Posts in "writing" tag

41 Best YA Literary Agents

41 BESTWhy 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.

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Writing Encouragement That Will Cheer You Up

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Writers everywhere have a similar problem. When I tell people that I want to have a career in writing, most of them look at me like I grew 2 extra heads.

I’ve even had someone tell me it is “a waste of money to go to school for writing.” 

I don’t let their comments affect me, though, because the only reason they think that is because they don’t truly understand what it’s like to be a writer. It’s something that only fellow writers can understand.

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Top 50 Literary Magazines Ranked by Website Traffic

Top 50LiteraryMagazinesWhether you are a fiction fanatic or a pure poet, there is a literary magazine out there for you! Below are the top 50 literary magazines that are ready to showcase your story.

Based on the search tool SimilarWeb, I averaged out the traffic visits of each website from the last three months and ranked them according to the number of monthly visitors each literary journal receives.

While the numbers aren’t precisely accurate (SimilarWeb estimates traffic, rather than giving precise numbers), the numbers are useful for comparison purposes.

In other words, the literary magazines below likely fall in this order of website traffic, even if the numbers of each website are slightly off. In my experience, and comparing these numbers to Bookfox stats, SimilarWeb estimates a little high. Still, these are useful ballpark figures.

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40 Writing Prompts and Ideas for Historical Fiction (with pictures!)

HistoricalFictionAre you a curious novelist exploring uncharted genres or are you a current writer of the past seeking new adventures?

Whatever your purpose, these 40 historical writing prompts, partnered with a collection of vintage photographs, are guaranteed to help you get ideas, transcend to an inspiring era and help you to write your own piece of history.

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20 Essential Pinterest Boards for Writers

Pinterest isn’t just a playground of DIY crafts, cake pop recipes, and humorous memes; it also inspires and offers guidance for the everyday writer.

Whether you want to spice up your book, find resources on drafting your first novel, or boost your creativity, here are 20 Pinterest boards to motivate your inner writer.

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Being Wrong in Fiction

The NY Times has a double-pronged review of two books about being wrong — “Being Wrong,” by Kathryn Schulz, and “Wrong,” by David H. Freedman. Dwight Garners writes of Schulze, whom he says wrote the more interesting book:

She argues in “Being Wrong” that, of all the things we’re wrong about, our ideas about error are probably our “meta-mistake: we are wrong about what it means to be wrong.” She continues, “Far from being a sign of intellectual inferiority, the capacity to err is crucial to human cognition."

I liked the concept of a meta-mistake. It's a problem with the definition itself, and it certainly applies to writing. When writers don't understand process, they treat an early draft that didn't work as a failure, rather than as a stepping-stone. 

And it always frustrates me to read about "writer's block," as though we are machines that should be able to churn out immaculate prose at a flick of a switch. The capacity to err — to write the wrong thing, or not to be able to write — certainly helps us to write better in the future.

I'm an expert in wrongness. Yep, got that part down. And I suspect that many of the famous authors who spend a decade writing a novel — from the infamous (Salinger, Catcher in the Rye) to the more recent (Englander, Diaz) are also experts in wrongness. It's more than possible to celebrate a bad draft; it's necessary.