How to Write Better: 3 Secrets of Transmitting Naked Emotions

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. ~ Hemingway. Naked emotions? Like I felt when I finally gave up screaming for help. When I sank to my knees and wept by the side of the stream, watching my horse about to drown–and unable to rescue her. I’ll tell you what happened in a moment … But this post is not about the horse and not about my...

10 Ways to Promote Your Book on Your Blog

Writing a book is an amazing achievement, one you should celebrate and enjoy. Getting your book from a raw mess of words to a polished, publishable entity, complete with a kickass cover and proper formatting, is even more incredible. The day my latest novel The Sunken went live, I did a happy dance. (The cat, asleep in my lap at the time, did not share my enthusiasm.) If you're at th...

Nominate *Your* Favorite Writing Blog: Top 10 Blogs For Writers Contest 2014/2015

UPDATE: Click here to check out the winners of our 2014/2015 Contest. It's time to open up nominations for the 9th annual Top 10 Blogs for Writers Contest—the blogosphere's biggest contest for writing blogs. How to Nominate Your Favorite Writing Blog: To Nominate your favorite writing blog, you need to do 3 things in the comments section of this post: Nominate only one writing blog. I...

20 Inspiring Quotes to Boost Your Confidence as a Writer

Does your writing never feel quite good enough? You are not alone. All writers feel like that at times. And there is a simple reason why. Hidden within us is the writer we are born to become. And this inner writer urges us to improve our craft. That's a good thing. But the process starts unraveling when the gremlins of fear, doubt and shame start to bombard us with negative messa...

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...

Writing Prompts: Can Heroes and Villains Fall in Love? [Scene Stealers]

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 the Scene Stealer writing prompts work 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 perfectly fine if you don't want to share your work, but we ...

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...