by Gary Smailes In this article I will set out to explain why so many famous authors (Stephen King being perhaps the most vocal) warn other authors against the use of adverbs. In fact, King’s hatred of adverbs is so intense that he’s been quoted as saying, “Adverbs are evil.” You will discover… Read More The Adverb Problem and Why Authors Should Care
by Hannah Joslin I want to tackle something here: books versus movie adaptations. Why does that sentence sound off an alarm in fandoms all over the Internet? Potterheads are probably already on their way. But, I want to know: why is it that books seem to be so consistently “better” than their movie adaptations? Personally,… Read More Bestsellers vs. Blockbusters
by Kate M. Colby We’ve all been there. Your classmate’s story is praised in workshop, while yours is torn apart. “Poorly written” romances dominate best-seller lists, while your science fiction novel languishes in Amazon’s 2,000,000 ranking spot. The author you follow on Instagram posts their third cover reveal this year, while you struggle to finish your manuscript.
by Meg Dowell Some of my best and worst memories, as a writer, have happened around this time every year. Every year since 2009, I have attempted to write some kind of novel or short story during the month of July. Six times out of seven, it was 11:00 on July 31, and I… Read More Maybe We’re Never Supposed To Stop Procrastinating
by Jacqui Murray It’s summer, time for writers to recharge our cerebral batteries. That could mean reading, going on field trips, spending time with online PLNs, or taking calls from family members who usually end up at voicemail. For many, it means attending conferences like Writers Digest Conference August 12-14 and the Writers’ Police Academy… Read More 9 Must-Have Tools for Writers Conferences
by Lev Raphael Before I got my first book published, a novelist I knew quipped, “The only thing worse than not being published is being published.” I had no idea what he meant, but I soon figured it out. Take blurbs. Begging for blurbs for your forthcoming book is a definite downside of… Read More Why Authors Beg For Blurbs
by Kelsie Engen Today we’re going to talk about how to approach the next revision step: developmental edits. Basically this means addressing the major, structural issues of your WIP before moving on to the minor things. This step comes after you’ve read your first draft, made some comments or jotted down ideas. Of… Read More 7 Reasons Why You Should Outline Your Novel DURING Revision
by Allison Maruska Confession: I’m writing this post as a form of procrastination and it may be a bit wandering, but I think we’ll end at a coherent place. I’m supposed to be working through my editor’s notes for Part 2 of the Project Renovatio series (hereafter known as Project Liberatio, or PL).… Read More Writing Pain in Fiction
by Phoebe Quinn The world is pretty visual, but I’m not. Despite my insistence that, if I had to choose, I’d rather lose my hearing than my sight, I’ve never been able to work in a visual way. My mother is an artist and Boyfriend is a filmmaker, and I admire the crap… Read More 7 Ways to Write Visually (Without Describing Everything)
by Pekoeblaze A few months ago, I read a fascinating online article about “method writing”, which also mentioned some of the things that famous writers did to get into the mood for writing. So, I thought that I’d share a few of my own thoughts about this subject. To be honest, “method writing”… Read More Why Are Rituals So Important For Writers and Artists?