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5 Facts about Fear for Writers

Fear Facts for Writers

There I was, in the middle of my first novel. I’d found my rhythm and was bringing chapters to read aloud to my weekly critique group. They were loving it. I was thrilled that I was finally making my dream come true.

Then, WHAMMO!

Out of nowhere, I lost my story. Nothing I wrote flowed anymore.

Want to Write Better Dialogue? Break the Rules

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Want to write good dialogue? Then you’ve got to break the rules.

When you and I talk, we sometimes break the rules of grammar. (I know, it’s a shock, but it’s true.) To write good dialogue, it’s not so much that we are breaking the rules, per se, it’s just that there are rules for dialogue that trump grammatical dogma.

Writers, Here’s How to Give Fear the Finger

give fear the middle finger

Have you ever been so afraid to do something writing-wise that you felt physically ill?

Nausea strangles your throat and swirls through your gut. You feel shaky and unsure of yourself. Maybe you’re afraid to start writing that novel, to send out query letters once your manuscript is compete, or to meet that awesome editor at a conference.

When you stretch yourself creatively, fear…

4 Winning Steps to Write Like the World Cup

hook your reader world cup

Ah, the World Cup, an event that we all look forward to. Timers count down months before it starts, and countries bid to host 10 years in advance. Even non-football fans (or non-soccer fans for the Americans) find themselves by a tv with snacks, suddenly the greatest supporters of popular teams like Brazil and Italy, bellowing orders as if voices could somehow ride the airways back to the players.

What if you could write with so much passion that it would hook readers like you’re playing in the World Cup?

Writing Under The Influence (of Music)

music for writers

I don’t know about you, but I truly believe that whoever said, “The real problem with reality is the lack of background music,” was really onto something.

We all love music, no exceptions (unless you are some sort of alien from a deaf planet, and even then, that’s pushing it). Music enhances everything: movies, showers, pool parties, workouts, spring cleanings, and even relaxation. It cannot be denied. Music stimulates our psyche.

What Poets Know That Most Writers Don’t

skittles

It’s one of the first creative writing lessons we’re taught: use all your senses. I remember sitting at my desk in second grade with a fun pack of Skittles while the teacher told us about how we needed to use our eyes, ears, noses, mouths, and hands to describe them.

The Best Way to Deal With Emotional Conflict When Writing

Emotional Conflict

Have you ever tried to write about a personal tragedy or painful experience? How did it make you feel? What complications arose?

5 Reasons Reporters Make Good Writers… Most of the Time ­

Reporters make good writers

Leads, nut grafs, and the infamous six W’s—who/what/when/where/why and how—set the everyday newsflash apart from creative work. Or do they?

Let’s look at a comparison…

How to Write the Dreaded Query Letter

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You’ve finished that manuscript, the one that’s going to change the world. Now what?

Well, if you’re looking at going down the traditional publishing route, it’s time to submit your work to potential agents. However, you don’t get to send your entire book. No, you only have one page to draw them in—the dreaded query letter.

How to Easily Write a Great Logline

screenwriting

What Is a Logline? Defined simply, the logline is a single sentence (sometimes two) that answers the basic question “what is your story about?” In everyday life, you might encounter a logline most frequently in a TV guide or on your DVR. It seems simple, but the art of writing a compelling logline can elude even the most established writer.