As writers with a whopping-size project in our lap, sometimes we need to get the green before we can make the green. Only how? Let’s face it: writing may be feel absolutely liberating, but it’s not a money-making machine; most writers fulfill their dreams because they can’t think about doing anything else. The reality of filling up our piggy banks just slips into the back of our minds.
So when you find yourself weighed down by a time-consuming writing project, your passion for the written word alone might not get you off the couch. That’s when organizations throw you a lifesaver of a writing grant, so you can pursue your passion while also saving your budget.
Below are 23 great grants for writers to help you fund your writing project.
The writing advice you most often hear is something to the effect of, “If you want to be a successful author, you need to write every day.”
I mean, I work as a freelance writer and editor, so yeah, I write something every day, but not my own creative work. Sometimes I’ll go as long as a couple of weeks, maybe even a month, without writing anything that’s my own.
2. When I Do Write, I Binge
The longest writing session I’ve ever had was 27 hours, but that was back when I was a good deal younger.
After years of grueling work, avoiding distractions, and breaking through writer’s block, you finished your novel. Now what?
Even though some jump straight to submitting it to publishers, for many writers, the next step is finding a literary agent. Literary agents help writers find publishers, as well as negotiate the deal and sales of the book.
But some agents who have been in the business for years get north of 10,000 queries a year, and only sign 1 or 2 clients. Those are terrible odds. You need to find a new agent who is the lookout for new writers, and this is exactly what this list gives you.
As of July 2016, all of these literary agents are seeking clients.
It stares you down in the form of an empty word doc and a blinking cursor. Its existence is hotly debated. It is any storyteller’s biggest fear: the dreaded Writer’s Block.
However, have no fear! I’ve racked my brain for fail-safe strategies to conquer Writer’s Block, tactics that have put me back on track and saved my writing journey from becoming a dead-end. Take a look below.
1. Take A Walk
Not only does this get your legs moving and your lungs breathing in crisp air, but also taking walks can provide inspiration—you just need to know where to look. From mysterious initials carved into a tree trunk to a trail of candy wrappers on the sidewalk, you never know what you will find on the simplest walk.
Why do so many writers thank their agents first in the acknowledgements?
Because the agent is pretty much the most important person in a writer’s life.
Countless people work behind the scenes to bring each author’s budding vision for a story to its fruition, from friends and family to the publishing house’s distribution, but none is as essential as the agent.
Since the agent literally holds the dreams of the hopeful writer in their hands, finding the right one is imperative.
Now, you could either spend hours and hours hunting down the names of your favorite author’s agents and create tables ranking them based off their sales, or you can read through the list I’ve compiled after spending many days on Google and creating multiple charts based off my results.
Deanne “Mama Dee” Andrews Jimmy Mccoy Benjamin North, III
Wright “Rattail” Entwistle
Wright “Rattail” Entwistle Jesus Emmanuel P.E. Cougar
Sir Ned Ellarshaw
Sir Ned Ellarshaw Clark Elbutt Shiloh Cage
Paul Harikrishna Boris Ivanov Aponi Butterfly
Ruthie Whetstone Roy Newman Natasha Arnell
Bo Plumber Margaux Thomas Sofia Leroy
Nicole Knut Winston Quarry Lena Horn
Turtle Duncan Drew Hogwood Stacey Clutterbuck
Reaghan Buckley Morgana Carey Maeve Keefe
Justin Schwendimann Nick McFarr Evan Ripatrazone
Chloe Arseneau Zoe Vincent Eva Bonnet
Cooper Kennedy Joy Angelo Asher Vinne
Winston Twisselmann III
Winston Twisselmann III Andy Mullett D.B. Calcaterra
Wayne Tasmajian Eleanor Ryness Curtis Cannon
Mae “Pretty Prairie” Bae
Catherine Weston “Tall Chief”
Mae “Pretty Prairie” Bae Catherine Weston “Tall Chief” J. Dada
Norman Knight Lani Godbehere Umberto Green
Soe Watt Rich Vachier-Lagrave P.L. Green
Grant P. McIntyre-Bachman
Professor Burrows Austyn Carpenter Grant P. McIntyre-Bachman
Natalia Mariana Soto Perez
Lian Cho-Hahn Natalia Mariana Soto Perez Phoenix James
Alison McGyver Walker Pheonix Bianca Shore
Calvin "Cal" Lugubrious
Calvin “Cal” Lugubrious James Legendre Swan Lacombe
Yvonne Abrams Santiago Gonzalez Daisy Fombelle
Having trouble coming up for a name for your character? Look no further! This random character name generator is just the tool you need.
