Creating a Writing Space

It's important to have a space set aside in your home for writing. It can be a big cushion in a corner of your closet with a notebook and pen, if that's all you have room for, or perhaps the back seat of your car because that's the only place you can get some peace and quiet, but it should be all yours, waiting for you whenever it's time to write.

If, instead, you go with the more traditional desk (and I'm not knocking the cushion because, really, it's portable, and you can take it to a park or a friend's house or a garden or something and have a change of scenery, which is always good), what does this space look like? Is it covered with books or bills or plants or receipts or clothes or dishes from lunch yesterday?

Have a little respect! Move that stuff somewhere else. Get a good lamp, put a picture or quote over your desk, something you won't mind staring at a lot (there'll be a lot of staring, trust me), tape some quotes on your monitor to inspire you (but keep an eye on these. When they seem tired because you've looked at them so often, put up some new ones.) Keep the area current with things that inspire you, change things up, perhaps on a monthly basis. Here are some ideas:

How about some flowers? Or a plant?

A container of your favorite pens - perfect excuse to go to Staples and buy things you don't really need but always make you feel better having: labels, hole punch, multi-colored paper clips, blue paper, post-its shaped like flowers...I can hear those waterproof markers calling me now...

A small notebook for jottings - sometimes writing it down before it goes on the computer helps you think and write differently. Make it an attractive notebook, not a spiral with the Power Rangers on it because it was cheap. (Unless you dig the Power Rangers. Then go for it!)

A couple of books you keep going back to for inspiration - when I get stuck I grab one of a few favorite books of poetry or fiction, and look for passages I've underlined that might jump start my writing again.

A couple of placemats in a friendly color or pattern covering the desk area - these double as sponges when you scream 'eureka!' and knock over your soda in joy because you finally found the most amazing metaphor ever to describe your character's eating habits.

Have a dictionary and thesaurus nearby. Duh.

If you keep disks of old writing - what am I saying--IF? You better hold onto those fragments and scraps of 'failed' writing. Are you crazy? That's a goldmine - keep those near as well, so you can go back and look for something you might use now and don't waste time digging in the 'miscellaneous drawer' in the kitchen, a box in the basement, the trunk of your car, or your ex-boyfriend's bathroom closet. Go on, you still have the key don't you? Go get them!

Your version of worry beads - sometimes I need something for my hands to do while I'm thinking. For some reason, this smooths things out in my head. I keep shells or stones on my desk, because sometimes I find I get anxious when things are going too well, when I'm working on a piece that is zooming along and I need to slow down a bit and make sure I don't lose any of the ideas as they come pouring in. When it's all falling into place I worry I might ruin it. It helps to pick up a stone and roll it in my hands and remember to take my time, listen, and stay out of my own way. This works even if things aren't going all that well. I get great ideas when washing dishes or driving the car. Moving an object between my hands creates a soothing, repetitive motion that allows my mind to relax, consider, drift, while lightly focusing on the object. It's a sort of meditation and it really works.

One of my favorites - cut out pictures from magazines of people that best represent what your characters look like. Or a picture of their house, the town, their cat. For example: if you're writing a poem on Paris or winter or winter in Paris, cut out a picture that evokes the mood you're going for. Tape these up on your monitor. Imagine your characters talking to each other. Fighting. Kissing. Imagine them walking through the streets or staring out the window of the living room. What are they thinking about? What are you thinking about? Visual representations like these can give a huge boost to your writing.

Burning some scented candles or incense - but don't leave them to run to the store for ice cream or to put the laundry in the dryer. It would really suck if the house burned down and with it the novel you just finished, wouldn't it? Be safe.

Dress up or down - this is the perfect time to put on the pajamas with the goldfish on them your mother gave you for Christmas. You know, the ones with the matching tank top and socks. Hey, go all out. Put a bow in your hair. Wear a festive necklace. If you're a guy - time for the team jersey, those silk boxers your girlfriend gave you that you swore you'd never wear, a robe with a scarf at the neck, a tie tied around your forehead or the pajamas with the goldfish on them your mother gave you for Christmas. Be silly. Be weird. Why not? This is not the time for pride. It's time to do whatever you can to get things flowing. You want to establish a good routine, and then throw something in to shake things up a little.

