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...

How To Be A Well-paid Writer

Do you struggle to be paid well for your writing? You may find it hard to believe, but good clients are everywhere. Yes, prospects willing to pay for quality content abound. Then why is it so difficult to find them? It depends on where you're looking. If you look at places where cheap content sells, you'll get cheap clients.   But what if you're looking in all the right plac...

How To Use Your Mistakes To Achieve Success As A Writer

Have you ever made a mistake in your writing? There isn't a writer in the world who doesn't make mistakes occasionally. What separates professional writers from amateurs is how they handle mistakes. Some writers see mistakes as disasters. But if you know the right way to handle them, making mistakes may actually be good for you! The more mistakes you make as a writer, the more you l...

How To Rekindle Your Love of Writing

Writing is a lonely process. It takes a lot of courage to sit down and write day after day, week after week, month after month. The struggle can continue for years, while self-doubt, criticism and fear bully you like a gang of thugs. As if that's not torture enough, you may want to move beyond writing for yourself, and pursue publication. Then, the real challenges begin: losing writing...

Scene Stealers – Can You Create A Plot Twist?

Welcome to Scene Stealers, our series of writing prompts designed to flex your creative muscles. 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 works We set the scene You steal it, make it your own, and Share your creation in the comments section of this post Of course, it's...