A troll who mocked the Harry Potter author's offer of writing tips got some caustic counseling.
There are lots of people (including myself, once upon a time) that talk about writing but never actually commit to doing
Unlike most writers I do not have a set genre I prefer to write. I have the memoirs coming, a romance fiction novel, then
Find at least three pieces of data. Write the numbers in your freelance journal, and then write the story behind each number
I would go on to meet more readers and sell books and speak to larger and larger groups of people. Yet no experience was
So often in writing, we get pulled by the words or by the characters or some other exciting part of the process. However, the reason readers are going to keep coming back to pick that book up again is for the actual story, the drama and the high stakes to get to the end.
Give a full description. Know in your head just what your character looks like and sounds like, what job she has, what yearnings
I've found that there are 3 common myths about writing that are, frankly, BS. I used to believe these, and I wonder if you
Why We Love a Quote A great quote can be the ultimate in a short, but heavy hitting message. We all love a good quote for
A lot of writers worry about the future because no one knows how well the next book will sell. Keep your eyes on the page. That's where all your opportunities wait, where all your happiness and interest and pleasure waits.
Since a good bit of your life [and grade!] will rely on essay writing, you may as well hone your skills early so you can shock your professors and continue to improve your grade.
It is easy to sit in my living room and judge someone else's paranoia; it's another thing to live my life without ever believing
Years ago I read the Goethe quote, "The worst thing one can do is to think ill of oneself." It seemed true enough to me at the time -- I certainly thought ill of myself now and again and it never led to any good. But Goethe didn't say thinking ill of oneself was one of the worst things you could do; he said it was the worst thing you could do.
However many people end up reading our work, each individual person will have their own relationship with what we have written. Some will love what we write, some will be indifferent and some will flat out hate it.
Over the past month, I was honored to chat with Ethan Sawyer, the College Essay Guy. Sometimes, if we are lucky, someone comes along who we instinctively know is an authentic, good person.
I always embrace negative emotions and use them as character research. Pushing guilt, resentment, or anger aside doesn't
Until you have found your voice, no matter how diligently you study craft, writing will remain frustratingly unknowable, the blank page a moving target you come to fear and resent.
The downside of the author life is that it can take a while before you make enough money to hire support, but once I hit
When you write something, no matter how many times the idea has been conveyed, it is unique because YOU are unique. No one will a write something exactly as you do. And we need every last version, every individual nuance, every voice.
When I first started out as an Event Planner I wanted to have a place where I can share some tips and recipes that I would