Try some music to get yourself in the mood - for writing! Take a few minutes to gauge how you're feeling right now, what you might like to listen to (classical, sounds of rain or birds or the ocean, disco, rap, drumming, the original cast recording of Oklahoma!?) put the cd in and let it take you straight into your imagination.

Also, we know your tricks. Make sure you walked the dog and tivo'ed the game before you sit down. No excuses.

Now, get to it! Remember, setting the right stage for your work, using all the senses, and creating a routine for entering your space cues your brain that it's time for writing, a habit you definitely don't want to break.

Christine Stewart, M.F.A. is an artist-in-residence with Creative Alliance in Baltimore. She is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and has been published in Poetry, Ploughshares, and other literary magazines. To subscribe to her Real Writer newsletter, find information on mentoring and teaching services for writers, or purchase the upcoming e-book "The 30-Day Writing Challenge," (and receive a FREE writing evaluation!), check out her website at http://www.therealwriter.com

In The News:

Is Teaching Writing As Important As Teaching Reading?  Voice of AmericaWhen educators think of literacy -- the ability to read and write -- they often place more importance on students' abilities to read and fully understand a piece of ...
On writing: The fountain-pen has survived time, trade and technology  The Indian ExpressMany people will probably give up writing by hand and either type, or dictate to their favourite form of technology. However, for those limited few who still prefer ...
Grammarly will now tell you if your writing is bland - Tech News  The Star OnlineGrammarly has announced that its text Editor tool will not only check your grammar correctness and spelling, but also warn you if your writing is bland or lacking ...
Campus Centers Put Fine Point on Writing Skills  VOA NewsMany college students enter college or university thinking they are ready for the academic challenges ahead. But many would be wrong, experts say.
Andrea Camilleri had a late but great career in crime writing  The GuardianThe author, who has died aged 93, was almost 70 when he took up the genre, but his novels are as rich with serious thinking as with thrilling plots.
Paul McCartney wrote an ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ musical — and we've heard it  New York Post Sir Paul McCartney could be leaving Abbey Road for Broadway. Over the past year, the Beatle has been writing a new musical, a stage version of the 1946 ...
Human rights activist Najwa Zebian helps others through her writing  Global NewsNajwa Zebian was born in Lebanon and moved to Canada with her family when she was 16 years old. She remembers how unsettling it was to move to a new ...
Emmys 2019: Writing, Directing Nominations Far From Parity  Variety"Handmaid's Tale" and several comedies helped, but racial and gender parity is far from being achieved in writing and directing categories.
Putney Library class teaches the art of writing short stories  Brattleboro ReformerPUTNEY — The Putney Library will host a two-part class on reading and writing the short story, taught by Writer-in-Residence Michelle Blake and novelist and ...
Alan Moore Is Officially Retiring From Writing Comic Books  Screen RantAlan Moore, the creator of such legendary comics as From Hell, V for Vendetta, and Watchmen has officially retired from the comic book industry with the release ...
The art of writing a play  Winnipeg Free PressIf I knew how to write a play, I probably wouldn't keep writing plays.... - The Arts - Winnipeg Free Press.
Reading and writing assistance increases the chance of getting a Disability Support Pension  The Conversation AUHelp with reading and writing increases the probability of receiving the Disability Support Pension by about 20%.
'Game Of Thrones' Fans Said Season 8 Writing Was Bad, These Emmy Noms For D & D Say Otherwise  NewsweekThe uproar around Game of Thrones Season 8 seems like a distant memory; however, 32 Emmy nominations (including writing) restarted the conversation ...
Author Myke Cole talks writing hard science fiction in his space-set Coast Guard novel Sixteenth Watch  The VergeMyke Cole is best known for his fantasy work, including his military-focused urban fantasy Shadow Ops series and his more traditionally epic fantasy Sacred ...
Game of Thrones writers Benioff and Weiss pull out of Comic-Con  CNETDavid Benioff and D. B. Weiss will not be attending SDCC. Jeff Kravitz. Game of Thrones is the most nominated series at this year's Emmys, with 32 nominations, ...
“Manuscripts Don’t Burn”: A Conversation with Wale About Writing  DJBoothVeteran rapper Wale talks about his writing process and the importance of honesty as it relates to creating timeless art.
