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How to Write When Life Sucks

Writers write. It’s the action that defines us. What do you do, then, when you feel like you can’t write?

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Why you should never try and get your books in bookstores or libraries

The first time I published, I went with Ingram Spark because I heard it would be easier to get into bookstores and libraries.

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Are These The 10 Most Influential Poets In History, Or Nah?

We have questions.

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The secret DNA behind bestsellers

Is it possible to predict whether a book will sell well? Former publisher Jodie Archer and Matthew L Jockers, of Stanford University’s Literary Lab, built an algorithm to find out

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The long, steady decline of literary reading

An American Tragedy. Even though we are better educated than ever, we are reading fewer books

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How to Get Paid to Write for Magazines – The Ultimate Guide

So you want to make money writing for top magazines? Read this step-by-step guide by a professional writer who knows what it takes to get published – and paid.

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Stephen King’s Reading List for Writers

96 books recommended by Stephen King in On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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3 Reasons You’ll Never Write That Book

You didn’t do it. You said you were going to. You thought about it, dreamed about it, imagined what people would say when you finally did it. But here you are, still having not written a book.

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Can Serialized Fiction Convert Binge Watchers Into Binge Readers?

As TV dramas get better and better, publishers are getting into the game with serialized fiction. Some are even referring to what they publish as “episodes” and “seasons” rather than “books.”

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The Fastest-Growing Format in Publishing: Audiobooks

Smartphones and multitasking have stoked an explosion in audiobooks. Publishers, spotting a juggernaut, are expanding their offerings and enlisting star narrators.

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JT LeRoy unmasked: the extraordinary story of a modern literary hoax

In the late 90s, JT LeRoy’™s autobiographical tales of abuse as a young man became cult hits, beloved of celebrities from Lou Reed to Winona Ryder. Then the baffling story of the author’s true identity emerged. A new film reveals the makings of the myth

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Russell Smith: Why publishers think pink for book covers

Most readers of fiction in North America are, by a wide margin, women. The books are being marketed to them

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Feeding the Hunger: female writers are storming the male citadels of sci-fi

A generation of readers raised on Harry Potter has had a knock-on effect on demand for fantasy fiction, and left publishers scrambling to sign up women

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By data-mining a vast collection of novels, researchers have identified the six basic plots that all stories follow

Scientists at the Computational Story Laboratory have analyzed novels to identify the building blocks of all stories…

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Total Noise and Complete Saturation

For as long as I can remember I’ve been interested, in a clinical way, in silence…

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7 Things Professional Writers Know That Amateurs Don’t

These are the seven lessons I learned as an amateur writer that helped me to become a full-time writer.

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The World’s Most Efficient Languages

How much do you really need to say to put a sentence together?

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Why Does Anyone Write?

All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness…

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I’m a Writer! But I Feel Like a Fake, A Ridiculous Phony

Have you ever felt like such a fake as a blogger and a writer that you want to walk away and never feel that way again?

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Blog Authorship: Tools to Keep Your Blog Content Safe from Plagiarists and Duplication

Using these tools you can secure your content and maintain your authorship. They take some time and effort to use, but aren’t you and your writing worth it?

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Stealing Books in the Age of Self-Publishing

Many authors who sell their work directly on platforms like Amazon are having their stories plagiarized, which can take an emotional and financial toll…

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Why Hardcover is the New Vinyl

Heading home on the train from class one night, a college friend recognized me and walked over. We did what many New Yorkers do when they see a familiar face in transit…

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How to Get Back On Track When Your Writing Plans Go Awry

So you’ve made a plan for the next seven months. For a month or two, everything goes fine. You’re writing regularly, hitting your targets, and feeling great about your progress. And then something happens. You’™re knocked off-course…

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When John Steinbeck’s Dog Ate His Manuscript

“Two months work to do over again… I was pretty mad but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically.”

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Dear Novel: On Breaking Up with Your Manuscript

You said that I was trying to turn you into a thriller when you were really a literary novel. You wanted character; I knew agents wanted plot. We fought.

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This “Smart Typewriter” Is Supposed to Free You From Your Computer

Does it work?

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On the Heartbreaking Difficulty of Getting Rid of Books

Like a lot of avid readers, I enjoyed Marie Kondo’™s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up but bristled when it came to the section about books. The gist of her now-famous method is this: go through¦

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How to Discover and Protect Your Most Creative Time for Writing

Not all blocks of free time are created equal. Follow these steps to find your best time to write.

