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10 Top Tips for Creating Your Own EPUBs and eMagazines - Envato Tuts+ Design & Illustration Article. David Foster Wallace on Why You Should Use a Dictionary, How to Write a Great Opener, and the Measure of Good Writing. By Maria Popova “Readers who want to become writers should read with a dictionary at hand,” Harvard psycholinguist Steven Pinker asserted in his indispensable guide to the art-science of beautiful writing, adding that writers who are “too lazy to crack open a dictionary” are “incurious about the logic and history of the English language” and doom themselves to having “a tin ear for its nuances of meaning and emphasis.”

But the most ardent case for using a dictionary came more than a decade earlier from none other than David Foster Wallace. In late 1999, Wallace wrote a lengthy and laudatory profile of writer and dictionary-maker Bryan A. Garner. A correspondence ensued, which became a friendship, which sprouted a series of conversations about writing and language, eventually published as Quack This Way: David Foster Wallace & Bryan A. At one point, the conversation turns to the underappreciated usefulness of usage dictionaries. Reading is a very strange thing. Finding the right publisher - NZ Society of Authors. Publishers are looking for books that will sell. Initially they will try to estimate potential domestic and international sales, plus sales of subsidiary rights such as serialization, radio, film and television rights and most will require the digital rights with the print rights in today's environment. Be wary of a publisher who asks you to pay for the publication.

They may not have much incentive to market your book if they have already made their money on it. If in doubt check our our Writing Scams page. Indie publishers may be bona fide publishing houses, just not part of big-name publishing. New Zealand publishers range in size from large multi-nationals to mid-size firms to one-man bands. For further information about how to find a publisher and submitting your manuscript see our booklet Getting Published available from our online bookshop. You should expect to hear back from the publisher within a couple of months. Publishing Central has information on all aspects of publishing. Resources - NZ Society of Authors. 102 Resources for Fiction Writing « Here to Create. UPDATE 1/10: Dead links removed, new links added, as well as Revision and Tools and Software sections.

Are you still stuck for ideas for National Novel Writing Month? Or are you working on a novel at a more leisurely pace? Here are 102 resources on Character, Point of View, Dialogue, Plot, Conflict, Structure, Outlining, Setting, and World Building, plus some links to generate Ideas and Inspiration. Also, I recommend some resources for Revision and some online Tools and Software. Too many links? Pick a few at random and bookmark the rest for later. 10 Days of Character Building Name Generators Name Playground The Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test Priming the idea pump (A character checklist shamlessly lifted from acting) How to Create a Character Seven Common Character Types Handling a Cast of Thousands – Part I: Getting to Know Your Characters It’s Not What They Say . . .

Establishing the Right Point of View: How to Avoid “Stepping Out of Character” How to Start Writing in the Third Person Monomyth. Welcome to! 100 Useful Web Tools for Writers. All kinds of writers, including poets, biographers, journalists, biz tech writers, students, bloggers and technical writers, take a unique approach to their jobs, mixing creativity with sustainability. Whether you’re a freelance writer just scraping by or someone with a solid job and more regular hours, the Internet can provide you with unending support for your practical duties like billing, scheduling appointments, and of course getting paid; as well as for your more creative pursuits, like developing a plot, finding inspiration and playing around with words.

Turn to this list for 100 useful Web tools that will help you with your career, your sanity and your creativity whenever your write. Getting Organized Thanks to the Internet, disorganized writers are no longer a cliche. Keep track of appointments, interviews and deadlines with these handy web-based tools. Finding Inspiration Beat down writer’s block by using these online idea prompts and inspirational tools. Getting Gigs Getting Paid. Write stuff on Pinterest | Writers, Writing and Writing Tips. The 7-Step Write a Book Fast Program. Post written by Leo Babauta.

I’m often asked about writing (something I’ve done professionally for 22 years), and one of the most common things people want help with is writing a book. I’ve written a number of books, including 110,000 words of a novel in a month (in addition to blogging regularly), and numerous non-fiction books. I could share a lot of tips for writing a book, but my favorite secret is how I can write a book in just three days.

I’ve written several books this way, and really, it’s the same process I used to write 110,000 words in a month. If you want to take several years to write a book, that’s fine, but you’ll want to skip this post. And trust me, it works. Create a Time Limit. That’s it. Happy writing, my friends. For writers: hints - Mem Fox. So you want to write a picture book… There’s some quick-and-snappy advice below, in case you’re in a hurry, but don’t forget to read the important list of 20 do’s and 20 don’ts, which you’ll find at the end of the first section. And there’s even more advice after that.

Before I continue, however, you will discover, if you’re lucky, that the two most important people in anyone’s writing life are agents and editors. First you will need an agent to help you find a publisher; then the publishing house will assign you an editor. A book that’s accepted doesn’t mean it won’t change radically after an editor has cast an eye over it. Years of work may follow. Okay: so you’ve already written a picture book without reading the pages and pages of advice on my website. In order to write, first you have to... Here are twenty DOs and twenty DON’Ts for writers of picture books, to make sure nothing vitally important has been left out from the previous information:...