Bootstrapped edtech startup Myedubag is writing a new chapter in the K-12 segment  YourStoryMyedubag is an edtech marketplace for students, parents, and teachers in the K-12 segment. Besides providing live classes and audio-visual study material, the ...
WGA Warns Writers To Be Wary Of “Help” Offered By Fired Agents  DeadlineThe WGA's negotiating committee reminded writers tonight to be wary of fired agents offering to “help” their out-of-work former clients.
Meet a Blackfoot elder who worked for 20 years to showcase Writing-on-Stone to the world  The NarwhalÁísínai'pi, home to the highest concentration of rock carvings and paintings on the Great Plains of North America, was designated as Alberta's first World ...
Struggling with your academic writing? Try these experiments to get the words flowing  Science MagazineOur Letters to Young Scientists columnists offer some ideas for developing good writing habits.
Scholars Talk Writing: How a Literary Agent Views Academic Books  The Chronicle of Higher EducationWhen scholars approach me for help writing a book proposal, especially when they believe their topic will be of general interest, my first piece of advice is ...
How'd a suburban Minnesotan wind up writing Florida Georgia Line songs in Nashville?  City PagesBrett Tyler spent his childhood listening to grunge and ska in suburban Minnesota, but he'd often visit his rural family deep in the north woods…
The Con Man Who Became a True-Crime Writer  The AtlanticIn his old life, Matthew Cox told stories to scam his way into millions of dollars. Now he's trying to make it by selling tales that are true.
Pete Holmes on How Writing Can Be a Spiritual Experience  RELEVANT MagazineIf you've seen HBO's Crashing, than you're already familiar with the story of comedian Pete Holmes. Raised in an evangelical household, Pete went to a ...
John Carpenter and Anthony Burch Are Co-Writing a New Joker Comic  GizmodoThe Joker? Oh, you mean the Joker? No, no, the Joker. Lately, there are a lot of Jokers. The newest one is being written by John Carpenter. Carpenter and ...
The Pitfalls of Writing About Revolutionary Defense Technology  War on the RocksTechnology as a source of military innovation is hot stuff within the U.S. defense establishment right now. Anyone following the flow of information coming from ...
He’s Writing 365 Children’s Books in 365 Days, While Holding Down a Day Job  The New York TimesEAGLEHAWK NECK, Tasmania — By the time Matt Zurbo plopped on the couch to write his 282nd children's story, he'd worked all day at an oyster farm, ...
This LA Writer Turned Comic-Con Into A Crime Story  LAistSan Diego's Comic-Con International starts Wednesday night, which makes this the perfect time to talk about Bad Weekend, a noir set against the backdrop of a ...
Asheville auto shop employee fired after writing 'poka honas' on woman's invoice  WTVD-TVA Valvoline auto repair shop employee in Asheville has been fired after reportedly calling a woman "poka honas" on her invoice.
Writing With Your Eyes Closed  The New York TimesBlind authors like Milton show what's possible when your imagination is 20-20.
Advice for writing effectively for the public (opinion)  Inside Higher EdVictor Ray provides some concrete tips for how to reach a broader audience.
‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2’s Woes Started With Its Writing (Column)  VarietyAndrea Arnold reportedly never got the chance to put her stamp on "Big Little Lies" Season 2 -- which is frankly unsurprisingly.
Don Walker's new book reminds us he's one of Australia's greatest songwriters  ABC NewsDon Walker on writing books, reigniting Cold Chisel and grappling with the legacy of his biggest song. Don Walker is one of Australia's best writers. You know ...
This Writing Contest Can Win You A Stay At The Hotel Commonwealth  UPROXXIf you're an emerging author looking to find the right time to get started on that future best-seller, this writer's contest from Boston's Hotel Commonwealth might ...
Why You Should Outsource Your Writing, Plus How To Do It Well  ForbesThree tips for finding the right writer for you, your company, and your copy.
Hunter S. Thompson Writing Cabin For Rent On Airbnb, Supports Veterans Scholarship  DeadlineIf you find yourself somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert and the drugs are starting to take hold, you might as well continue on the road to a ...
Inside the story: writing the powerful female world of Wentworth  The Conversation AUIn the popular Australian TV series Wentworth, the setting of a women's prison is a pressure-cooker for drama. The setting also allows for greater representation ...
