Having self-awareness is tricky when you’re exposed to a lot of stress and noise. This is exactly where a mindfulness journal can help you.
I once heard John Irving give a lecture on his process at the Iowa Writersâ Workshop, an in-depth account of the way his novels come to be. He kicked it off by writing a single sentence on the chalkboard…
Proper grammar doesn’t necessarily communicate a distinct voice that strengthens your content.
Studies show that reading printed material instead of on screens helps you better retain information.
Audiobooks are here to stayâand that’s good news for readers.
The American edition of Hillary Clintonâs What Happened looks stylish and elegant; the UK one is dreadful. But the reasons that books differ so much across different markets isnât solely down to simple sales
Social media is widely considered necessary by authors and publishers for book marketing. But is it as important as an optimized author website?
An unpublished author’s lawsuit against “The Art of Fielding” writer Chad Harbach has gone public, but his day in court is yet to come.
“If you write what you yourself sincerely think and feel and are interested in… you will interest other people.”
Buckle up for a literary road trip through the nation’s heartland.
Publishing is a tough industry. Building an audience can be hard, competition is tight, profit margins even tighter, and most authors have annual wages below the poverty line. Making your way to the still-coveted New York Times best-seller list remains…
A new study represents a new low for pop psychology.
Learn how to write a paragraph in todayâs world of screens and gadgets. The rules have changed and writers must change with them….
Over the last decade, female writers have come to dominate crime fiction, a genre traditionally associated with men. But their appeal goes beyond the byline.
The messaging is clear. These covers are code for women’s fiction i.e. breezy, easy, accessible…
Stuck on what to write next? Head to a flea market or antique shop for some vintage-style inspirationâor use one of these great vintage postcards to jump-start your stories!
Full-time writing can be a feast or famine profession. Many writers dabble in it, and do not earn more than a few hundred dollars per …
Ditch the paper planner with these four easy-to-use to-do list apps perfect for freelance writers.
Whatever else we take from it, Franz Kafka’s nightmarish fable The Metamorphosis offers readers an especially anguished allegory on troubled sleep.
If you want to write a book, there are two surprising skills you’ll need.
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If you’re tired of seeing writing advice from people who’ve never been published, you’ll love these real-world lessons from authors who’ve made it big.
If you’ve ever thought that the publishing industry is tough to figure out, you’re not alone. In fact, I once had an author tell me that getting into publishing is sort of like …
Hugo Gernsback (1884-1967) has mostly vanished from our cultural memory, which is a pity, because he was an extraordinary man, and his influence on our modern age—electrical, science-permeated, and full of wonders—was outsized.
In Ray Bradburyâs landmark 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, outlaws commit books to memory while firemen burn their brittle pages out of existence.
Huckleberry Finn author made up numerous stories for his children, but The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine is the only one to survive
Writers write. It’s the action that defines us. What do you do, then, when you feel like you can’t write?
The first time I published, I went with Ingram Spark because I heard it would be easier to get into bookstores and libraries.
We have questions.
Is it possible to predict whether a book will sell well? Former publisher Jodie Archer and Matthew L Jockers, of Stanford Universityâs Literary Lab, built an algorithm to find out
An American Tragedy. Even though we are better educated than ever, we are reading fewer books
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96 books recommended by Stephen King in On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
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.
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.”
Smartphones and multitasking have stoked an explosion in audiobooks. Publishers, spotting a juggernaut, are expanding their offerings and enlisting star narrators.
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 authorâs true identity emerged. A new film reveals the makings of the myth
Most readers of fiction in North America are, by a wide margin, women. The books are being marketed to them
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
Scientists at the Computational Story Laboratory have analyzed novels to identify the building blocks of all stories…
For as long as I can remember I’ve been interested, in a clinical way, in silence…
These are the seven lessons I learned as an amateur writer that helped me to become a full-time writer.
How much do you really need to say to put a sentence together?
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…
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?
Using these tools you can secure your content and maintain your authorship. They take some time and effort to use, but arenât you and your writing worth it?
Many authors who sell their work directly on platforms like Amazon are having their stories plagiarized, which can take an emotional and financial toll…
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…
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…
“Two months work to do over again… I was pretty mad but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically.”
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.
Does it work?
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¦