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Warren Adler

The Art of Remembering Your Entire Life

Pub Date: Jul 6, 2015 | Columnist: Bestselling author Warren Adler

A Writer on How Memory Is His Greatest Asset I have been asked repeatedly how one can avoid the memory blocks that so often plague older people. As a novelist in my 87th year, I can attest that memory is the key to writing. Everything that happens in the life of a human being is stored somewhere Read more »

William Kowalski

Trouble Staying Motivated

Pub Date: Jul 1, 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

Many hopeful writers have told me they’ve gotten a story well under way, but were perplexed to find that they ran out of steam before even hitting the halfway point.  They just couldn’t bring themselves to work on it any longer.  They ask me why this is, as if I am some sort of physician Read more »

Lisa Dale Norton

Grounding Your Memoir in Space & Time

Pub Date: May 29, 2015 | Columnist: Lisa Dale Norton, author and gifted memoir editor and developmental writing consultant

  by Lisa Dale Norton  June, 2015 I’ve read thousands of manuscripts and worked with hundreds of writers over dozens of years in myriad venues, and the one habit all but the most practiced of memoirists fall victim to is lack of attention to the space/time continuum. “. . . the one habit all but Read more »

Warren Adler

On Rejection and Renewal: A Note to Aspiring Novelists

Pub Date: May 29, 2015 | Columnist: Warren Adler, author of War of the Roses, turned hit movie

Reprinted with Permission, June 1, 2015   You’ve spent months, perhaps years, composing your novel. You’ve read and reread it hundreds of times. You’ve rethought it, rewritten it, and revised it, changed characters, dialogue and plot lines. Writing your novel is the most important thing in your life. It has absorbed your attention, almost exclusively. Both Read more »

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 »