The Garbage Man Speaks  VultureClickHole, a sister site of the Onion that parodies the internet's most clickbaity *content*, launched in June 2014, but it arguably wasn't until later that year that the ...
Man jailed after writing bad checks to local auto dealerships  WTOV SteubenvilleA man accused of scheming car dealerships out of vehicles and money has been arrested. NEWS9 has connected him to four different incidents in two counties.
The Writing on the Wall: America's Retirement Crisis by the Numbers  The Motley FoolThousands of Americans are at risk of going broke in retirement, and it's only going to get worse.
‘Read, read, read to stoke the furnace,’ and more writing advice from Luis Alberto Urrea  PBS NewsHourOur June pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, “Now Read This” is Luis Alberto Urrea's “The House of Broken Angels.” Become a member of ...
Once-celebrated prison writing program led by author Wally Lamb is now under investigation by the state  Hartford CourantAn acclaimed writing program for female prisoners at York Correctional Institution led by bestselling author Wally Lamb has been suspended after efforts to ...
Writing your life stories topic of workshop | Entertainment  Coos Bay WorldBANDON - Remember when you were a child, listening to your grandparents, parents and other relatives telling stories about when they were young?
State investigating Wally Lambs inmate writing program  Norwich BulletinHARTFORD — The state of Connecticut is investigating an inmate writing program run by author Wally Lamb after a lawsuit was filed this spring by participants.
Writing in the Shadow of “V”: Adventures in Speculative Fiction with Stephen Graham Jones  lareviewofbooksA lively interview with Bram Stoker Award–winning author Stephen Graham Jones on his turn to speculative fiction and genre.
We learn reading and writing at school. Why not educate kids about mental wellbeing too  Stuff.co.nzOPINION: The more kids understand why they are feeling angry or sad, the more as adults they will manage those emotions appropriately.
Johnny Clegg was writing autobiography shortly before his death  Channel 24South African music icon Johnny Clegg, who died on Tuesday following a long battle with pancreatic cancer, was writing an autobiography shortly before his ...
Boca OB-GYN accused of writing phony prescriptions, including for men  Palm Beach PostBOCA RATON — A suburban Boca Raton OB-GYN was arrested Saturday after she allegedly wrote phony prescriptions for patients, including men, that she ...
British Ambassador Concealed Insults from Trump by Writing Messages in English  The New YorkerAndy Borowitz jokes that the British Ambassador to the United States, Kim Darroch, tried to hide his insulting analyses of Donald Trump from the President by ...
Jourdan Rodrigue: Writing about the small, powerful moments...  The AthleticRodrigue joins Joe Person on our Panthers beat to continue to get the Panthers news you trust and the independent analysis you appreciate.
25-Year-Old Eva Victor Is Now Writing For Herself  ForbesEva Victor might be best known for her viral videos, but this comedian and writer has a lot more going on.
Writer Jonathan Hickman Details How He Plans to Reinvent Marvel's 'X-Men' Comics  ComplexNow that the Fox-produced series of X-Men films have come to an end with plans to incorporate the characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the future, ...
Nikolaj Coster Waldau: 32 Emmy nominations validates the writing on Game of Thrones  PINKVILLANikolaj Coster-Waldau could not contain his excitement over the 32 nominations for Game of Thrones at Emmys 2019. The actor stated that the nominations ...
How Louisville basketball is writing an incredible comeback story  Big Red LouieAs the 2019-20 Louisville basketball season approaches, let's put into perspective how far ahead of schedule the Cardinals and Chris Mack already are.
‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ Writers on Mysterio, Those Credits Scenes, and Following ‘Endgame’  Collider.comSpoilers for Spider-Man: Far from Home and Avengers: Endgame follow below. Following in the footsteps of a movie as massively popular as Avengers: ...
A high school principal is reassigned after writing that he couldn't say the Holocaust was 'a factual, historical event'  CNNThe principal at a Florida high school is being reassigned to a position with the school district after revelations that he wrote emails to a parent that seemed to ...
In his bid for speaker, Rep. Matthew Hill is borrowing a page from Glen Casada's playbook  The TennesseanBorrowing a page out of embattled House Speaker Glen Casada's political playbook, Rep. Matthew Hill has spent weeks cultivating votes to become the ...
