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The 10 Types of Writers' Block (and How to Overcome Them) New Fiction Exercises, Brian Kiteley. Brian Kiteley Sample Fiction Exercises from The 4 A.M.

New Fiction Exercises, Brian Kiteley

Breakthrough These are some exercises from The 4 A.M. Breakthrough (a follow-up to my book The 3 A.M. Epiphany), which was published in January 2009, by Writer’s Digest Books. MpdsleS0ii1r0acyio1_500.jpg (JPEG Image, 284 × 750 pixels) - Scaled (79%) Set up Your Story in the First Paragraphs. By Jodie Renner, editor, author, speaker. Read Great Books to Inspire Your Own Writing. This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Jane Higgins, author of the acclaimed YA debut, THE BRIDGE) at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent — by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning.

Read Great Books to Inspire Your Own Writing

(Look over our growing list of young adult literary agents.) GIVEAWAY: Jane is excited to give away a free copy of her novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks; winners must live in Canada/US to receive the book by mail. You can win a blog contest even if you’ve won before. Problem With Procrastination? Try Doing Nothing. Just about anyone who has ever put off a troublesome task is familiar with one of my Secrets of Adulthood: Working is one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination.

Problem With Procrastination? Try Doing Nothing

When there’s some chore you just don’t want to tackle, every other chore seems alluring. As a friend told me, “My apartment is never cleaner than when I have a writing assignment due.” In Roy Baumeister and John Tierney’s fascinating book, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, they suggest the “Nothing Alternative” to this problem. That is, if you want to get yourself to do something, make the alternative to that task to do nothing. This rule was inspired by the habits of writer Raymond Chandler. Anton Chekhov on Writing. My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end.

Anton Chekhov on Writing

It is there that we authors do most of our lying. When you describe the miserable and unfortunate, and want to make the reader feel pity, try to be somewhat colder — that seems to give a kind of background to another's grief, against which it stands out more clearly. Self publishing costs nothing. A number of people have asked me “How much does self-publishing cost?”

Self publishing costs nothing

, so this post will clear that up. It may be controversial! Please do post comments if you disagree or have questions. Answer 1: It costs nothing. Nonfiction Narrative and the Yellow Test. Draft is a series about the art and craft of writing.

Nonfiction Narrative and the Yellow Test

I went to see Carrie a week after her accident. Her shoulder had been broken, the bone shattered, and 24 stitches were needed to sew the cuts on her face. Author of Historical and Speculative Fiction. English Idioms Beginning With 'A' - Page 1. Daily Writing Tips. 30 Indispensable Writing Tips From Famous Authors. Colson Whitehead’s Rules for Writing. Rule No. 1: Show and Tell.

Colson Whitehead’s Rules for Writing

Most people say, “Show, don’t tell,” but I stand by Show and Tell, because when writers put their work out into the world, they’re like kids bringing their broken unicorns and chewed-up teddy bears into class in the sad hope that someone else will love them as much as they do. How to Write a Great Novel: Junot Diaz, Anne Rice, Margaret Atwood and Other Authors Tell.

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How to Write a Great Novel: Junot Diaz, Anne Rice, Margaret Atwood and Other Authors Tell

ET (See Corrections & Amplifications item below) Richard Powers lounges in bed all day and speaks his novels aloud to a laptop computer with voice-recognition software. Junot Diaz, author of the Pulitzer-prize winning novel "The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, " shuts himself in the bathroom and perches on the edge of the tub with his notebook when he's tackling a knotty passage. Hilary Mantel, whose Tudor drama " Wolf Hall " claimed this year's Man Booker Prize, jumps in the shower when she gets stuck. Writers Groups. Thinking of joining a writers group?

Writers Groups

A writers group is an informal gathering of writers who meet once a month or more to share their poems, short stories, novels, or essays. They share advice and criticism, and generally support one another through the process of writing and submitting their work to literary agents and editors. These groups are also a great source of writing-related news and industry leads (especially online groups). 7 Simple Ways Writers Can Pay It Forward » All About Writing. Using Dialogue Tags and Punctuation Properly. Dialogue can be tough, but for a lot of writers, tagging and punctuating it correctly is even harder.

