Have You Made This Huge Mistake Online (Like Pulitzer Winner Donna Tartt)?

It happened to a gifted writer.In fact, Donna Tartt is so talented, she got the Pulitzer Prize for her latest novel.And yet she made a huge mistake online.I'm writing this to make sure you don't make the same mistake.Here's what happened...Just before getting on a plane from Bangkok to Auckland, I hurriedly downloaded a handful of suspense novels at random onto my Kindle.D...

Scene Stealers: Can Heroes and Villains Fall in Love?

We're thrilled that so many of you are participating in our writing prompt series. (Read the other Scene Stealers here and add one of your own.)  How it worksWe set the scene You steal it, make it your own, and Share your creation in the comments section of this postOf course, it's perfectly fine if you don't want to share your work, but we hope you'll do the exercise an...

Is ‘Finding Your Voice’ as a Writer Just Plain Laughable?

Have you found your voice yet?I hope not!Because this whole idea of 'finding' your voice is pure, well ...cow splatter!Why?Because you and I never lost it in the first place!Our writing voice is innate.What do you think?Are we on the same page here?If so, you'll understand that I'm not going to give you '10 Exercises to Help You Find Your Voice.'YIKES! There'...

7 Ways To Keep Writing When You Feel Like Giving Up

Writing can be hard, hard work.While the idea in your head may be clear and vivid, trying to capture it can be a frustrating experience.At times, it may feel so difficult that you may start to doubt yourself.You may procrastinate.You may even abandon your writing project before it is finished.  Grit–The Key to Success? Research by Angela Duckworth from the University...

Facts of Fiction: Why Every Story Is An Escape Story

"Every story is an escape story." I hold this bold idea in mind as I write a story.I've printed it up and taped it to the wall beside my computer.It serves as a story overview that acknowledges a fact of our human condition: We are all escaping something.  This radical notion hijacked my brain after a decade of professionally assessing and writing film scripts.I found mys...

How to Write For Money AND Love

Do you struggle between writing for passion or profit?At some point, every writer realizes that it's not enough just to write for money, or simply to write for love.To sustain a fruitful long-term relationship with writing, you need to dance between the two, which can be sometimes difficult, often exhausting.We become writers because we love to write.We want to share our opinion...

What are YOU writing?

What are you working on right now?A novel? Your best article ever? A poem? A film script?Maybe you've just finished something you're really proud of? Or you just can't tell whether it should get a Pulitzer or be thrown into the trash?Here's your chance to share and discuss with each other what you are writing about.Whet our appetite with the opening paragraph of your future bestsel...

How To Supercharge Your Writing – Use This Cinematic Technique

Would you like to know how to supercharge your writing?Today, novelists are using cinematic technique to create visually dynamic scenes.Readers, used to watching movies and TV, have come to expect a more "cinematic" experience when they read.They want to watch the story unfold before their eyes rather than be told what is happening in summary or exposition.In film, the story is con...

The Winner of the WriteToDone Flash Fiction Contest No.1

A complete story in 500 words?Is it possible?The winning story of the WriteToDone Contest (read it below) shows what a talented writer can do with 500 words.The contest was judged by the WTD team, Mary Jaksch, Editor-in-Chief and Vinita Zutshi, Associate Editor,  together with Head Judge,  Dr. John Yeoman of the Writer's Village.The judges considered the following questions and a...

10 Ways To Refuel Your Creativity

Sometimes it's a struggle to find what to write about, don't you agree?A blog is like a hungry beast, always asking for more.Sometimes, you're stuck and just can't get anything onto a page. It happens to me too.A short while ago I was on a flight from Thailand to New Zealand and I was determined to write a post. I opened my laptop, put my hands on the keyboard, and focused hard.Wha...