Who Chekhov was, and why modern writers should care

Anton Chekhov. The short story writer named by nearly every great Western twentieth century writer as a significant influence, who shaped the modern short story as we know it, was this nineteenth century Russian writer. Writers of every genre should be familiar with the work of Chekhov because of the extent of his influence on […]

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Book writer tips: Killing writer’s block

Writer’s block can be discouraging, but it can also be beaten. By relaxing, moving or changing the form in which you’re writing, you can move past the block and get back into the swing of your novel. Read on for book writing tips for the blocked writer: Some writers argue that there’s no such thing […]

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What is purple prose? Definition, examples and how to avoid

What is purple prose? It describes sentences that are too mannered and stylized. The Oxford English Dictionary defines purple prose as ‘writing that is too elaborate or ornate’. How can you distinguish between good writing and purple prose? Read tips to avoid purple prose in your own work: 1. Understand the difference between purple prose and complex writing […]

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Editing tips from Raymond Carver

With two versions of American short story writer Raymond Carver’s collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Love available, we have a unique opportunity to compare the writer’s original work with the heavily-edited stories that made up the successful collection. We can learn lessons about how editing can alter a story as well […]

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Tips from Ernest Hemingway’s short stories

In novels such as For Whom the Bell Tolls and A Farewell to Arms and short stories including “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” American writer Ernest Hemingway explored such themes as restlessness, war, loss and death and became an enormous influence on modern literature. Writers of all genres […]

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How to make money from your e-book

Most writers want to make money from their e-books – if for no other reason than because they have spent many hours on it and nobody likes working for free! Many writers would certainly say that they write for their own satisfaction – but who doesn’t hope that their book could turn out to be […]

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How to distribute a self-published book

So you’ve written and published your very own book, bravo – but now you need to distribute it. Of course every self-published author knows this is the next step, after all, you haven’t just written for yourself – or have you?  Let’s assume that distribution is your next target – so where do you start? […]

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All you need to know about Library of Congress Registration

  Have you got a pen and paper? Ready to take some notes? Here’s what you need to know to register your book with the Library of Congress. In simple terms, the Library of Congress is the world’s largest library.  Housed on Capitol Hill in the United States it comprises the most detailed and comprehensive […]

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How to copyright your novel

Wikipedia aka ‘Big Brother’ tells us that copyright is a legal concept, giving the creator of an original work, exclusive rights to it. It could be images, poems, audio recordings, designs, movies … and your book of course. From your point of view, if you consider the blood, sweat and sometimes tears that go into […]

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Great tips for writing sex scenes

The writing of sex scenes has been turned on its head by the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy written by E.L. James.  The sex in her books though, as unconventional as it is, is the premise of the entire plot.  While this hasn’t detracted from it becoming a bestseller (quite the contrary!) it has been clearly […]

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