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Lisa Dale Norton

Guilty Pleasures for the Memoirist 

Pub Date: Apr 30, 2015 | Columnist: Author and Teacher Lisa Dale Norton

  Guilty Pleasures for the Memoirist by Lisa Dale Norton  May, 2015 “Here are a baker’s dozen of guilty pleasures for writing-weary memoirists . . .” —Lisa Dale Norton Writing memoir is hard work. You spend hours gazing into your past, mining memories for emotions and details, and coming to insights that can be hard Read more »

Warren Adler

You’re Not Alone: 10 Struggles in Writing a Novel

Pub Date: Apr 30, 2015 | Columnist: Bestselling Author Warren Adler

Guest Column by Warren Adler, Reprinted with Permission   May 1, 2015    Like every author on the planet, I’ve spent endless hours mulling over creating titles for my work. One strives, of course, to be both memorable and honestly descriptive of the content. But then, by and large, a great title is an art Read more »

Trouble Getting Started on Your Novel – 2015

Pub Date: Apr 30, 2015 | Columnist: Columnist: William Kowalski, reprinted from WRITING FOR FIRST-TIME NOVELISTS, Practical Thoughts on the Creative Craft. Kowalski is a bestselling author and independent publisher

We all know the feeling. We have the burning urge to write. We must get it down on paper. We feel we are about to self-combust. There are leaping in our heart like trout in a flaming lake, and we are sure that the world would benefit by them if only we could get them Read more »

On the Need for a Writing Routine-2015

Pub Date: Mar 31, 2015 | Columnist: William Kowalski, reprinted from WRITING FOR FIRST-TIME NOVELISTS, Practical Thoughts on the Creative Craft. Kowalski is a bestselling author and independent publisher

My writing mentor, W.S. “Jack” Kuniczak, used to tell me that in order to write a book, the writer has to become immersed in that world. This doesn’t happen overnight, and it can’t be faked. It’s a world of your own creation, but even so, this doesn’t make you the owner of it. You are only one more Read more »

How Do I Get Ready To Start? –2015

Pub Date: Feb 27, 2015 | Columnist: William Kowalski, reprinted from WRITING FOR FIRST-TIME NOVELISTS, Practical Thoughts on the Creative Craft. Kowalski is a bestselling author and independent publisher

  I’m often asked by hopeful writers what they need to do to prepare to write a book. Beyond making yourself a pot of tea and kicking the cat off your office chair, nothing. The urge to write is a sacred call from the gods that must be heeded without fail. What usually follows immediately Read more »

Lisa Dale Norton

10 Ways to Prime the Creative Pump — 2015

Pub Date: Feb 27, 2015 | Columnist: Lisa Dale Norton

  10 Ways to Prime the Creative Pump by Lisa Dale Norton  March, 2015 “Have fun priming the pump. Then get to work writing your stories. “ —Lisa Dale Norton You haven’t heard from me in awhile. I’ve been in hibernation. Ever have one of those periods? I’ve been finishing a book and – let’s Read more »

Alexandra Monir, Columnist

The Novel Outline

Pub Date: Jan 30, 2015

  The Novel Outline by Alexandra Monir  February, 2015 Authorlink proudly welcomes this Randomhouse author as one of our regular columnists! “I had a 50-page outline for my first novel, Timeless, before I began Draft #1 . . .” —MONIR One of the first things we authors determine when starting a novel is if we’re Read more »

Warren Adler

Pen or Computer: Which is Better for Creativity?

Pub Date: Jan 30, 2015 | Columnist: Warren Adler, Special Guest

Guest Column by Warren Adler, Reprinted with Permission February 2015 For writers of the imagination, what we fear the most is a disruption, a blockage, a sudden dam that changes the course of the river of creativity. Back in the late sixties and early seventies when technological innovation began to creep into the public consciousness, Read more »

Alex McKechnie

Five Things That Allowed Me To Write Full-Time-2015

Pub Date: Jan 30, 2015 | Columnist: Alex Mckechnie, Guest Contributor

Reprinted with permission from Slightly Drunken Book Review Podcast by Alex McKechnieFebruary 2015 Depending on which publishing avenue you want to go down, there’s probably never been a better/worse time to be a writer. Traditional publishing is getting more and more conservative, taking less risks, publishing more of the same to stay safe. Indie publishing is Read more »

What Is Talent? Does It Matter?

Pub Date: Jan 30, 2015 | Columnist: William Kowalski, reprinted from WRITING FOR FIRST-TIME NOVELISTS, Practical Thoughts on the Creative Craft. Kowalski is a bestselling author and independent publisher

What Is Talent? My thoughts on talent have changed radically over the last twenty-five years. I used to believe you were either born with talent, or you weren’t. Now I see what a simplistic viewpoint that is. Like most attempts to force things neatly into one box or the other, it’s wrong. It misses the Read more »