No Nonsense Writing Advice from Folks Who ‘Know’

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When you put yourself out ‘there’ as a writer, when you lasso the title of ‘writer,’ inevitably you are asked your opinion. You are also confronted by a litany of folks who make excuses. Now, I’m not adverse to the excuse bit. I hear and speak them daily. But what I’ve discovered in my brief [….]

LitStack Exclusive: Good and Bad Writing Advice

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As writers, new and seasoned, there’s one truth that seems to be universal: everyone has advice for you. The problem occurs when those “everyones” don’t quite know what they’re talking about. You’re going to get good and bad advice as you navigate your way learning the writing craft. There will be people who tell you [….]

Inspirational Quotes from Writers You’ve Actually Read

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It would be a superlative world if the collective “we” would fess up. We’ve done posts before that were meant to inspire. We’ve quoted some of the most beloved, some of the most “important” writers in history. But let’s face it — not every “great” writer has been read by the masses. We wish that [….]

It’s a Jekyll and Hyde Thing: My Pursuit of the Written Word

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The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.”       – Vladimir Nabokov The act of writing is a strange beast. A creature to love and to loathe, quite often at the exact same time. It can [….]

Practical Advice for Beginning Writers

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I’ve been writing since I was a kid. (That’s a very long time. I’m old, y’all). Being a published writer has always been my dream. I can’t, in fact, remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer. The difference between that little girl all those years ago and the woman writing this [….]

Phillipa Bornikova on Her Favorite Writing Advice

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We are honored to host this guest post by Phillipa Bornikova in celebration of her blog tour for ‘Box Office Poison.’ Be sure to check out Sharon’s review of this exciting title and enter for a chance to win a copy of this amazing book! Thanks for the post, Phillipa! The Best Writing Advice I’ve [….]

LitStaff Pick: ‘I Wish My Favorite Author Would Write…’

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The books closest to our hearts become a part of us. We love them for various reasons, and  when a story is great, we tend to gravitate toward its author. Their worlds speak to us. Their characters resonate with us. And while it’s true that even our favorite authors and their works are important to [….]

Gaiman Quotes on Writing

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From our friends at Mental Floss. Check out their full post here. Neil Gaiman is a prolific author spanning genres — he has hits in the worlds of comics, young adult fiction, grownup fiction, television, film, and even nonfiction (I particularly enjoyed Don’t Panic, his Douglas Adams/HHGTTG companion). Here, are a few quotes from Gaiman [….]