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How to Battle Impostor Syndrome: Owning Your Writing as Art

When you cobble together various writing jobs to get by, it can be easy to forget you’re an artist, too…

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Robot Authors Are Coming For Your Prizes, As Soon As They Learn To Write

Don’t hold your breath.

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Fifty Shades of Grey: the book you literally can’™t give away

A branch of Oxfam in Swansea has asked donors to bring ˜less Fifty Shades and more 60s vinyl. Are Britain™s charity shops stuffed with more bestselling soft porn than they know what to do with?

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16 Reasons Why Print Books Will Always Be The Best

Number 5: Big books are a great arm workout, no gym required.

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When to Give Up On Your Work-in-Progress (and When to Keep Going)

Have you ever given up on a writing project part-way through, perhaps after months or years of work? I’™ve abandoned plenty (three novels and two blogs, at the last count). I’™ve also stuck with others even when I thought […]

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George R.R. Martin Admits ‘Winter’ Isn’t Coming”, At Least, Not For A While

The writer says he missed an end-of-year deadline to finish Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the Game of Thrones series. The delay means the show will air the next season before its source material.

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Can You Promote a Book without Making Yourself Miserable?

Author Ed Cyzewski offers insight into building authentic, sustainable practices in book marketing and promotion.

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3 Reasons Why Great Writers Always Work Alone

If collaboration is all the rage, is the great creative individual a thing of the past? Not so, according to these three reasons from Demian Farnworth.

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How to Organize Your Writing Workplace for Better Productivity

The #1 problem every blogger tries to solve is productivity. No matter how cool you are, you need to write…

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A Writer’™s Routine

Here we have a refreshingly honest look into the daily routine of a professional wordsmith. It’s a play-by-play that provides insight into some of the best practices, habits and subjective experiences of best-selling author Ryan Holiday.

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Tell It Again: On Rewriting Shakespeare

Why do we return again and again to Shakespeare’s plays, why do we keep rewriting them? Is it in hope that some of his genius will rub off? Are we searching for new possibilities for interpretation?

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The Dumbest Mistakes New Authors Make

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody….

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Five Tips for Reaching Your NaNoWriMo Goal

NaNoWriMo is upon us again! It is intimidating, but it’s not as hard as it looks. And with these five tips, it’ll look even easier.

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Amazon sues 1,000 ‘fake reviewers’

Online retailer files lawsuit in US against people whose names it says it does not know, claiming they offer reviews for sale

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5 Lies Writers Tell Themselves

Find out how to keep these 5 lies writers tell themselves from holding you back from being the writer you dream of being.

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National Novel Writing Month

November 1-30. The world needs your novel. Here’s how it works…

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Forget The Book, Have You Read This Irresistible Story On Blurbs?

Those snippets of praise on book covers have been around for over 150 years (at least). But how do they get there — and why? The answers are more complicated, and compelling, than you might think.

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How To Become A Prolific Writer While Holding Down A Day Job

Maybe you’re kind of stuck in a place where I was and your only writing when you feel inspired and can fit it in here and there.

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Writing And Parenting: A Survival Guide

Debut father and debut novelist Rob Hart talks to other parent-writers about baby-proofing bookshelves, finding time to write, and how to keep proprieties in order.

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7 Things to Do Before You Get Published

Madeline Martin shares 7 things all authors should do before getting published to stay ahead of the game.

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Why the best writers have the most emotional intelligence

You’ve probably heard the term “emotional intelligence” lots of times. Did you know it was something that could help writers do their work better?

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How to Find an Editor as a Self-Published Author

Indie author Teymour Shahabi explains how to find an editor for the draft of your self-published book and what to look for in a good editing relationship.

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How to Get Back Into Writing (Once You’ve Lost Your Groove)

In this post, let’s talk about how to get back into writing once you’ve lost your writing groove….

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Writers and Their Favorite Tools

In seventh grade, I started hanging out with a girl who wore thick, dark eyeliner and convinced me to shoplift. We’d walk to Main Street after school. One of my favorite shops was the office supply…

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The Lure of Romance Writing (and Earnings) for the Literary Set

A growing number of authors with serious literary cred are finding greater financial success—and a welcoming community—in the romance business.

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6 Ways to Build an Audience Without Writing a Word

If you’d rather head for a root canal than sit down in front of a keyboard and start typing – Here are 6 ways to build an audience without writing a word…

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