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Author Archives: Ed A. Murray
How Busy People Can Find More Time to Read
Every year, we vow to find more reading time. Every year, it doesn’t happen. Here are some tips to finally get back to the pleasure of leisurely reading.
How to Prepare for National Novel Writing Month
National Novel Writing Month will soon be upon us. Ready to finally write that book? Now’s the time to prepare.
Why I Started Subscribing to Physical Magazines Again (And You Should Too)
Remember physical magazines? They’re making a comeback in my household. And they should in yours, too.
5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Publishing Your Book
Making the choice to publish a book is an exciting and frightening time. Be sure you are prepared by asking yourself these questions first.
How Meeting Colson Whitehead Changed My Writing Mindset
During my senior year at Michigan, author Colson Whitehead made a surprise visit to my English class. It was the turning point for my writing career.
6 Early Blogging Mistakes I Made as a Beginner (And How to Avoid Them)
This is what a decade of trial and error has taught me about blogging. I wish someone had told me these things years ago.
Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day in the United States?
It’s a lot more than just a day off work. Labor Day represents the grit, ambition and hard work that built the United States.
5 Indie Bookstores Worth Visiting
There’s something special about indie bookstores: the passion from their booksellers, the creativity in their setups and their comforting environments.
How the 5-Paragraph Essay is Still Thriving (And We Didn’t Realize It)
The five-paragraph essay isn’t just useful in high school classrooms anymore. It has taken over the online writing community.
7 Best Short Books to Read in a Day
It can be difficult to squeeze a good book into our busy lives. If you find yourself with a free Saturday, here are the best short books to read in a day.
When the Bills Arrive: Having a Baby During a Pandemic
The last thing you need when having a baby during a pandemic are unexpected bills. But those bills are exactly what hospitals need.
Why Yellow Journalism Today is Rampant in the 21st Century
What began more than 100 years ago in a battle between major New York newspapermen, yellow journalism now seems tailored to the digital age.
Should authors read book reviews left by readers?
Book reviews, whether good or bad, can leave a lasting impact on writers. Let’s discuss if authors should be reading these book reviews at all.
4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Writing About Real Historical Figures
Is it okay to write about real historical figures in a fiction book? Here are 4 questions you should ask yourself if you want to go down that road.
5 Steps to Help You Finish Writing Your Book Manuscript
Sometimes the most difficult part of writing a book is simply finishing your manuscript. Here are some practical steps for getting it done.
Ranking the 10 Best American Authors from the 20th Century
American history is packed with legendary writers, particularly in the 1900’s. But who were the best American authors from the 20th century?
How long should it take to write a novel?
Writing a novel is a very personal process. For some, it is never-ending. But how long should it take?
Let’s Get Radical by Having a Civil Conversation
I am going to attempt the impossible: Deliver a constructive opinion that everyone can support. (Maybe I’m the crazy one…)
5 Recent Movies About Authors That All Writers Should Watch
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.