When it comes to crafting your next book, where will you turn to find great writing advice? Here’s a lesson in learning lessons from the pros.
In today’s writing world, is it more beneficial to create an original, singular voice, or follow the popular, mainstream strategies?
As a native of the great state of Michigan, and as an avid reader and writer, here’s a look at my countdown of the best authors from my home state.
Good journalism still matters. It’s always mattered. But it seems to be fading in today’s media culture. Here’s why, and what we can do about it.
Do you remember the good old days when writing was a craft in itself? There were no rules. But that was before the world went digital.
For readers, there’s a resilience about grit lit, a natural vigor that makes no excuses. But what is it about this grit that is so appealing to writers?
Take this as a friendly reminder: National Novel Writing Month will soon be upon us once more. Will you be prepared when it arrives?
You have a story. It’s been rolling around in your mind for months, maybe years. But there is only one way to put it on paper.
All writers face adversity at some point in the process. What’s difficult, though, is when it’s created by you. What’s your writing kryptonite?
Some of the best authors, such as J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and Mark Twain, have used pseudonyms. But why? This calls for a pros and cons list.
We live busy lives, and they only seem to be getting busier. So on top of everything else, where in the world can we also find time to do that thing we love?
Writing a novel is a very personal process and one that, for the bravest aspiring novelists among us, becomes very public when the decision is made to publish. It cannot be rushed. But there has to be a middleground between cranking it out too quickly and sitting on it for years without doing anything, right?
As a writer, you should focus on reading books. But sometimes you just need to watch a good movie. Here are the five best recent films for writers.
First comes the great idea. Then comes the writing. Then, out of nowhere, comes a new idea. How many manuscripts have you abandoned?
You could ask any writer. I’m sure they could tell you how they begin their writing process. Maybe inspiration strikes like lightning — the entire…
My advice for aspiring writers is not complex, and it’s also not a fix-all solution to any writing issues you may be facing. But it’s straightforward and it’s incredibly useful.
Is it too long? Too short? Just right? Who’s to say? Let’s diagnose just how important word count really is when writing a story.
This past Tuesday I released my third book, a collection of short stories called In a Northern Town. It seems my writing is getting shorter and…