The Barbie Movie Is Now Being Written by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach  VultureToday in news conjured in a laboratory specifically for us: Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach are making the Barbie movie!
How to find online writing jobs as a copywriter  Android AuthorityIf you're looking for an easy business model/side hustle, consider becoming a copywriter and taking on online writing jobs.
I’m writing a will — how do I choose an executor?  Financial TimesExperts advise the person to trust with this task should ideally be younger than you are.
The Phone Call That Changed a Writer’s Fate  The Wall Street Journal“The Chain,” a kidnapping thriller being marketed as “Jaws for parents,” is emerging as one of publishing's biggest bets of the summer beach-read season.
Meet the New Writers of James Bond 007 - Vita Ayala and Danny Lore  Bleeding Cool NewsVita Ayala and Danny Lore are the new writers for Dynamite Entertainment's comic book series, James Bond 007, with art from Eric Gapstur. The new James.
Exclusive: Jon Favreau Says He’s Already Writing and Pre-Shooting ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2  Collider.com'The Mandalorian' creator Jon Favreau says he's already writing and in pre-production on the second season of the live-action Star Wars TV series.
The curriculum writers: 200 teachers determine what Anne Arundel students learn, when and how they’ll learn it  CapitalGazette.comA school's curriculum shapes students' experiences in the classroom, but not everyone knows how it winds up in front of more than 82000 students in Anne ...
Sats: A third below par in reading, writing and maths  BBC NewsOne in three 11-year-olds in England fails to reach the expected levels in reading, writing and maths.
DAVID DASTMALCHIAN Writing COUNT CROWLEY Comic for DARK HORSE  NewsaramaDavid Dastmalchian has played numerous comic book characters on TV and screen, but now he's seguing to creating and writing them. The Ant-Man co-star is ...
Writers to Watch Fall 2019: Anticipated Debuts  Publishers WeeklyThis season's list features five translated works—from the French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. Even the American debuts have a distinctly international flavor ...
What's the best mini-laptop for YouTube and writing reports?  The GuardianPeter wants a mini-laptop to go with his old BlackBerry phone. What are his options?
ITV drops all-male comedy writing teams in push for equality  The IndependentITV has revealed it will no longer commission comedy shows that have an all-male writing team. The broadcaster's head of comedy, Saskia Schuster, made the ...
Thor 4 Is Happening With Taika Waititi Writing And Directing  EmpireIn the news Thor: Ragnarok fans have been waiting for. Get printing those revolutionary pamphlets, because Thor 4 is happening – and Taika Waititi is coming ...
Writing under the Nazi jackboot: Tucholsky and Kästner Books  RTE.ieThe writers Kurt Tucholsky (1890-1935) and Erich Kästner (1899-1974) both served in World War One and bravely resisted the Nazi jackboot through veiled ...
After British ambassador’s downfall, diplomats fear putting Trump criticisms in writing  The Washington PostThe lightning-fast resignation of Britain's ambassador to the United States on Wednesday following a leak of his correspondence criticizing the Trump ...
Yang Hengjun: Australian writer detained in China expected to be charged, lawyer says  The GuardianYang, who has been detained for six months, is expected to be charged with endangering national security.
'Snyder Cut' letter-writing campaign for 'Justice League': details  INSIDERZack Snyder fans are planning a letter-writing campaign, aimed at the new Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff, in the latest "Release the Snyder Cut" effort.
Alberta’s Writing-on-Stone monument named UNESCO World Heritage Site  Global NewsThe UNESCO has added Alberta's Writing-on-Stone monument to its list of World Heritage Sites.
'John Wick' Writer Heading to Marvel's 'Falcon & Winter Soldier'  WIREDThe show will eventually air on the Disney+ streaming *service*.
The Greatest Song Ever Written  National ReviewHyperbole is part of a writer's art, and a talker's. WFB was a master of hyperbole. Once, in a book, he described his pool — an indoor swimming pool — as “the ...
'Avengers: Endgame' Writers Clear Up Lingering Questions  HuffPostWriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely answer "Endgame" mysteries.
After Bodyguard, Inside No 9 and Killing Eve, why are our TV writers still underrated?  The GuardianMelvyn Bragg explains how a desire to debunk cultural snobbery led him to devote his new series of The South Bank Show to creators of small-screen drama.
