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Comic Books for Grown-Ups: 10 Masterpieces of Graphic Nonfiction. By Kirstin Butler Seeing the world in six-panel strips, or what Allen Ginsberg has to do with the wonders of zygotes.

Comic Books for Grown-Ups: 10 Masterpieces of Graphic Nonfiction

Who doesn’t love comic books? While infographics may be trendy today (and photography perennially sexy), there’s just something special about the work of the human hand. Good old-fashioned manual labor, literally, brings a unique richness to storytelling where words alone sometimes fall flat. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite graphic non-fiction, excluding Maus-style memoirs — perhaps another time — since narrowing down to ten picks was tough enough. We’ve long loved authors Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. The Beats invokes the immediacy of 1940s and 50s art, music, and writing; even better, it provides political context and introduced us to an entire panoply of artists whose contributions to the era are lesser known. How do you make 500,000 declassified documents yield up their stories? Read our full review of the SmarterComics series here.

10 Tips on Writing from David Ogilvy. By Maria Popova “Good writing is not a natural gift.

10 Tips on Writing from David Ogilvy

You have to learn to write well. Here are 10 hints.” The better you write, the higher you go in Ogilvy & Mather. People who think well, write well.Woolly minded people write woolly memos, woolly letters and woolly speeches.Good writing is not a natural gift. This, and much more of Ogilvy’s timeless advice, can be found in The Unpublished David Ogilvy, a fine addition to this ongoing archive of notable wisdom on writing. Via Lists of Note Donating = Loving Bringing you (ad-free) Brain Pickings takes hundreds of hours each month. You can also become a one-time patron with a single donation in any amount: Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter. Share on Tumblr. Ray Bradbury Gives 12 Pieces of Writing Advice to Young Authors (2001)

Like fellow genre icon Stephen King, Ray Bradbury has reached far beyond his established audience by offering writing advice to anyone who puts pen to paper.

Ray Bradbury Gives 12 Pieces of Writing Advice to Young Authors (2001)

(Or keys to keyboard; “Use whatever works,” he often says.) In this 2001 keynote address at Point Loma Nazarene University’s Writer’s Symposium By the Sea, Bradbury tells stories from his writing life, all of which offer lessons on how to hone the craft. Most of these have to do with the day-in, day-out practices that make up what he calls “writing hygiene.” Watch this entertainingly digressive talk and you might pull out an entirely different set of points, but here, in list form, is how I interpret Bradbury’s program: The Stinkyink Guide to Publishing Your Book. It used to be that getting a book to market was incredibly difficult.

The Stinkyink Guide to Publishing Your Book

You either went through a publisher (good luck), or printed it yourself (not financially viable). This left many a budding author with an unattainable dream, but no longer! The internet has made both access to publishing companies, and self publishing, possible for the masses. Now, literally the only barrier to producing your own book is knowing how to do it, which is where this guide comes in. You’ll find all the information you need to help write, publish and market your very own publication, whether you pursue the revolutionary eBook format, or go down the well trodden path of physical publishing. Amanda Patterson (The Top 10 Writers Block Quotes 1. Writer’s...)

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READING IS THE INHALE, WRITING IS THE EXHALE: developing writer’s intuition. Reading is sexy Reading came first.

READING IS THE INHALE, WRITING IS THE EXHALE: developing writer’s intuition

It always does. Reading is the inhale, writing is the exhale. I once read somewhere that kids who like to read fall into two groups. The first naturally picks up reading from their environment: they see their parents reading, they find books in the house, they go to libraries and bookstores and learn young and easily the books that they enjoy. The second kind of reader is a different creature – and a member of a much smaller group. I grew up around books. But I am not a well-rounded type. It was BLUBBER, by Judy Blume, and one of the ‘big kids’ had written a book report in the school newsletter about it. In grade one I would sit in reading group, bored out of my little-girl skull, while other kids sounded out Dick and Jane. Reading was my first and earliest drug. Fiction raised me. None of the adults in my life taught me this, at least not in a way that made any real impression.

Four Steps to Finding Your Ideal Writing Voice. 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.

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How to Write Magnetic Headlines. 1,000 Words Can Make You Immortal. How to Write a Manuscript - 5 Tips You Need to Know. Getting started on any writing project is always the toughest.

How to Write a Manuscript - 5 Tips You Need to Know

For years I talked about turning an idea I had from college into a novel so amazing that Oprah would beg to have me on—probably twice! I had notes for the novel in my head and, once in a blue moon, I’d actually sit down to try to write the damn thing. Writers & Bloggers: Passion Creative Group News. 97 Ideas for Building a Valuable Platform.

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Ten rules for writing fiction. Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin 1 Never open a book with weather.

Ten rules for writing fiction

If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a charac­ter's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead look­ing for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry Lopez, who has more ways than an Eskimo to describe ice and snow in his book Arctic Dreams, you can do all the weather reporting you want. 2 Avoid prologues: they can be ­annoying, especially a prologue ­following an introduction that comes after a foreword. 3 Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue. 4 Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said" ... he admonished gravely. 5 Keep your exclamation points ­under control. 6 Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose". 7 Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly. 8 Avoid detailed descriptions of characters, which Steinbeck covered.

13 Weird Ways to Work Through Creative Blocks. How Do You Know You’re Growing as a Writer? I’m not sure how to open this post.

How Do You Know You’re Growing as a Writer?

I thought about playing the simile card and saying something about how becoming a better writer is a lot like becoming a better other thing – a better architect, a better juggler, a better OPI color namer, a better human. That would have been entirely true. And entirely boring. How To Drive Yourself Crazy as a Writer. Here are four simple ways to drive yourself crazy (or to drive other writers & readers crazy!)

How To Drive Yourself Crazy as a Writer

: 1. Think the very first book you’ve ever written is ready for publication. The Obvious Secret to Getting Published in a Magazine. Helium - Where Knowledge Rules. Smashwords - Ebooks from independent authors and publishers. CreateSpace: Self Publishing and Free Distribution for Books, CD, DVD. Online Writing Resource for Writers to Sell Their Work – WritersMarket.com.