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Motivation, Encouragement, And Inspiration For Writers
Writers: Let’s face it. Sometimes we could all use a little motivation, encouragement, inspiration, or support. Sometimes our prospects don’t seem very exciting. Sometimes we lose sight of what matters.
Writer’s Relief has created this page to motivate, encourage, and inspire you. We know the writing life can be tough, but this page can help. Here’s a free resource that offers:
**Motivation for writers
**Encouragement for writers
**Inspiration for writers
TIP: Bookmark this page so you can stop back whenever you need a pick-me-up. And of course, feel free to share with friends!
Words of Encouragement For Writers
Winners: 100 Words Of Encouragement For Writers. Our readers share kind sentiments of encouragement for writers in all genres.
In Your Words: Motivation For Writers. Our readers tell us what they do to stay motivated when they lose momentum or focus.
Instant Encouragement: Affirmations For Creative Writers—And How To Use Them. Encouragement for writers: Use these affirmations to keep yourself on track.
Make This Powerful Promise To Yourself—And Learn To Stay Motivated. This promise can keep you focused, energized, and inspired.
The Best Lessons We’ve Learned About Life And Writing. As we look ahead to more exciting opportunities for writing and getting published in the new year, we want to share the insights we’ve gained this year with you.
EEK! Writers: Is Fear Holding You Back? We’ve made it our goal to help our clients defeat the insidious monsters of the writing life.
6 December Survival Tricks For Writers. While we can’t promise to relieve all your holiday headaches, Writer’s Relief CAN help you develop a more effective, more efficient way to keep your writing on track and de-stress your hectic December.
6 Simple Secrets Of Famous, Successful Writers. While every writer has to find his or her own path to getting published, you might want to try adding these simple changes to your writing routine today!
Three Ways To Make The Power Of Gratitude Work For Writers. Your attitude can make you a better writer AND improve your career track.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Thoughts On Hope. We’ve compiled a few words of wisdom from Dr. King about hope, motivation, and achieving goals.
From Draft Despair To Publishing Deal: Famous Author Examples. Many best-selling authors have had to fight their way up from the bottom. So if the thought of another rejection letter has you discouraged, let these “overnight success stories” keep you writing!
8 Lessons For Writers From Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. One of the longest-running holiday specials, first aired in 1964, is the stop-motion animation film Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The story of “misfit makes good,” Rudolph offers life lessons for young and old—and especially for writers!
GIFs That Perfectly Describe The Writer’s Life! GIFs (Graphics Interchange Format), fun animated images, have taken over the Internet! Here are GIFs that perfectly showcase our wacky, fun, awesome writer lives.
6 Signs Your Writing Has A Good Shot At Winning A Writing Contest. While some “write off” contest entries because of the challenges of preparing contest submissions, it may be easier to win a contest than you think.
The 10 Most Awkward Things People Say To Writers. As writers, we’ve heard it all before: the comments and questions from well-meaning but oblivious friends and family. We know how you feel and we empathize!
Don’t Procrastinate! Use These 8 Tips To Get Your Writing Back On Track. Writers are especially familiar with procrastination, a close cousin of writer’s block. If you’ve detoured into I’ll-Do-It-Tomorrow Land, here are some tips to help get your writing heading in the right direction again!
Don’t Panic! 14 Quotes To Help You Keep Calm. When you have a deadline looming, or you received another rejection, or you can’t decide on the best cover for your book and time’s running out—the urge to panic may seem irresistible. Relax, take a deep breath, and regain control.
If Writers Were Cartoon Characters… As writers, we sometimes like to imagine ourselves as the embodiment of Shakespeare, or Jane Austen, or Stephen King. But let’s face it—the life of a writer is better represented by clever, kooky cartoon characters.
Inspiration From Athletes With The “Write Stuff”. You might think athletes and writers don’t have much in common. But there’s a lot that writers can learn about hard work, perseverance, and success from famous sports figures!
It’s Easier To Win A Creative Writing Contest Than You Think. If you think it’ll be too hard to win a writing contest, consider this…
14 Quotes From Famous Authors About The Work Of Writing. Here are quotes by well-known authors about the work that goes into good writing.”
What I Wish I Knew Before I Was Published. We asked a group of very well-published writers (our clients!) to share the ONE thing they wish they knew before they figured out what it takes to successfully get their work published.
11 Reasons Parents Make Great Writers (And Writers Make Great Parents). While you’re settling in to read a book (or six) to a child in your life, remember this: The skills that make you a great writer can also make you a great parent!
