10 Resolutions for the Writing Life

Column by Riki Cleveland January 7, 2016
A new year, a fresh start. Get 2016 off on the right foot with this list of ten resolutions for the writing life.

A Look At The Morning Rituals and Daily Habits of 9 Popular Authors

Column by Michael David Wilson December 22, 2015
An exploration of the morning rituals and daily habits of authors including Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, Bret Easton Ellis and Paul Tremblay.

Writing Life

Column by Leah Rhyne June 18, 2015
Write what you know. Write your life. Write your body. Write YOU. What if what you know isn't interesting enough to write? What then? Are you stuck forever in mediocrity?

Dear George R.R. Martin

Column by Robbie Blair May 6, 2015
Dear George. I love you. I hate you. Oh, I don't know how I feel anymore ... but I do know you're a tease. Won't you please listen to me?

The Brick by Brick Method of Writing

Column by Robbie Blair April 28, 2015
I explore a central lesson I learned from writing my thesis: A "brick-by-brick" writing approach that makes projects more manageable, less stressful, and easier to complete.

Exercises All Writers Need To Do

Column by Jessica Meddows April 17, 2015
Sitting at your desk, hunched over your keyboard is one of the worst things for your body, and one of the occupational hazards of being a writer. Read the exercises you should be doing to help this.

Abandoning Linearity and Enabling Shuffle Mode: How to Write Out of Sequence

Column by Max Booth III March 13, 2015
By writing out of sequence, you no longer have to force yourself to write the boring bits. You are always writing the fun chapters. The scenes that remind you why you’re a writer in the first place.

Five Asinine Things Writers Hate to Hear

Column by Ed Sikov March 6, 2015
A selection of idiotic questions and comments that ruin a writer's day.

Five Reasons Not to Give Up on Your WIP

Column by Raine Winters March 4, 2015
Quitting is easy. Continuing to write: that's the hard part. Here's five reasons why you should never give up on a WIP.

5 Ways To Write A Page A Day In 2015

Column by Christine J. Schmidt January 20, 2015
2015 is the year of the writer, and that writer is you.

Hitting Your Stride: 7 Tips for Higher Word Counts in 2015

Column by Susan DeFreitas
Writing output in 2014 less than prodigious? Here are some hot tips from famous writers, productivity gurus, neuroscience, and yours truly for higher word counts in 2015.

Crappy New Year: 5 Failed Writing Resolutions

Column by Peter Derk December 30, 2014
Lots of writers resolve to write when the ball drops. What happens to those resolutions over the next 365 days?

So You Want To Write A Book, Part 3: This Is The End

Column by Leah Rhyne November 25, 2014
In this, the final installment of So You Want To Write A Book, we talk about THE END!

Attention Deficit Creators

Column by Robbie Blair October 29, 2014
Some discussion of my own journey with ADD and my choice to get off meds, along with a look at attention deficit tendencies in creative individuals and how to cope with those tendencies.

The Pleasures Of Writing At Night

Column by Peter Derk October 24, 2014
Detailing the pleasures specific to writing at night.

So You Want To Write A Book, Part 2: The Daily Grind

Column by Leah Rhyne October 21, 2014
In this, the third installment of 'So You Want To Write A Book', we discuss the daily work of writing a novel - the daily grind, the mid-book doldrums, to sprint or not, and all sorts of other fun!

On Weed: Should Writers Write While High?

Column by Peter Derk September 12, 2014
Does weed help the writing process? Let's find out.

The Top 10 Excuses For Not Writing

Column by Ed Sikov September 2, 2014
A list of suggested excuses for writers who just can't manage to get any writing done.

The Joy of Writing Longhand

Column by Christine J. Schmidt August 8, 2014
I know I sound like a caveman, but you should really go back to writing your scripts and stories with a pen and paper.

5 Silver Linings of Having A Day Job

Column by Christopher Shultz July 18, 2014
Even though we dream of writing for a living, we sometimes need day jobs to make ends meet. This doesn't have to be a bad thing.

The Importance of Journaling

Column by Christine J. Schmidt July 17, 2014
Every writer should keep a journal, or two, or more.

Writer Burnout: What To Do When You're Done

Column by Leah Rhyne May 30, 2014
No matter how much you love what you do (or what you write), sometimes you burn out. Here's one writer's tale of burnout, implosion, and eventual re-ignition.

Offer The Coffee Branch: A Plea For Peace From A Coffee Shop Writer

Column by Peter Derk May 28, 2014
A peace treaty for coffee shop writers and non-writers, profiling 5 of the worst types of coffee shop writers. Let's end the madness.

4 Signs That You're Not Writing Enough...and 4 Things You Can Do About It

Column by Naturi Thomas-Millard May 23, 2014
Once you had the good stuff, But now it feels like a bluff? Here's some tips to get tough, And start writing enough...or at least more.

Write Drunk: The Science of Altered States and Creativity

Column by Robbie Blair March 11, 2014
The idea that altered states lead to creativity is an established cultural "wisdom." But is the "write drunk" mentality accurate? I look at the science while conducting a study of my own.