on writing

5 Zadie Smith Quotes On Writing To Print Out & Tape To Your Workspace

"I'm not trying to convince someone of an argument one way or another, generally," author Zadie Smith told cultural critic Wesley Morris, before a packed crowd in Brooklyn's St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church on Wednesday night. "But I am trying to mo…
By Cristina Arreola

This Breathtaking New Memoir Is About One Author's 17 Near-Death Experiences

Acclaimed novelist Maggie O'Farrell has spent her career actively avoiding autobiographical writing. When she signed a book deal to write a memoir, she only asked her publisher for £1, unsure that she would be able to write about her own life experie…
By Sadie Trombetta

J.K. Rowling Just Revealed How She Plans Her Books & There's An Actual Color-Coding System

Throughout the years, J.K. Rowling has delighted fans on social media by sharing Harry Potter lore, thoughtful writing advice, and personal stories meant to inspire readers all over the world to pick up a pen and start a story of their own. While she…
By Sadie Trombetta

George R.R. Martin Just Launched A Scholarship To Help Aspiring Fantasy Authors

If you've always wanted to attend a writing workshop, but were deterred by the cost, one popular author may just pay your way in. George R.R. Martin is funding a scholarship for science-fiction and fantasy writers at the Clarion West Writers Workshop…
By Kristian Wilson

The 11 Best Pieces Of Writing Advice From Fictional Characters

I don't know about you, but when I go looking for a little bit of writing inspiration, I often find myself staring at the same Hemingway, Bradbury, and Fitzgerald quotes I've heard a dozen times before. Those little proverbs are great, but they can g…
By Kristian Wilson

7 Online Writing Workshops To Help You FINALLY Write That Book

So you want to "write more" in the new year. But now that the new year is nearly upon us, you're starting to spiral into a writerly panic. How will you find the time to write? What are you going to write about? How do you take that beautiful, gleamin…
By Charlotte Ahlin

The One Book About Writing You Need To Read, Based On The Genre You Want To Write

If you're an aspiring writer, you know that you have to read all kinds of books in order to hone your technique, but sometimes it might seem as if every writing book you look at is tailored toward people who want to write books in other genres. Not t…
By Kristian Wilson

These 11 Books Will Help You Keep Your Writing Resolutions In 2018

If you're anything life me, every year seems to go the same way. January rolls in and you try to hunker down, take full advantage of a new start, and get going on all of the creative writing goals you've been wanting to achieve but have neglected in …
By Kerri Jarema

How To Write A Historical Novel, According To Someone Who Has Done It

You may only associate the term "world building" with writing science fiction or fantasy, but it is just as important when writing historical fiction. The key difference is much of the work has been done for you. Instead of spending ages building you…
By Erin Bowman

J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, & 11 Others Who Have Mastered More Than One Genre

Everyone knows Stephen King for his scary stories, but did you know that the Master of Horror has also penned an alternate history of the United States, mysteries and hard crime novels, and even an epic fantasy? Like several of the other greats, King…
By Sadie Trombetta

Why You Should Try Writing A Novel In 30 Days — Even If You Don't Finish

For some, November means the final stretch of fall, Thanksgiving, preparing for the holiday season, and rushing headlong into that end of the year stretch. For others, November mostly means one thing: NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. For th…
By Kerri Jarema

John Green's Brilliant Writing Advice Is The One Thing Aspiring Authors Need To Read Today

Want to finish the novel you've been working on, but keep getting discouraged and dragged down by insecurities about your talent or ideas? John Green's writing advice will help any aspiring novelist get over the hump and finish their manuscript draft…
By Kristian Wilson

Writer's Block? These 9 Books On Writing Will Inspire You To Get To Work

Ask any successful author for advice, and they will all tell you the same thing: to be a great writer, you have to be an avid reader. While its important to stack your TBR pile with the world's greatest works of prose and poetry, it's also essential …
By Sadie Trombetta

25 Fall-Inspired Writing Prompts To Help You Spark Your Creativity

Autumn is the perfect season for writing. I don't know if it's the cool weather or the sugar high from all the pumpkin spice, but the second the leaves begin to turn, I feel my creative juices flowing. And I'll bet I'm not the only writer who gets an…
By Melissa Ragsdale

11 Apps For Aspiring Writers, Because You Never Know When Inspiration Will Strike

Let's face it: writing isn't a simple task, and authors can use all the help they can get when it comes to finishing (or starting) their projects. While traditionally, they've relied on dictionaries, thesauruses, journals, and typewriters, and well, …
By Sadie Trombetta

10 Tips For Writers Who Are Trying To Make A Living And Save A Little Cash

Here's the good news: being a writer is free! Here's the bad news: food, rent, clothes, electricity, tuition, laptops, and medicine are not free (in America, at least). There's a reason that we have that classic "starving artist" stereotype. Writing …
By Charlotte Ahlin

Shirley Jackson's Magnificent Writing Tips Will Make Daydreamers Very Happy

If you are at all familiar with the life of author Shirley Jackson, then you already know that her affinity for the supernatural went far beyond her work. Best known for her macabre fable "The Lottery," one of the most famous short stories in America…
By Cristina Arreola

11 Tricks That Will Actually Get You In The "Writing Zone" Without Wasting Time

As the great Dorothy Parker once said, "writing is the art of applying the ass to the seat." If only it were so simple. Every writer knows the struggle of setting aside the time to write, sitting down at the computer, opening a new document in your w…
By Charlotte Ahlin

7 Incredibly Easy Ways You Can Support Authors You Love Right Now

Authors work incredibly hard to create the books that we love, and for many, it can be a thankless job. So, of course, as readers we want to support the authors we love as often and as loudly as possible. The unfortunate truth is that being an author…
By Melissa Ragsdale

9 Ways Traveling Can Help Make You A Better Writer

Struggling with writer's block? Then maybe it's time to pack your bags and hit the road (if you have the means to do so) and find a new adventure — you might be surprised to find out how much traveling can inspire better writing. There's nothing like…
By Sadie Trombetta