Stories From The Trenches: Real Writers Sound Off About Making Submissions. If you’ve ever felt lonely and forlorn when sending your writing out into the unknown, then these stories will make you laugh, scratch your head, commiserate, and maybe help you feel better knowing you’re not alone.
5 Things Our Writers Are Thankful For. From successes to positive learning experiences, here are the things our writers are most thankful for.
6 Life Lessons For Writers From Mother Goose. Although children may have been the original audience for these nursery rhymes, there’s wisdom to be found in these verses for adults too!
5 Authors Who Took 5 Years—Or More!—To Write Their Books. Check out this list of wildly successful authors who prove slow writing can be great writing!
Motivation For Writers: Positive Thinking
Stay Inspired: How To Maintain A Positive Outlook For Your Submission Process. Inspiration for writers: Use our techniques for a positive state of mind.
Writer’s Block Emergency Kit: Prepare To Survive And Succeed. Prepare now and you’ll be able to handle writer’s block when it strikes.
Photo Prompts: 2014 Academy Awards Best Picture Nominees. Get inspired to write by looking at captivating images from the films nominated for the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture.
Inner Motivation: Building Confidence In Your Craft. Motivation for writers can be about staying confident. If you’ve lost your footing, read this.
Writers: How A Little Patience Goes A Long Way Toward Success. Don’t rush yourself! Take it easy! Our article offers some perspective on how long it can take to reach your dreams.
Inspiration Alert! Raising Your Expectations For Success In Publishing. By imagining success, you may be more likely to achieve it. Inspiration for writers starts here!
5 Ways To Send Guilt A Big Fat Rejection Letter. Sometimes writers can feel guilty about taking time to advance their careers. If you struggle with writer’s guilt, read this.
5 Biggest Obstacles To Publishing Success (And Encouragement To Overcome Them). These five obstacles have derailed many a writing career.
Psyched to Write! – Overcoming the Transition Barrier. T. James Moore discusses writing phases and transitions as they relate not only to the beginning of the writing process, but to all the steps that lead to a finished work.
Which Famous Writer’s Personality Matches Yours? Take The Quiz! You might think your writing personality is uniquely “you,” but maybe you have more in common with a famous writer than you might suspect!
Writing: The Super-Secret Super-Vitamin for Adults AND Kids. Guest blogger Jenni Buchanan, the Reading Rainbow Mom, explains how writing regularly can help you and your child become happier, healthier, and smarter.
Surprising Ways Winning A Writing Contest Can Boost Your Writer Clout. The rewards of submitting to a writing contest can be even greater than a publication credit—the extra effort might yield surprising results!
Writers: How To Let Go Of The Pressure To Be Perfect. When the pressure to be perfect is overwhelming, try some of these encouraging techniques.
The Power Of Children’s Literature: Making The World Better One Book At A Time. Children’s literature might be written with the young reader in mind—but don’t think for a second that it’s simple, fluffy, or unimportant.
11 Things Dogs Teach Writers About Life, Love, And Success. Let’s take a moment to honor (wo)man’s best friend: Our clever pups with so much to teach writers about life, love, creativity, and success.
Motivation: Going The Distance
The 11 Fundamentals For A Long, Successful Writing Career. What looks like overnight success may actually take a few decades to attain. If you’re hoping to go the distance with a long, satisfying writing career, be sure to practice these fundamentals in your writing life.
Submission Strategy Hacks For Writers Who Hate Making Submissions. Writer’s Relief has been researching and targeting literary markets for our clients for 22+ years—and we love it! We know publishing industry insider hacks to get your work published.
Submissions: The Right Way To Dust Off Your Old Pieces. Your old submissions—those that you have already sent around but that did not find any “takers”—might just garner your next acceptance letter.
Never Too Old To Write? Many writers came to success later in life. If this isn’t motivation for writers, we don’t know what is!
A Few Short Minutes Of Motivation: Writing Every Day. Writing every day—even just a little—can help you stay motivated and inspired.
Inspiration Injections! Refilling Your Mental Gas Tank. Inspiration for writers can come in many forms, if you know where to look!
Find Inspiration: Jump-Start Your Muse… A great resource full of inspiration (and motivation) for writers.
Wasting Time: Procrastination Problems For Writers. Before you waste another second, read this!
Take A Leap: 5 Acts Of Courage To Get You Over The Publishing Hump. After your umpteenth rejection, feelings of frustration may begin to drag you down. You start to stumble and wonder if success will ever happen. How do you get over the hump?