Dissent in Ranks of Hollywood Writers Who Fired Their Agents  The New York TimesAs television and movie writers find themselves in a standoff with the four major talent agencies, some of them want to push their unions in a new direction.
How an ex-Oakland writer is trying to repay the people whose stories he told  San Francisco ChronicleRichard Davis sells the homeless advocacy newspaper Street Spirit in front of a Trader Joe's in Oakland. Photo: Michael Short, Special to The Chronicle.
Star Tribune's Patrick Reusse nominated for top baseball writing award  Star TribunePatrick Reusse, longtime Star Tribune columnist, was nominated for the J.G. Taylor Spink Award by the Baseball Writers Association on Tuesday, one of three ...
Fast Company is hiring a design writer  Fast CompanyCo.Design, Fast Company's award-winning design news channel, is looking for an intrepid reporter and writer to cover the intersection of design, business, and ...
Portsmouth student invited to STEM camp after writing letter to join program  WAVY.comMore opportunities are in store for local elementary school student, Alicia Samuels.
Millennial Writer Cries at Work, Puts Mother on Speakerphone after Editor Corrects Her Spelling  PJ MediaHow does a boss manage a worker who believes their feelings trump reality, right down to the way she "feels" about her misspelled words? Gently. And probably ...
Essex doctor struck off for writing fake prescriptions  BBC NewsA doctor was caught writing fake prescriptions when he ordered menopause medicine for a pregnant woman. Dr Mohammad Khan admitted accessing patient ...
UNC football player Jake Lawler told his own story, now he's writing new ones  The Daily Tar Heel"In a world full of hopelessness, you need someone like (Superman), or something, an idea," Jake Lawler is a more than just a UNC football player, he's a ...
Our essay competition for young people  The EconomistTHE ECONOMIST's Open Future initiative was begun last year to make the case for political, economic and social freedoms at a time when these values are ...
Australian writer Yang Hengjun looks set to be charged by Chinese authorities  ABC NewsHis Chinese wife is served a formal notice of charges in Beijing, one day ahead of a six-month deadline to either charge Yang Hengjun, release him or extend ...
Second CPD officer resigns for writing unwarranted tickets to motorists  WCBD News 2CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Two traffic officers have resigned from the Charleston Police Department following internal affairs investigations. According to ...
Paphos Writers Group benefit from social approach to writing  Cyprus MailWriters. They're a solitary lot, right? “My Man Booker? Oh I wrote that at Glastonbury – the crowd surfing was insane!” said No Writer Ever. Surely writing is the ...
Bill Nemitz: Next time, Your Honor, try writing more judiciously  Press HeraldBy saying the survivor of alleged sexual abuse 'buried his head in the sand,' a federal judge betrays a disturbing lack of empathy. By Bill NemitzColumnist.
Two Comedy Writers Take “Face/Off” to a New Level of Weirdness  The New YorkerAmanda Petrusich writes on “Face/Off,” a Shakespearean reënactment of the 1997 action film of the same name, written by two staffers at “The Daily Show with ...
Snoopy taught me how to be a writer  The Washington PostI first found Snoopy in Paradise, Calif., the tiny town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada that was erased by fire last fall. As a child in the late 1960s, my sister and ...
Beware the Writer as Houseguest  The New York TimesLiterary history is filled with authors who depended on lengthy visits for room and board, psychological solace and material. But they have not always proved the ...
Millarville homeowner to announce results of letter-writing contest next week  Calgary HeraldA letter-writing contest for a $1.5-million home in Millarville has drawn to a close — and the homeowner says barring a last-minute miracle to make the ...
The Murderer, the Writer, the Reckoning | by John J. Lennon | NYR Daily  The New York Review of BooksA view of the Hudson River through a window at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, Ossining, New York, February 24, 2017. On February 10, 2002, in a New York ...
Australian Finds a Message in a Bottle Written 50 Years Ago  TIMEAn Australian fisherman man said he was looking for the author of a message in a bottle found 50 years after it was written.
Writer’s Envy Applied to Other Professions  The New YorkerEvan Allgood writes a humorous list of envious quips directed at people who excel at non-writing work.
Marvel writer tips Taron Egerton to be next Wolverine  Metro.co.ukWith a pretty solid Marvel writer in the form of Mark Millar claiming Taron Egerton will be the next Wolverine, people have been responding to the idea of the ...

