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6 Hard Truths Every Writer Should Accept From a person who never dreamed of writing a book to published author, I've learned some things along the way. There are a few hard truths I feel every writer should accept. The sooner you accept them, the sooner you'll stop obsessing about them and the sooner you can do the work to get yourself published. Yes, there are exceptions along the way; examples of authors who have defied the odds and made publishing look easy. This isn't for them. It's for you. Here's a little tough love.
What Every Writer Needs to Know about Keeping a Personal Diary I'd never thought much about diaries until I was well into researching my latest book: The Point Is: Making Sense of Birth, Death, and Everything in Between. The book's about how each of us, beginning a young age, begins collecting memories. And how, as if by magic, we build a story out of them-the story of our life, the narrative we carry in our heads. Just like a written story, it's got a beginning, a middle, and eventually an end. Some chapters are happy, others we'd delete if we could. There are any number of turning points along the way.
New Literary Agent Alert: Lori Galvin of Zachary Shuster Harmsworth New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Lori Galvin of Zachary Shuster Harmsworth) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
How to Use Surprise to Build Suspense In 1962, Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut discussed their work during a marathon lasting fifty hours over five days. The two great directors and their French/English interpreter barely paused for meals. It was during this conversation that Hitchcock gave his famous surprise versus suspense example-the bomb planted in the café. He used this example to demonstrate that contrary to popular belief, suspense is far more engaging than surprise.
WD's 24st Annual Self-Published Book Awards - Deadline May 2 Whether you're a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here's your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer's Digest hosts the 24th annual self-published competition-the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition, co-sponsored by Book Marketing Works, LLC spotlights today's self-published works and honors self-published authors. Early bird pricing ends Friday, April 1.
How to Write for Teens Without Sounding Like an Adult Writing for Teens Ask any agent and they'll tell you the trick to nailing young adult writing is in the voice. And even though I spend my workdays with teens, I heard it countless times when I was looking for representation for my failed first YA novel. So when I finally buried that novel for good and moved on to what became DON'T GET CAUGHT, I was determined to make sure the voice was right. It took more than eight drafts and constant revisions, but ultimately I signed with an agent who sold the book in a little over a month. The trick, I've found, is first to get yourself back to thinking like a teenager again, and once there, writing your novel as a teenager would.
Your Weekly Writing Prompt Dear Me: Opening up your lunch box, you expect to find your normal mixture of baby carrots, a slightly-mushed sandwich and a clementine. But today's different. Instead of the food you swore you had packed that morning, there's a mysterious note signed by-yourself? What does it say, and why can't you remember writing it? Perhaps most important, what will you eat for lunch?