Welcome to the New Year!
Have you made your writing goals yet?
Writing goals are one of those things most writers either shy away from or slouch into. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Let’s look at 3 typical writing goals, and I’ll show you why they’re bad goals and how you can improve them.
Looking for a great gift for a writer in your life?
Look no farther.
This post offers ideas for bookends, writing software, books about how to write, magazine subscriptions, professional editing services and more!
Each category comes with at least 4 or 5 suggestions for gifts for a writer. Enjoy the options, and buy your writer something special.
Writers, as a group, are usually bad at taxes. That’s because we’re not numbers people.
But you’ve got to get better at your taxes, because it’s costing you a fortune. Writers pay about 30% of their income for taxes. And that’s after an agent takes 15%, or after several publications don’t pay you for freelance articles, so it’s really hurting your bottom line.
So much of our culture stokes our desire and our greed, because that’s what fuels the economy, not thankfulness and gratefulness.
The books below are defiantly counter-cultural, because they will help you to feel satisfied and whole. Sure, there’s longing and striving inside these books, but I think overall the reader will walk away from these books feeling a strong satisfaction and wellness about the world.
Wondering how to start a novel?
Well, avoid these 25 mistakes and you’ll be well on your way.
This list was made in honor of NaNoWriMo, which started yesterday, and I post it as a tribute to all those souls trying to knock out 50,000 words in a mere 30 days. Good luck to all of you.
But if you want more than luck, read these tips for how to start a novel and avoid some frequent pitfalls!
It used to be, in the golden days of publishing, that every writer who published with a traditional press would get a developmental editor.
Editors today, especially at the big houses, are inundated with manuscripts, and are looking for manuscripts that require little polishing.
The first step to successful collaborative writing? Abandon the false idea that writers write better when they work alone.
People usually think of writers as quiet and brooding loners who separate themselves from society in order to write. The solitary writer is imagined as an introvert, alone at the desk. But this fantasy of what Linda Brodkey calls “the solitary scribbler” is a false stereotype.
So you want to learn how to write in second person point of view?
You’ve come to the right place.
What is 2nd person point of view?
Second person point of view is when the writer uses “you” as the main character in a narrative.
Example using the first line of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man:
Writers are often bad editors of their own work.
Even when they are fantastic draft writers, they need help from an outside eye to get it to the next level. Still, there are some easy tips that will improve your skills as an editor of your own work.
The editing tips below are not, for the most part, tricks for how to edit your story word by word.
The perfect length of a short story can be tricky to figure out. Make it too long and you exceed the reader’s attention span and nobody wants to publish it; make it too short and you have flash fiction on your hands.
Edgar Allen Poe described the proper length of a short story by saying it had to be something readable in a single sitting. I like that. It measures a short story by reading time, rather than page length or word count. But I think word count is the easiest way to measure story length.