How To Stay Fit While Writing

Day after day, writers tend to sit for hours writing... Read More

About Writing

Here's everything I know about improving your writing, publishing it... Read More

Focusing Your Reading and Finding Ideas

Many experts recommend reading as a way to get ideas,... Read More

Top 7 Writers Sites for 2005

If you dream of turning your book into a best... Read More

10 Ways to Shatter Writers Block

1. Use Logic: Check for External PressuresAre you under physical... Read More

How To Write to a Word Count

You've finished your story, and you're pretty happy with it.... Read More

Eight Ways To Write Your Novel Faster

I asked several writers how long it took them to... Read More

Alternative View Points and the Lamp of Creativity

Pictures they say are worth a thousand words, but many... Read More

Greatness

[When I was a nineteen-year-old high school student and budding... Read More

Get Creative In The Great Outdoors

Summer's here and the time is write for dancing in... Read More

Know your Audience Before you Write Your Book or Web Site

If you want happy customers to use your service or... Read More

Writing Tips For Novice Authors

If you are reading this article then you probably have... Read More

Stimulate Your Sensebuds...and Wave Goodbye To Writers Cramp!

When you get stuck for ideas, and the words won't... Read More

Want to start a publishing revolution?

Calling all publishers, editors, journalists and freelance writers. It's time... Read More

Writing the 8 WebCopy Headline Categories

My article this issue is an excerpt from a book... Read More

Common Writing Mistakes - Are These Holding You Back From Writing Success?

During the years that I've been teaching writing and participating... Read More

When I Grow Up

I've just come back to work after nine glorious, sun-drenched... Read More

The Authors Life: 14 Hints on Creating a Career Plan

1. Remember publication is a business; writing is an art.... Read More

Are Writing Exercises Effective?

It was reported that the great American author Sinclair Lewis... Read More

The Struggle

Sometime one must coax the words out.Each day is a... Read More

3 Quick Tips on Plotting Your Book

Plotting a book can seem an overwhelming task when you're... Read More

Screenwriting, Screenplays, Screenwriters ? Incremental Productivity

When attempting to understand Creativity and Innovation, it pays to... Read More

Editing

EditingExpect, allow, and accept that every first draft will represent... Read More

The Run-on Sentence: From Here To Eternity

If you find your sentences filled with commas, and they... Read More

10 Things that Keep You from Writing Your Book? and What You Can do About It

9 out of 10 professionals and small business owners have... Read More