Inspiration

Video Book-Coaching Session with Jennie Nash

I’m so excited today to be able to share with you this 30-minute video session with book coach Jennie Nash, and to be part of a special offer she’s extending to readers of Write It Sideways: a free week’s trial of her new book-coaching program, Author Accelerator. Jennie and I first connected years ago when […]

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Stop Asking Yourself If You Have Writing Talent

Today, I’m over at the award-winning blog Writer Unboxed to discuss writing talent and whether or not it’s an innate ability or a skill to be developed. Here’s a short excerpt of the post, “Do I Have Writing Talent?” You’re Asking the Wrong Question: Hemingway. Austen. Dickens. Woolf. Carver. We know these names well, these masters of […]

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What Charlotte Brontë Taught Me About Writing

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Today’s post is written by regular contributor Benison O’Reilly. I like to mix up my fiction reading—commercial versus literary, classics versus contemporary. A year or so ago, I decided to tackle Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. Mrs. Gaskell, as she was simply known, was a contemporary of Charles Dickens and the novel has been described […]

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Can a Foreign Language Enhance your Writing?

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Today’s post is written by regular contributor Sarah Baughman. If you’ve read Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, you’ll know—regardless of what you think of the narrator’s morals—it’s full of rich language: literary allusions, elevated diction, alliteration, detailed and unusual imagery, and wry humor. Nabokov handles his rather sordid subject with a linguistic sophistication any writer would admire, […]

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Cynthia Morris: Why Books Can Take So Long

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Debra Eve.   Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail inspired Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 last year. But Cheryl took her famous hike in 1995. Wild was a bestseller fifteen years in the making. David Guterson wrote Snow Falling on Cedars over […]

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‘Story Is a State of Mind’ Review + Free Bonuses

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Today’s article is written by Suzannah Windsor. Have you ever wondered what the difference is between your average published book and the ones that go on to receive accolades? The type of books that have gold stars and big-name blurbs on the cover? I think I know now. About a year ago, I discovered Canadian […]

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