The Waiting Game: How To Keep Calm And Carry On While Waiting To Hear From Agents Or Editors. While some literary journal editors or book agents can be very quick, some will take a year (or more!). So you must be prepared to wait…to stay calm…and to be patient.
Falling Out Of Love With Writing? How To Rekindle The Flame. A writing career is like a long marriage. Falling out of love with writing does not have to mean you’re heading for a breakup
5 Ways To Maintain A Positive Mind-Set About Your Submissions. It’s imperative that you stay focused, motivated, and enthusiastic when it comes time to implement your personal submission strategy.
Jealousy And Writers: Tips To Beat The Green-Eyed Monster. Jealous much? Yeah—it happens to the best of us. Here’s how to deal.
Procrastination: Don’t Put Off Dealing With It. The old adage usually rings true: Do the worst task first to overcome procrastination!
Writers: Resolve To Leave Your Baggage In 2012. Don’t let these ten things hold you back from writing!
The #1 Mind-set Trick For Writing Longevity (And Success). Write like it’s your job…even if it’s technically not!
Writer Self-Test: Are You Missing New Opportunities For Success? Take this quick self-test now to see if you are making the most of the opportunities you have—and are creating even more opportunities for success. How many can you answer “yes” to?
How To Switch Writing Genres Successfully! Writers often lock into one genre, whether by choice or by accident. If lately you’ve felt your writing is stale, switching genres can be a great way to successfully refresh your writing career—but only if it’s done correctly!
Prewriting Ritual: Boost Your Brain Power Before You Write Another Word. When prepping for a career as a writer, you’re in training the same way that a professional athlete is in training. But to get to the pro level, you’ve got to take your warm-ups seriously.
How To Improve Your Writing In Your Sleep…Literally. Without enough sleep, good health, good living, and good writing are impossible.
5 Tips On Writing An Amazing Author Bio If You’re Not Well-Published. Don’t worry—you don’t need stellar credits to have a stellar bio! Here’s how to focus on your strengths and downplay your shortcomings.
Why It Pays To Be A Nice Writer. In your career as a writer, it pays to be nice. Your attitude opens (or closes) doors. Professional courtesy goes a long way toward good relations in the industry.
Writers: How To Recognize (And Cope With) The Early Warning Signs Of Career Burnout. It takes time, hard work, and self-discipline to become successful, which can eventually lead to career burnout. Turn that writer burnout-frown upside down with these tips.
Five Signs You May Be Sabotaging Your Writing Career. Is your writing career suffering? Find out if you’re committing self-sabotage—and how to get back on track to success.
The “Write” Way To Enjoy Your Vacation! Whether you’re headed off to spend weeks in a far-off locale or simply planning to enjoy a long weekend not far from home, you can still keep your writing career moving forward.
Authors: What To Keep (Or Ditch) On Your Writing Desk. Some items will definitely help you write more efficiently and creatively—and others will ultimately distract you from doing your best work.
How To Find A Writing Mentor. A writing mentor can offer you the benefit of his or her experience by giving you advice and pointing you in the right direction. Here are some tips to help you approach a writing mentor.
The 6 Traits Of A Great Writing Mentor. Whether you’re an experienced writer considering guiding a newbie writer, or you’re a fledgling writer looking for a knowledgeable author to help you, it’s important to know what the best mentors offer.
10 Tips That Will Help You Stick To Your New Year’s Writing Resolutions. Keep the momentum going and stick to your New Year’s writing resolutions!
How To Stay Focused On Writing In A Multitasking World. Even though multitasking feels effective, research shows that dividing our attention between several tasks at once may not be very productive. So how do we resist the urge to multitask and instead focus only on our writing?
5 Time-Management Skills Of Smart Writers. Smart writers know the importance of making the most of their time. We know you’re busy—so let’s get to it!
5 Steps To Take When The Writing Gets Tough And You Want To Quit. Before you decide that your only option is to give up, try these simple steps to get back on track.
Publishing Industry Vocabulary, Lingo, and Slang Used By Publishers And Authors. Here are some basic—but important—book publishing vocabulary and literary journal terms you need to know.
You Got In! How To Land A Writing Residency. A writing residency offers writers time and space away from their everyday lives in order to focus solely on reflection and creativity. Here’s how to get one!
After The Writing Conference: What You Should (And Shouldn’t) Do Next. Some of the most productive work you’ll do won’t happen while you’re at the conference: It will happen when you’re back in your home office.
