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Tears on the Page—On Writing and Crying

Yesterday morning I cried over a book’s ending. I’m talking wet cheeks, sobs that were more like gasps for breath, and needing to blow my nose. Crying ugly, as it’s aptly called. While that sinks in, let me assert that I consider myself fairly open online, particularly in this forum. Here among my fellow WU […]

How To Find And Work With A Book Cover Designer

Let's face it, people do judge a book by its cover. You want the best possible cover for your book. And if you're self-publishing, you do have to go through this process, because designing your own book cover is a bit of a no-no unless you have some book design chops, which let's face it, […]

Forget the Love Poems This Valentine's Day, But Fall in Love With Poetry

last weekArts / Writing : LitReactor

Poetry is more than the cheesy words written on Valentine's Day cards. Learn to love poetry even if you're not a poet. Column by Justin Hunter Valentine's Day is upon us, and with it—for those of us with kids, at least—comes the inundation...Show More Summary

Book Marketing Tips: How To Be An Effective Podcast Guest

I don't read many blogs anymore, but I spend hours every week listening to podcasts and audiobooks in order to learn more about craft and business. In these days of social media overload and ever-increasing numbers of books and blogs to read, I'm not the only one choosing audio first. Of course, I have my own […]

Just in case you think writing humor is easy... (Jerry Seinfeld on writing a joke and on life)

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

This New York Times short of Jerry Seinfeld revealing how he wrote a particular routine is revealing: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/161670e5c13b8eb8?projector=1 If you thought just because it sounds effortless, it is... well, you'll see! You might also enjoy this compilation of Jerry talking...

How To Find And Capture Ideas For Your Novel. Video With Joanna Penn

One of the most common questions that authors are asked is “Where do you get your ideas from?” In this video and article, I'll explain how to find and capture ideas for your novel. Once you get the hang of capturing ideas and writing them down, it seems like they just happen by magic. But […]

Balls of Steel: What’s Holding You Back from Becoming a Professional Writer?

The path to being a professional writer can be harder when you become your biggest obstacle. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman dishes out tough-love advice to help you achieve your writing dreams. The post Balls of Steel: What’s Holding You Back from Becoming a Professional Writer? appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 423

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Little (blank);” replace the blank with a new word or phrase; make the new phrase the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Little Ghost,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and “Little Do You Know.” Okay, those are all song titles, but you get the idea. Show More Summary

Jump-Start Your Writing: 3 Myths That Hinder Creativity—and How to Conquer Them

Why is it so hard for us to put pen to page, even though we say we want to do it? Writing shouldn’t feel like this much of a struggle, but it is… even if we love it and we dedicate our lives to it. This problem stems from a series of...Show More Summary

Wait for It

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig discuss suspense and its function in all genres, from thrillers to romcoms. They examine suspense of the known and of the unknown and the techniques available to construct it. We also answer listeners questions about registering scripts with the WGA, how to overcome creative paralysis and unconventional sluglines. Links: The WGA’s page […]

Fiction and Improv: Sisters from a Different Mister

2 months agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Last weekend, my husband and I took a quick jaunt to Chicago, the city where we met, dated and became betrothed. Our trip to the Windy City was twofold—an anniversary getaway (romantic!) and a way for my husband to get enough miles on Alaska Airlines to maintain his MVP status (not romantic!). I had never […]

Based On A True Story: 4 Advantages to Fictionalizing the Truth

Should you write a memoir, or write a novel "based on a true story"? Here, Joan Jackson offers four advantages to fictionlizing the truth. The post Based On A True Story: 4 Advantages to Fictionalizing the Truth appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

Scriptnotes, Ep 327: Mergers and Break Ups — Transcript

3 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 327 of Scriptnotes, of podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast we’ll be discussing mergers, such […]

20 Best Songs for Writers and About Writing: The Ultimate Writing Mixtape

Recently, I had iTunes on random and a couple songs played back-to-back that had lines about writing. It didn’t take long for me to wonder, “What are the best songs for writers and about writing?” So I started making my own list, and I put out a call on Facebook and Twitter (find my handles below if you love being part of such conversations). Show More Summary

Mergers and Breakups

3 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig explore the possibilities and consequences of Disney’s potential purchase of Fox film and television studios. What might prevent the sale? What does each side stand to gain? To lose? What could it mean for writers? Then, it’s another installment of “This Kind of Scene,” in which we dissect the mechanics of an […]

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

3 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

I apologize for the late prompt; I got some unexpected news this morning. However, experienced PAD poets probably already knew what today’s Two-for-Tuesday prompt would be. For today’s Two-for-Tuesday prompt: Write a love poem. All you need is love. Show More Summary

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

3 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

It’s funny how much difference one little letter can make in a poetry prompt. For instance, take day 9’s “(blank) of (blank)” prompt. What if we made just one small adjustment? For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) Of (blank),” replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Show More Summary

Scriptnotes, Ep 325: (Adjective) Soldier — Transcript

3 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: Mazin is name Craig mine. John: This is Episode 325 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the program we’ll be answering a bunch of […]

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

3 months agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

We’ve made it to the Bon Jovi Day of the challenge! That is, “we’re half way there.” For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Stranger (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Show More Summary

(Adjective) Soldier

3 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig and John open the overflowing listener mailbag to tackle questions on everything from montages to life rights to passive heroes. Plus, we have a definitive answer on whether to number minor characters. (Don’t.) We also finally address a major controversy: Craig’s missing cover of “Killing the Blues” from Episode 109. It exists, and you […]

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