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 [….]

LitStack Recs: Crash Course & Ninefox Gambit

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Crash Course: essays from where writing and life collide, by Robin Black The third book from short story writer and novelist Robin Black collects her recent essays, many of which first appeared on the great, and sadly erstwhile literary blog, Beyond the Margins. Crash Course, subtitled essays from where writing and life collide, is aptly [….]

Brutally Honest Writing Advice That You Should Be Following

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Being a writer isn’t always an easy gig. There are moments of struggle, of invented blocks that we use as an excuse to procrastinate and there is the thrilling, relieving seconds when a story is complete and we’ve finally wrote the two most beautiful words in the English language: The End. But to get to [….]

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 [….]

Why It’s Important to Never, Ever Give Up: Authors Who Were Repeatedly Rejected

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Once, while at a slavery museum in my region, I saw a picture of a horribly abused man, a runaway slave, who’d been whipped so brutally that the skin on his back was pigmented into one massive grayish whelp. The image stuck with me, haunted me, but what reverberates in my memory, was the Churchill [….]

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 [….]

Owen Egerton on Great Writing Wisdom

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Just like any writer, we love to hear great writing advice. Sure, said advice is not always wanted, but pearls of wisdom can be gathered from even the most unwelcome bits of useless “advice.” Owen Egerton, an Austin writer, posted on The Huffington Post Blog about the collection of advice that he’s come to listen [….]

Why It’s Okay to Suck

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Writing isn’t easy. From my vantage point, writing isn’t some glamorous little task pulled off with little effort by we brave few who have a tight grasp on proper grammar. Writing, quite simply, is very hard work. That notion is exacerbated by the intrinsic self- doubting nature of the writer. We are in a constant [….]