Even more advice: can you stand it? Allison Tait | writing, whimsy ... life. Where the Writers Go to Write - Writing.Com. Writer Unboxed. British Isles | SCBWI British Isles. Picture Book Den. Writing for Children. The Writing Desk Site Details. Write It Sideways Site Details. Writing and Writers - Flipboard. Writer Resources - GalleyCat. Inspirational Short Stories 2015 : Uplifting, Feel Good Stories. The inspirational, feel good stories posted in this section are from everyday visitors, like YOU, through our post a story page. Please browse through the stories and then share yours!

Learn To Appreciate By Sonia Kaur on September 29, 2015 / 172 views Appreciation are few words of praise which can enhance anybody's confidence and lack of appreciation puts you down, low in confidence. The Art Of Letting Go By CeL on September 29, 2015 / 139 views "By letting go, you allow everything to find its rightful place. Gratitude Matters By Pamela on September 28, 2015 / 553 views As the new day begins, I remind myself that I have so much to be grateful for just outside my front door. It Really Does Get Better By Isra Catori on September 28, 2015 / 481 views There was a time when every new day was just an accident waiting to happen, in my mind. The Unknown Loveliness By Willow, Age 10 on September 28, 2015 / 340 views One Day It Just Clicks By Life Lessons on September 26, 2015 / 1,302 views Think Of Someday.

Writing toolkit - NZ Society of Authors. Resources - NZ Society of Authors. 7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful. There are some bloggers who seem to have a natural gift when it comes to writing. Some bloggers seem to be naturally gifted writers. They manage to get their ideas across clearly and economically, which means that readers can easily follow what they write. Readers devour their clear, economical prose.

Not only is there a lot of respect for what they have to say, but also the way that they say it. People respect what they say – and love how they say it. Whenever they publish a new post on their blog, it always gets dozens of comments and hundreds of shares. It would be great to be as successful as they are, but you don’t know what you need to do to make your writing better. The good news is that there’s a secret you can easily learn which will improve everything you write from now on. The Unfair Advantage Popular Writers Try to Hide You know your writing heroes? Think of your draft as a rough diamond. Somewhat unfair, right? No wonder their writing seems so much better than yours. 1. 2. 3. 33 Unusual Tips To Being A Better Writer.

“Portrait of the Writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky,” Vasily Perov Back in college, my friend Sanket and I would hang out in bars and try to talk to women but I was horrible at it. Nobody would talk to me for more than thirty seconds, and every woman would laugh at all his jokes for what seemed like hours. Even decades later I think they are still laughing at his jokes. One time he turned to me and said, “The girls are getting bored when you talk. 33 other tips for being a better writer Write whatever you want.

Take a huge bowel movement every day. Bleed in the first line. Don’t ask for permission. Write a lot. Read a lot. Read before you write. Coffee. Break the laws of physics. Be honest. Don’t hurt anyone. Don’t be afraid of what people think. Be opinionated. Have a shocking title. Steal. Make people cry. Relate to people. Time heals all wounds. Risk. Be funny. The last line needs to go BOOM! Use a lot of periods. Write every day. Write with the same voice you talk in. Have lots of ideas. Neil Gaiman’s Advice to Aspiring Writers. How to (Really) Make $1,000,000 Selling E-Books – Real-World Case Studies | The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss.

Who will be the JK Rowling of self-publishing? Better still: who will be the legions who make an extra $1,000-$1,000,000 per year? (Photo: The Telegraph, UK) This is a guest post by Ryan Buckley and the team at Scripted. I have added my own tools and recommendations after “TIM” throughout the piece. Enter Ryan Buckley and Team Barry Eisler writes thrillers about a half-Japanese, half-American freelance assassin named John Rain.

Having conquered all that needs to be conquered in the world of commercial publishing, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Eisler’s publisher offered him $500,000 deal for a new two-book deal. The surprise was that Eisler turned down the deal and decided to tackle self-publishing instead. “I know it’ll seem crazy to a lot of people, but based on what’s happening in the industry, and based on the kind of experience writers like you are having in self-publishing, I think I can do better in the long term on my own.” Why eBooks, Why Now? – Don’t go niche-hopping. 1. 2. How To Self-Publish A Bestseller: Publishing 3.0. Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur.

His latest book, “Choose Yourself!” (foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter) came out on June 3. Follow him on Twitter @jaltucher. My most recent book, “Choose Yourself!” Sold 44,294 copies in its first month out [update: just tipped over 100,000 copies as of Dec 30] , hit the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list, was No. 1 on Amazon for all non-fiction books for a few days and is still flirting with No. 1 in its various categories. This post is about what I did differently, why I did it differently, and how I think anyone can do this to self-publish a bestseller. Every entrepreneur should self-publish a book, because self-publishing is the new business card. Unfortunately, most people suck at it. The distinction now is no longer between “traditional publishing” versus “self-publishing.” I hope that everyone self-publishes. More money. Control over design. Speed. Content control. 3) Write.