Word Count: How Many Words In a Novel?


If you want to get published, you need to be aware that major New York publishers are looking for a specific word count, depending on your genre.

How many words are in a novel? Or at least one in which publishers might be interested? In this post, we’re going to explain word count and how it affects your chances of publishing success.

How To Become a Better Writer Faster

How To Become a Better Writer Faster

A high school pottery teacher split his class in half. To one half he told them they only had to produce one perfect pot by the end of the semester and they would get an A. He turned to the other class. They had to produced fifty pounds of pots by the end of the semester. It didn’t matter whether the pots they made were good or not. They had to be pots and there had to be fifty pounds of them.

By the end of the year, who do you think produced the best pot?

It’s really a question of what makes better work, quality or quantity?

100 Writing Practice Lessons & Exercises

100 Top Writing Practice Lessons and Exercises

Want to become a better writer? Perhaps you want to write novels, or maybe you just want to get better grades in your essay writing assignments, or maybe you’d like to start a popular blog.

If you want to write better, you need practice. But what does a writing practice actually look like? In this post, I’m going to give you everything you need to kick off your writing practice and become a better writer faster.

How To Win a Writing Contest

How to Win a Writing Contest

Why do people enter writing contests? Some enter to get practice submitting. Others enter to motivate themselves to finish their stories.

But there’s one thing nearly everyone who enters a writing contest wants…

To win.

Announcing a New Writing Contest (Over $400 in Prizes)

The Write Practice Writing Contest

Today, we’re officially opening the The Write Practice Writing Contest, our first official writing contest in over two years.

But just in case you think you know what a writing contest involves, let me tell you that this is not your average writing contest.

Our Five Favorite Books on Writing

5 Favorite Books on Writing

A few days ago, I asked our readers what their all-time favorite book on writing was. I heard back from dozens of writers. Many of the favorite writing books I had heard of, but their were a few books I didn’t recognize and had to add to my (long) list of books to read. By the end, I compiled a […]

How to Write a Short Story from Start to Finish

How to Write a Short Story from Start to Finish

I’m working on a new short story. However, it’s been a while, since I’ve written a short story, and I’m feeling out of practice. I’m figuring out how to write a short story all over again.

Contractions List: When To Use and When To Avoid

Contractions List

I had a conversation with a fellow writer recently about contractions, when they’re appropriate to use and when they should be avoided.

But first, what are contractions? Is there a contractions list?

What I Mean When I Say I Am A Writer

What I Mean When I Say I Am A Writer

I’m beginning a long season of travel. Yesterday, I got home from California, where I had a few meetings and spent time with family. In July, I’ll be in Portland for World Domination Summit (if you’ll be there, let me know!). In August, there’s Plywood Presents in Atlanta, and the Tribe Writers conference in Nashville, where I’ll be speaking (you should come!).

What this means for me is that I have to explain what I do for a living a lot. It’s not easy, at least for me. I am a writer, yes, but what does that really mean?

72% of Writers Struggle With THIS


Nearly every day, I hear from writers who are struggling to finish their stories. They tell me they have great ideas, have already finished a few chapters of their book, but they just can’t summon the motivation to finish.