How To Attend A Writing Conference For Free (Seriously)! Want to go to a writing conference this summer but it’s just not in your budget? Before you pawn your favorite pens trying to pay the registration fee, you should know: You may be able to go to a conference for free.
5 Writing Career Warning Signs Authors Mustn’t Ignore. If you feel something is “off” and that your writing career has stalled—here’s what you can do to change your course and get back on track.
Writer First Aid: 6 Remedies To Fix Your Broken Submission Strategy. Here are the most common problems our clients had trying to make submissions on their own—and how working with Writer’s Relief was the cure for what ailed them.
Your December Action Plan: 5 Steps To Take NOW To Be A More Successful Writer In The New Year. There’s no better time than RIGHT NOW to prepare for a rewarding new year!
Writers’ Resolutions For A New Year. Why not take this opportunity to decide to strengthen your writing skills and achieve your goal of getting published in the new year?
Think Like A Champion: Six Lessons Olympic Athletes Can Teach Creative Writers. As creative writers, we can learn a lot from these motivated, goal-oriented athletes.
Writers: 10 Ways To Stay Sane When You’re On A Deadline. Sometimes it’s hard to remain calm when you’re facing a tight deadline. Here are a few tips to help you keep your wits about you.
Good Writing That Doesn’t Get Published: 5 Problems That Sabotage Your Efforts. Here are five common problems that can sabotage your success rate and the best ways to improve your odds of getting a positive response.
Words Of Wisdom: You’re Never Too Old To Write. Nowadays, guys and gals age 50+ are choosing to remain on the job and enjoy activities like hiking, gourmet cooking, travel, and—of course—writing!
6 Career-Killing Mistakes New Writers Make. The writers who learn from their mistakes and are willing to adapt, learn, and grow are the ones who will reach their publishing goals.
Steps To Start Your Own Writers Group. What if you want some face time with other authors, and there aren’t any local writing groups near you? What do you do? Start a writers group!
Inspiration For Writers: Great Idea!
Do You Dream In Paragraphs? Look to your dreams for inspiration for writers!
Writers: What To Do When You Get Stuck. A great read full of lots of motivation for writers who get tripped up.
Journaling For Inspiration. Keeping a journal is a great way to get inspired to write books, stories, or poems.
Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Become A Better Writer! You know the saying “write what you know”? We offer encouragement for writers and challenge readers to grow.
The Best Gifts You Can Give As A Writer. The Internet is chock-full of great gift ideas for the writers in your life; however, it’s not always easy to find gifts you can offer or create using your writing skills or connections.
Self-Test: Find Out Your Best Time Of Day For Writing. Have you ever noticed which time of the day you feel most inspired to write? This quick self-test will help you zero in on your best time of day to focus on writing.
7 Tips That Can Help You Win A Creative Writing Contest. Surprise!—some writing contests are easier to win than others, but only if you know how to put the odds in your favor.
Writer: When Copying Is Good For Your Career. With so much going on, it can be hard to maintain a creative state of mind. If you’re feeling distracted, and your ideas and enthusiasm for writing have dried up, consider taking this approach to stimulate creativity.
Ask Writer’s Relief: Should I Juggle More Than One Writing Project? Instead of completely dropping one book in favor of another, consider this: It is possible—and not uncommon—to manage several writing projects at the same time.
Writers: Here’s How To Organize Your Submissions And Documents In Three Easy Steps! The business aspect of creative writing submissions can be tedious and frustrating, but getting organized is key to managing your submission strategy effectively.
10 Book-Inspired Dishes Writers Will Devour. Have you ever read a description of a sumptuous meal or tantalizing tidbit that was so deliciously vivid, you could almost taste it? Now you can give some of those dishes a try!
6 Tips For Young Writers Who Want To Get Published. You may think that all published writers spent many years honing their craft. But some authors experience success while they’re young! So if you’re a young writer itching to see your work published, consider these tips.
Writers: Easy Self-Promotion Techniques To Toot Your Own Horn. Here’s how to talk about yourself and your accomplishments while networking—without feeling like a self-centered show-off.
5 Ways To Spice Up Your Book Club. The typical “everyone reads the same book” approach can eventually become humdrum and stale. Before you give up on your book club, try adding a dash of the unexpected!
Winter Wonderland Writing Prompts. Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but our winter-themed writing prompts are delightful! Let it snow as you warm up your writing skills.
