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Celebrating labor

Yesterday was Labor Day in the states. While commonly viewed as the official end of summer and a great time to shop, Labor Day has its historical roots in unions and the working person. No matter what your views on unions today, if it wasn’t for our forefathers gathering and sometimes losing their life we […]

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Elizabeth Gilbert’s Top 10 Tips for Writers to Stay Inspired and Kick-Start Your Creativity

Editor’s note: Any NaNoWriMo’s out there? National Novel Writing Month, where you try and write 10,000 words in the month of November is almost here. So you may notice posts that are a little skewed towards NaNoWriMo success for the next few weeks. If you have any questions, helpful hints, or good articles, let me […]

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Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo

This post by Steve Shepard originally appeared on Storyist. “What are you writing this year?” It’s the question on everyone’s lips at the regional NaNoWriMo kickoff parties. The answer, even among seasoned NaNoWriMo veterans, is often “I don’t know.” So if you don’t know either, relax—you’re in good company. Heck, even Chris Baty, the NaNoWriMo […]

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The Consistency Of Your Voice

This post by Ksenia Anske originally appeared on her site on 9/29/15. You know that feeling you get when you read a fantastic book and it gives you shivers? When every page you turn makes you want to read more and more, and every sentence is so bloody good you want to read it twice […]

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Let Your Green-Eyed Monster Make You Insanely Successful

This post by Marcy McKay originally appeared on Bestseller Labs on 10/14/14. Every writer has experienced this emotion. When ‘it’ happens, your head explodes, rage swirls through you, while an imaginary fist pounds your gut. When? Why? It so happens that overnight, the internet has been buzzing with the latest literary whiz kid, who hit the […]

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Ask Polly: Should I Just Give Up on My Writing?

This post by Heather Havrilesky originally appeared on New York Magazine’s The Cut on 9/16/15. Dear Polly, I feel like you get lots of letters from folks either starting out pursuing their passion, or looking for a passion to begin with, but here I am, midlife, mid-career, full of passion but in a slump. I’m […]

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That’s Too Much: The Problem with Prolific Writers

This post by Drew Nellins Smith originally appeared on The Millions on 9/2/15. Lately I’ve been struck by the notion that there might be no books more lost than those buried in the overwhelming bibliographies of authors who have simply published too damn much. On Thursday, The New York Times published an op-ed defense of […]

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Virginia Woolf on Why She Became a Writer and the Shock-Receiving Capacity Necessary for Being an Artist

This post by Maria Popova originally appeared on Brain Pickings on 9/9/15. “Behind the cotton wool is hidden a pattern…the whole world is a work of art… there is no Shakespeare… no Beethoven…no God; we are the words; we are the music; we are the thing itself.” “Only art penetrates … the seeming realities of […]

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Writing Begins With Forgiveness: Why One of the Most Common Pieces of Writing Advice Is Wrong

This post by Daniel José Older originally appeared on Seven Scribes on 9/9/15. Writing advice blogs say it. Your favorite writers say it. MFA programs say it. Write every single day. It’s one of the most common pieces of writing advice and it’s wildly off base. I get it: The idea is to stay on […]

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Books Kept Me Alive In Prison

This post by Erwin James originally appeared on The Guardian on 8/31/15. The end of the ban on sending books to prisoners in the UK reminds me just how vital they were to my survival inside, and to the life I have lived since The official lifting on the ban on sending books to prisoners, […]

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How to Become the Artist You Were Born to Be

This essay by Bernard Hiller originally appeared on The Huffington Post on 7/10/15. By becoming authentic. WHAT’S STOPPING THAT? Ask yourself, what did you have to do to be loved, as a child? Most kids are not encouraged to believe in their uniqueness. If you had to behave like someone other than yourself, then you […]

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Better Writing Through Tabletop RPGs

This post by Claire Ryan originally appeared on her Raynfall blog on 5/9/15. Everyone asks, how can I become a better writer? The answers are usually something like: read more books in the genre you’re writing, write as much as you can, get feedback from other writers and readers. Yes, you should do all those […]

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Be a More Productive Writer While Also Achieving Balance

This post by Jordan Rosenfeld originally appeared on Jane Friedman’s site on 4/23/15. Note from Jane Friedman: Today’s guest post is by Jordan Rosenfeld (@JordanRosenfeld) and is an excerpt from A Writer’s Guide to Productivity, published by Writer’s Digest. Surely you know one or more prolific writers who produce so much material that you wish you could bottle their […]

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The Path to Success

This post by J.A. Konrath originally appeared on his A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing on 4/12/15. On the surface, the path to becoming a successful writer has three key components. 1. Write a great book. 2. Do whatever you can to make that book a success. 3. Repeat steps 1 and 2. Like all paths, […]

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Are You an Overworked Freelancer? 10 Key Moves to Avoid Burnout

This post by Carol Tice originally appeared on Make A Living Writing. Many writers tell me they wish they could find even one client. But today, I want to talk about the other side of the coin. Once you get rolling in freelance writing and word starts getting around about your talents, you can quickly […]

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