Creative Spark: Aline Brosh McKenna

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10 Things Authors Are Doing Wrong (And 7 They’re Doing Right)

Source: 10 things authors are doing wrong (and 7 they’re doing right)

To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee is dead at 89 | The Verge

Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, has died. She was 89. Al.com reports that she passed in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. The cause of death has not yet been reported.

Source: To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee is dead at 89 | The Verge

Writing An Awesome Blurb Or Query

If you are a self published writer, this may be the most important video you will ever watch. It is not enough to write the book, you also have to get somebody to read it.

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How Long Is Too Long?

I’ve enjoyed both Rothfuss and Martin’s sagas, and will probably buy their next books on their publication date. And there are some other big-ass genre novels that look interesting, like Stephenson’s Seveneves and Ken Liu’s Grace of Kings. But I often miss genre books that don’t try to impress you with their size. That’s why my favorite fantasy from the last couple of years is Saladin Ahmed’s Throne of the Crescent Moon, which clocks in at a very tidy 288 pages in hardcover. Maybe not an epic, but certainly a fun read — and one you can definitely finish before bedtime.

via How Long Is Too Long?.

4 Marks of Good Writing

How can you tell if a piece of writing is strong? Whether you’re editing for a publishing company, working as a freelancer, or self-editing, correctly assessing the quality of the work is imperative. In this excerpt from The Editor’s Companion, Steve Dunham discusses four marks of good writing and how you can recognize them.

Read the article at 4 Marks of Good Writing.

Helpful Advice On “Getting Stuck” While Writing

What do you do when you’re in the middle of working on your writing, and you get stuck? And then you start beating yourself up, which only makes it worse. This happens to everybody — butSorry Please Thank You author Charles Yu has some terrific advice on how to cope.

Read at Charles Yus Insanely Helpful Advice On “Getting Stuck” While Writing.

In Which We Learn Margaret Atwood Is A Bad Speller

 

For the author, it’s not a question of sitting around and wondering what to write; it’s a question of deciding which of the “far-fetched and absurd” ideas she’s going to try to tackle.via Margaret Atwoods Creative Process – YouTube.

Are You Afraid To Be A Writer

 

Does creativity lead anguish? Are you okay with that?

Kickstart your creativity | Playlist | TED.com.