12 Ways Getting Published In A Literary Magazine Can Boost Any Writer’s Career. Getting your writing published in literary magazines isn’t easy. But the effort is worth it. Literary journal publishing credits can enhance a writer’s career in countless ways.
5 Lessons For Writers From Winter Solstice Celebrations. As is true for other holidays, winter solstice celebrations can teach us writers some lessons about publishing, submitting, and being creative!
Winter Writing Prompts: Let It Snow! Use these frosty, winter writing prompts to freshen your writing skills!
The Purrfectly “Write” Way To Celebrate National Cat Day. There’s nothing more relaxing than cuddling up with a good book, a warm cup of tea—and a furry friend!
Make A Writing Goals Dream Board, And Make Your Dreams Come True! Making a dream board (also called a vision board or dream collage) can be fun, easy, and truly enlightening for writers.
5 Strategies You Can Use To Get The Most Out Of A Writing Prompt. You probably haven’t thought about writing prompts since the last time you attended an English class, but writing prompts can be a great way for new writers.
Turn Over A New Leaf With These Autumn Writing Prompts. Now that the lazy days of summer are over, it’s time to get back into the writing groove! Grab a glass of apple cider and find your inspiration in these visual writing prompts.
Let’s Talk: Writing Conference Conversation Starters. Attending a writing conference is a great way to network. But it can be hard to strike up a conversation in a room full of strangers, especially for writers. Use these conversation starters to break the ice.
Free Your Mind: Make The Most Of Freewriting. Amazing things can result when you let your mind run free!
Prompts For Winter Writing: Let’s Chill! Ready to warm up your creativity as the days get colder? Grab a blanket and a cup of hot cocoa, then check out these visual writing prompts!
Sit! Stay! Smile! National Dog Day: Proofreading Puppies And Book-Loving Beagles. Sometimes a writer’s life can be a bit “ruff.” Another rejection letter. Unrelenting writer’s block. Fortunately, there’s a supportive pal you can always count on: your loyal, loving dog!
8 Ways To Make Money With Your Short Stories, Poems, And Personal Essays. Poets and short story writers rarely fill their banks by publishing in literary journals. But there are some ways to make money on your work without sacrificing the quality of your writing. How much money you’ll make as a writer is up to you.
5 Tips For A Pain-Free Writing Submission Process. If you feel that sending out submissions is a big pain in the asterisk, we’ll tell you how to make the process almost ouchless!
5 Signs Your Creative Writing Is Relevant Right Now! Literary agents and editors at literary journals are constantly on the lookout for submissions that speak to the state of the world we’re living in now.
5 Thanksgiving Writing Prompts. Thanksgiving, built on family traditions and get-togethers, is sure to be filled with smiles, tears, and unforgettable writing inspiration. Jot a few notes for your next project using these Thanksgiving writing prompts.
10 Podcasts To Spark Your Creativity – Guest Post By Jenny Bravo. Are you struggling to find inspiration for your next great idea? As writers, creativity is our currency. Here’s one source of inspiration you may have overlooked—podcasts!
17 Ways Online Publications And E-Books Can Boost A Writer’s Career. With online journals, e-publishers, and self-publishing, writers have a greater opportunity to see their work published, and some have found recognition (even from literary agents!) by publishing their work online.
How To Find A Writing Contest That You Might Actually Win. If you’ve got the “write” talent and are willing to do some research and planning, you may have a decent chance at winning a reputable writing contest.
7 Ways To Find Writing Inspiration In Your Memories (Guest Blog!). Luckily, there are some tricks that might help jog your memory and give you some new (old) material to write about.
A Writer’s Playlist Part I: Start With Music To Jump-Start Your Creativity. One of the best ways to get yourself in the right frame of mind is to listen to music. In this article, we’ll explore music that moves you—physically and mentally.
Summer Writing Prompts To Heat Up Your Imagination. Summer is officially here! Turn up the heat on your creativity with these summery writing prompts!
Inspiration And Encouragement For Poets
Poetry: Finding Your Inspiration. Inspiration for writers is everywhere!
Poetry Writers Retreats: Get Inspired By Getting Away. Consider a writing retreat to boost your focus and your mood.
Poetry Is A Lifestyle Choice: How To Keep A Poetic Frame Of Mind. Poetry isn’t just about jotting down some rhymes; it’s about seeing poetry all around you, all the time.
