by Kate Colby
So writing is your creative calling, your life’s purpose, your ultimate joy. Congratulations! You’re part of (in my totally unbiased opinion) one of the best groups of people in the world. You know it, I know it — and yet, your friends and family don’t.
After all, what’s so special about being a writer? Literally billions of people on the planet write every day. It’s a basic life skill, one of the first we learn. And as a career? Psh! You might as well steal a cardboard box from behind your local grocery store and get comfy on the street.
Continue reading How to Be Taken Seriously as a Writer
by Allison Maruska
There are many rules that govern our writing and language use. Ever useful, sometimes changing, and occasionally bizarre.
There are some rules I just can’t seem to learn. My brain refuses to let them in, and I have to look them up every single damn time I need to use them. One of those is the lay/lie/laying/lying differences. Grammar Girl comes in handy with that one.
Continue reading Three Writing Rules That Are Kinda Dumb
by Stephanie O’Brien
You’ve just spent an entire novel bringing an amazing couple together.
They’re passionate, fun and fascinating to watch, and their chemistry has fans raving about how wonderful they are.
They’re so great that you’ve decided to write a sequel starring them… but there’s just one challenge.
You went and let them get married.
Continue reading How to Keep Married Fictional Couples Interesting Without Splitting Them Up
by The Japan Times
The use of audiobooks is increasing steadily in Japan, providing a boon to the publishing industry, which is facing declining sales of ordinary books.
Audiobooks already account for 10 percent of book sales in the United States and Europe. In the U.S., audiobooks, which started as cassette tapes to listen to while driving, currently form a market worth ¥160 billion.
Continue reading Aided by Apps, Audiobooks Market Grows in Japan
by Christopher Slater
Whenever a person reads what someone else has written, there is always an expected level of judgment. The reader is going to judge whether the topic of the writing is something that they are interested in. They will judge the writer’s ability to express themselves or to describe a situation, act, person, or object. The reader will ultimately judge whether the writer’s work brought them any satisfaction.
All of this is expected and probably required if writing is to have any meaning. However, do you ever judge the writer as a person based on the content or style of their writing?
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by Meg Dowell
You likely learned in school that writing an essay begins with defining your target audience and purpose for reaching out to them. We all wrote that essay about whether or not our school should or shouldn’t have uniforms (did schools who already had uniforms still argue this?). Audience: school board. Purpose: convince the authority figures that we should or should not all dress alike.
Continue reading On Writing With a Purpose
By popular demand, I’m starting a blog post series of writing prompts, all coming from my writing prompts book, A Writer’s Path: 1,000 Story Ideas and Writing Prompts to Find Your Next Bestseller.
Continue reading Writing Prompt #1