A good writer knows that word choice can make or break a story, and character names are no exception. The names you choose resonate with readers on both a conscious and subconscious level. They have the power to convey meaning overtly or through hidden messages.
For instance, in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jekyll’s experiment unleashes his animalistic alter-ego, Hyde. Jekyll has the word “Kill” hidden inside it, and Jekyll is after Hyde’s “hide.” See? The entire story is given away in their names alone.Stevenson’s layers of meaning are a fine example of the density that can and should be packed into names.
A lack of creative writing ideas often leads to a writer’s worst fear: writer’s block.
It’s so easy to fall into its clutches, spending hours at your laptop (or notebook or typewriter) writing sentence after sentence only to cross every one out. Or even worse—to sit an an empty page and write nothing at all. Sometimes it takes time and hard thinking to get out of the rut once you become stuck. Sometimes, however, it takes a little more than that. Sometimes it just might take some outside help.
It can be exceedingly difficult to find solid, mature creative writing ideas on the internet. If you Google “creative writing ideas,” most of what comes up is directed at children or casual writers looking to practice a hobby. But what about creative writing ideas for adults? What about when you have the dedication, passion, and experience with writing, but you just don’t have the ideas?
Tumblr is a blog site that is good for more than just hipster photos and crying over your favorite pop culture icons. It’s also a community for writers of all genres to collaborate and share ideas.
Tumblr is a great resource for writing prompts. Writing prompts on Tumblr take a number of forms, with each Tumblr specializing in a particular form of writing prompt. Even though most of the writing prompts are geared towards short stories that can be written on the site, many of the prompts and ideas can be incorporated in fiction of any length.
A good book title can mean the difference between a bestseller and a lifeless shelf-dweller.
If you don’t believe me, look up First Hundred Million by editor E. Haldeman-Julius. He explains that changing just the book title can rocket a book from selling 6,000 copies a year to 50,000 copies a year.
You’ve been dreaming about this moment since the beginning. It’s what you’ve been working towards this whole time, and now you’re finally ready to wrap it all up and create that perfect ending to your story. So how are you going to do it?
Consider this your brainstorming session. Learn from these examples how to end a story, and try to imagine how you would write each of them. Some of them might not work for your story, but at least one will. Try out a couple styles and see what you like!
Nobody goes through life without some help, and the same goes for your main characters. It’s nearly impossible for a story or novel to be complete without a few secondary characters to support and put a spotlight on your lead.
What would Holmes be without Watson? Or Alice in Wonderland without the Cheshire Cat? Or the Merchant of Venice without Shylock?
This is the writing advice I needed long, long ago, when I was just starting as a writer. I probably wouldn’t have believed these were all mistakes (because of #1), but I wish I would have.
This writing advice would have saved me a lot of broken drafts and a lot of failed expectations.
After you read this, pick your favorite 3 or 4 points and tape them to the wall above your writing desk. Remind yourself of this writing advice often enough, and you’ll have a much better chance of success.
These flash fiction prompts will challenge you to create short and gripping narratives that are under 1000 words. Though many are categorized, don’t feel limited!
Flash fiction can be whatever you want it to be. Whether you use the bite-sized stories you write as exercises, standalone pieces, or segments of a larger work, the condensed length is beneficial. I think you will find that the practice of writing flash fiction will help you gain control over word choice, make your writing feel more kinetic, and increase your abilities when it comes to writing without a clear roadmap. In other words, follow your intuition without inhibition.
Writing young adult novels is a bit like playing Concentration, the memory game where you have a bunch of mixed-up pairs of cards facedown and have to match them up by randomly flipping over two at a time. You have to remember how it felt to be sixteen and simultaneously enamored and terrified of the world.