Archives: Writing

Apr 26

Why ebooks cost so much

Former literary agent Nathan Bransford, on the costs of publishing: For a new best-selling hardcover, all of the costs associated with print, from the printing […]

Jul 11

Don’t fear the (ebook) tsunami

Now that virtually anyone can publish virtually anything, it’s natural to worry that the average quality of published works will plummet. Author John Brown, however, […]

Jun 17

All about the marketing?

Author Steven Leather, on mixed-up priorities: The vast majority of self-published eBooks are bad. Worse than bad. Awful. There, I’ve said it […] When I […]

Jun 01

The art of self-description

Michael Margolis, on writing your own bio: Even the most skilled communicators get tongue-tied and twisted when trying to represent themselves in writing. We fear […]

May 30

The world’s most inspiring bookstores

From stunning architecture to one-of-a-kind collections, Salon showcases 14 of the world’s most interesting bookstores. (via Susan Cain.)

May 25

The Plain Writing Act

A law requiring government institutions to write in plain language. Signed into law last year and slated to take full effect in October 2011. Good […]

May 25

Artistic control in publishing

Authors have much less control over the traditional publishing process than most people think, writes agent-turned-author Nathan Bransford. It’s not always a bad thing (experienced […]

May 25

How do you make science interesting?

Answer: make it unexpected; make it human. Vivienne Parry: Every great science story has an “I never knew that” moment at its heart: some utterly […]

May 21

Using chapter outlines

Author John Brown gives a behind-the-scenes look at how he uses chapter outlines while drafting, with examples from his actual work.

May 19

Ebooks outsell all paper books on Amazon

Kindle ebooks now outsell hardcovers and paperbacks combined on Amazon – 105 ebooks for every 100 paper books sold since the beginning of April. Physical […]

May 18

All fiction is fan fiction

Also from Austin Kleon: The question every young writer asks is: “What should I write?” And the cliched answer is, “Write what you know.” This […]

May 17

No literary merit

Paul Theroux: I loathe blogs when I look at them. Blogs look to me illiterate, they look hasty, like someone babbling. To me writing is […]

May 16

The power of nouns

From author James Maxey’s excellent article, Stories are made out of scenes; scenes are made out of nouns: It’s nouns that truly paint the pictures […]

May 13

Simpler and shorter, without misinterpretation

Artist John T. Unger, on the brevity and usefulness of Twitter: Twitter’s largely my notebook for ideas. I get them down, see some feedback and […]

May 10

Disruptive self-publishing

There’s still a market for physical books, if you get creative. Scott Sigler’s self-publishing strategy: We set a goal to sell 600 pre-orders of a […]

May 10

My place in the world

A friend asked me on Twitter: “What’s your promise to the world? What are you giving to your audience that no one else is?” Once […]

May 08

A quiet place to write

Beautiful piece by Ev Bogue: Somewhere to sit whenever the inspiration to write strikes. A coffee shop that’s quiet, with dependable Wifi, a good atmosphere, […]

May 05

Writer’s fuel

When I’m stuck, frustrated, and not in the mood to write, what helps the most is reading author blogs. Not writing blogs, mind you, the […]

May 04

Getting more happiness from your blog

Skellie on blogging and creating without ulterior motives: You’ll get more happiness from your blog if you see it as something that has value and […]

May 04

Steven Pressfield’s “Do the Work”

I just finished reading through Steven Pressfield’s new manifesto, Do the Work. It’s good. If you enjoyed what Steven’s written on art and resistance in […]

May 02

Better than ‘Show, don’t Tell’

Ollin Morales, on why “show, don’t tell” often confuses writers: See “show, don’t tell” reminds us of “show and tell” and the days when we […]

Apr 27

V.S. Naipaul’s rules for writers

Nobel laureate V.S Naipaul’s 7 rules for writers: Do not write long sentences. A sentence should not have more than ten or twelve words. Each […]

Apr 26

Aiming too high?

I wonder if I’m being too ambitious. To date, I’ve come up with dozens of different story seeds, each of which could plausibly become the […]

Apr 26

The perfect creative routine

I wish I had one. There’s something about the idea of having a calm, purposeful, repeatable creative ritual that appeals to me. In The Last […]

Mar 23

25,000 Words

I discovered today that I’ve written over 25,000 words in the course of working on my dream series of books. That’s 25,000 words of backstory, […]

Feb 14

Down with the hype

Publishing veteran Shawn Coyne on the decline of “literary” fiction: The audience for “literary” books has shrunk considerably over the twenty years I’ve been in […]