnerable to them. We had no idea they would stop paying us...and that...we would be owed $65,000. " On the subject of shady shenanigans, we've long held the opinion that every mob organization needs its own literary magazine. Fifteen Ways to Write a Novel. Every year I get asked what I think about NaNoWriMo, and I don’t know how to answer, because I don’t want to say, “I think it makes you write a bad novel.” This is kind of the point. You’re supposed to churn out 50,000 words in one month, and by the end you have a goddamn novel, one you wouldn’t have otherwise. 75 Books Every Writer Should Read. Whether you want to make writing your career or just want to know how to improve your writing so that you can pass your college courses, there is plenty of reading material out there to help you get inspired and hone your skills.

Here’s a collection of titles that will instruct you on just about every aspect of writing, from the basics of grammar to marketing your completed novel, with some incredibly helpful tips from well-known writers themselves as well. Writing Basics These books address things like structure, plot, descriptions and other basic elements of any story. Writers' Village University - Writing Courses. LitReactor. Writing Community for Writers, Readers and Literary Agents. Submit Works, Read & Rate Writings. [places for writers] - connecting writers with places to publish.

Voice and style. Grammar Rules: Split Infinitives. Q: I was taught by my English teachers over the years not to split infinitives, but now I see writers splitting them all the time. What gives? —Anonymous Growing up, I also had many teachers who taught me not to split infinitives—just as they taught me not to start a sentence with a conjunction. But, as with the conjunction myth, there is actually no rule that says you can’t split infinitives.

Let me explain. An infinitive is a verb form that generally involves two words, the first of which is usually “to”—to run, to write, to somersault, to tickle, etc. The most famous of all split infinitives comes from the Star Trek gang: “to boldly go where no man has gone before.” 7 Reasons Writing a Book Makes You a Badass. 75 Books Every Writer Should Read. Writing Resources. Writing resources. 201 Ways to Arouse Your Creativity. Arouse your creativity Electric flesh-arrows … traversing the body. A rainbow of color strikes the eyelids. A foam of music falls over the ears. It is the gong of the orgasm. ~ Anais Nin Creativity is like sex. The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do. Writing is a muscle. Smaller than a hamstring and slightly bigger than a bicep, and it needs to be exercised to get stronger.

Think of your words as reps, your paragraphs as sets, your pages as daily workouts. Think of your laptop as a machine like the one at the gym where you open and close your inner thighs in front of everyone, exposing both your insecurities and your genitals. Because that is what writing is all about. Rule of three (writing) 5 Ways Your Brain Sabotages Your Writing... And What To Do About It.

When we sit at the keyboard, we rely on our brains to help us fill that vast white space with intriguing words, well-rounded characters, and watertight plot twists. Sometimes our brains oblige. But more often, our grey matter tells us that we should check Twitter (because what if our blog post got a retweet from someone important?) What To Write About. Write Everyday. Links for Aspiring Writers. The Write Practice — The Online Writing Workbook.

25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer. Practical Tips on Writing a Book from 22 Brilliant Authors. Hello there! If you enjoy the content on Neurotribes, consider subscribing for future posts via email or RSS feed. 25 Things Every Writer Should Know. Refreshed review of Outlinely — a new outliner for Mac. [Due to the major hash I made of my previous review of Outlinely, I have decided to start over with a (mostly) new review.] Thanks to the eagle-eye of one of the folks over at, I was recently made aware of a new outlining application for Mac known as Outlinely (requires OS 10.8 or higher). 8 Writing Techniques to Win You a Pulitzer. Today’s guest post is from writer Joe Bunting, who blogs at The Write Practice. Fifty (50!) Tools which can help you in Writing. How To Avoid Writing at the Level of a Child.

Lessons learned in a writing journey. Author Michael Smart (see my chat with Michael here) has a pet peeve about using too many words when fewer would do. If you haven’t read his riveting Bequia Mysteries, set in the unusual locale of St.