writing a critique

How to Write a Helpful and Sensitive Fiction Critique

We’ve already looked at why critique groups can make you a better writer. Now we’re talking how to write a...

writing productivity and creative rest

Get Ready For Your Most Productive Writing Day Ever

Last Friday was one of the most creative and productive days I’ve had in a really long time, and it...

online writing advice

The 100 Best Writing Advice Articles: The Ultimate Writing Resource

The Internet is a glut of writing advice articles. This is a great thing! It means there are millions of...

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How to Develop a Kick-Ass Writing Habit

Kick-ass writers all have something in common. Every kick-ass writer has a kick-ass writing habit. I’ve written before about the...

writing raising a family

How to Write and Stay Sane When You Have Little Kids At Home

Is it possible to be a productive professional writer with little kids in the house? This is the question I...

best number of characters for a short story

Does Your Story Have Too Many Characters? Here’s How to Tell

How many characters should my story have? How long is a piece of string? Or, to put it another way,...

books on writing

The 5 Absolute Best Books on Writing That Will Turn Your Writing Life Upside Down (in a good way)

I love reading books on writing and I’ve got an entire bookcase dedicated to how to write books. Reading writing...

writer's motivation

6 Simple Motivation Hacks Every Writer Should Know About

We all know the feeling of not wanting to write. Motivation is fleeting, but alas those words still need to...

writer's motivation

George Orwell’s Personal Guide on the Motivation to Write

Every writer has his or her own motivations to write. Writing is hard work, often without much external reward. Something must compel us. I always enjoy reading about what motivates other writers to write. One of the more interesting treatises I've come across is George Orwell’s essay, 'Why I Write'.

using real life people in fiction

Basing Characters on Real People Without Getting into Trouble

I recently heard about a writer who was being sued for defamation by someone they knew. This writer had based a fictional character on a friend (or former friend) and the person took serious offence. Is it wrong to use real people in your writing?

how to write horror

How to Write Horror – Innovative Ideas for Horror Stories that Will Scare the SH*T Out of Anyone (writing project included)

You've studied the horror genre through all of the films you've watched and the books you've read. You understand the tropes and every horror idea that's ever been written. So when you sit down to write, you think your own ideas are all so boring and predictable. You've seen it all before and so too have your would-be readers so why bother adding anything new to the genre when all the good horror ideas have already had the life sucked out of them?

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