Using Dialogue Tags and Punctuation Properly

Here are some of the most common errors I see, and how to correct them. Dialogue Tags You should use a dialogue tag anytime it’s not completely clear who is speaking. A dialogue tag lets the reader know who’s speaking. What Is Considered Previously Published Writing? Theory of Narrative Causality. "The truth about stories is that's all we are. " — Tom King, novelist Things happen because the plot says they should.All fictional realities have this underlying principle to one degree or another.

It is the reason Plot Technology and Plot Armor work. It's why The Good Guys Always Win in the end, even though many individuals may try and fail and die gruesomely before the protagonist comes along. Westbow Press Blog. Welcome to the WestBow Press Blog. We invite you to share your thoughts with us as we continue to provide writing tips, encouragement and book marketing ideas. With an extensive list of publishing industry professionals, published writers, marketing experts and Hollywood consultants who regularly contribute their tips and hints for Christian authors, our blog can help you whether you're a writer just beginning your first book or a seasoned author looking for fresh marketing strategies.

Jodi Baker, Marketing Specialist Pete Nikolai, Director of Backlist Development & Publishing Services for Thomas Nelson Keith Ogorek, Senior VP of Marketing for Author Solutions, LLC. Canada Writes - Louise Penny Master Class: 18 things I wish I'd known before starting my first book. How To Write Fiction Based On Real Life. Writing fiction from real-life experiences isn’t as easy as it sounds. Fiction writers—writers of short stories and novels—must know when to use real-life details and when those details don’t work well in prose. Putting your real life in writing can be inspiring, but it can be dangerous too. Creating Fiction From Personal Experiences: The Obsessed Writer’s Guide To Crawling Your Way Back To Sanity « Courage 2 Create.

Canada Writes - Shyam Selvadurai vs. Robert Hough: Write what you know/Write what you don't. Courage 2 Create. 20 Ways to Kill Your Writer's Block Forever. Has this happened to you? You want to write some new posts for your blog, but nothing’s coming to you. You’re just sitting there, with those blank white pixels taunting you, until your eyeballs hurt. If you’re going to be a successful writer of any kind — blogger, journalist, copywriter, novelist, you name it — writer’s block can’t happen.

Why reading aloud makes a book so much better. As a result of the Dickens bicentenary, I have been listening to the unabridged Naxos recording of David Copperfield read by Nicholas Boulton. Ten Obvious Truths About Fiction. The following essay was previewed in the class that Stephen Graham Jones taught for LitReactor, Your Life Story Is Five Pages Long. Prompts, lessons, and resources for writing classrooms.

Pan-European MFA - Creative Writing. 6 Writing Tips From John Steinbeck - Maria Popova - Entertainment. Set up Your Story in the First Paragraphs. Creative Writing Prompts. You’re sitting at the breakfast table one morning, looking at the top news stories while drinking your coffee. How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method. How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Writing. Procrastination has to be one of the top enemies of productivity.

Steven Pressfield, author of “War of Art” would call it one form of resistance. Today, author and blogger Ali Luke from Aliventures provides some strategies. My personal tools include Write Or Die for first draft writing and diarizing like a crazy person, blocking chunks out for each part of my life. Writers, Agents & Editors Network Blog: Henry Miller's 11 Writing Commandments. Author Henry Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980) released the book On Writing in 1964, but to this day his 11 writing commandments are taught to writing students around the world. The Writer: Advice and inspiration for today’s writer. 25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing.

I read this cool article last week — “30 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself” — and I thought, hey, heeeey, that’s interesting. Writing Quickly: A Secret Strategy. Tips And Tricks For Writing Fast (And Professionally!) (25) The Guardian on Facebook. Haruki Murakami: Talent Is Nothing Without Focus and Endurance. William Shunn : Manuscript Format : Short Story - StumbleUpon. Pro Writing Tips » Grammar and writing tips. Top 10 Tips : Starting and Finishing the 1st Draft - Rasmus Rasmussen dot com.

Writing tips. Writing tips. 25 Things Writers Should Start Doing.