Read Like A Writer! Reading Tips, Lessons, And Recommendations
Ten Classic Novels You Should Read Right Now. These pre-twentieth-century classics are lauded as profound, trailblazing, thought-provoking, socially relevant, and culturally significant.
Classic Books You Can Read In Just One Day. Browse your library, Kindle, or bookstore for these critically acclaimed, albeit short, novels…
5 Surprising Ways Reading Can Benefit Your Health. The next time you feel like your creativity has quit and your writing has wilted, reach for the remedy: your favorite book!
Reading Recommendations For Writers. Whether old or new, mainstream or off the beaten path, there is something exemplary, original, or innovative about the writing in these books.
International Literacy Day: Easy Ways YOU Can Help Promote Reading. International Literacy Day was created fifty years ago with the hopes of engaging the worldwide community in efforts to promote reading around the world. Here’s how you can help!
The Books We’re Most Thankful For. Reading the right book at the right time can change everything. When Thanksgiving approaches, we’re reminded of all the things we appreciate the most—especially books!
12 Book Characters We All Secretly Want To Be. Whether they’re absolutely wonderful or wonderfully wicked, some book characters stay with us long after we’ve finished the story. From the adventurous to the charismatic to the downright devious, here are a few book characters we all secretly wish we could be.
15 Unforgettable YA Books For Teen Read Week. Teen Read Week encourages teenagers to read for the fun of it. And, from older classics to contemporary teen books, we love Young Adult literature!
The Last Word: Great Last Lines From Literature. We put together a list of twelve of our staff’s favorite last lines from famous books. Some may surprise you!
10 Amazing Authors You Should Read Right Now! Contemporary literature offers us so many well-written books with unique, fresh perspectives on the world we live in, it’s hard to decide which one to read first!
Our Memorial Day Reading List: A Tribute To Those Who Served. In remembrance of fallen heroes, we’ve put together a list of some of the greatest books written about war.
5 Little-Known Facts About Judy Blume and Her Breakout Summer Hit. Whether you’ve already read and enjoyed Summer Sisters or are about to crack the cover, we bet you’ll enjoy these five fun facts about the book and its author!
4 Books With Interesting Summer Settings. Don’t have the time (or budget) for a unique summer getaway? No problem: Books can take you to interesting locales—and you don’t have to spring for airfare or fancy meals!
Our Favorite Frightening Literary Characters. Forget about well-meaning protagonists and heroes who save the day—when Halloween is almost upon us, we’re in the mood for the chill-inducing villains and monstrous protagonists we all love to hate!
19 Of Our Favorite Literary Love Stories. Ah, love—the inspiration for many great stories! In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of our staff members’ favorite fictional romances.
Ten Must-Read Memoirs. If you’re thinking about writing “the story of you”—or you’re just looking for a great read—here are some of our favorite memoirs to help you get started.
18 Bookish Valentines For Your Favorite Bibliophile. We decided to play Cupid and searched high and low on the Internet to find these well-worded Valentines that are sure to help you win the heart of any literature lover!
7 Winning Novels About Politics. The topic of politics lends itself perfectly to intriguing, insightful story lines. We’ve made a list of our seven favorite novels where politics is an integral element of the story.
The Pulitzer Prizes: 100 Years Of Honoring Excellence. Today, the Pulitzers are considered the highest national honor in the United States for literary achievements. They are administered by Columbia, and winners are chosen from the judges’ nominations by an independent board.
6 Olympic-Themed Books That Are Winners. These inspiring tales are about Olympic athletes who overcame incredible odds to take their places on the winners podium.
15 Literary Classics In 15 Seconds Or Less. Thanks to technology, the Internet, and social media, we’re fast becoming a society of speed readers! This fun article was inspired by the folks at Book-A-Minute.
Storytelling Strategies From Classic Summer Blockbusters. Some of the best films have been released during the summer months, and many of these films have nontraditional storytelling formats. As writers, we can learn a lot from screenplays of popular movies about how to tell captivating stories.
Onward, Writers! 5 Books That Focus On Perseverance. Here are stories that focus on perseverance and the triumph of the underdog: Some are based on real-life events, others are fiction.
6 Book Settings We’d Love To Visit. Books can take us many places. Whether they’re real or fictional, here are 6 book settings that we would love to visit!
5 Wonderful Winter Stories To Read Now. ’Tis the season to cozy up by the fireplace with a great book! With crisp, frosty settings, these stories are sure to enthrall and entertain.
Books About Social Justice You Should Read Right Now. Whether exposing racism, warning against too much governmental control, or discussing environmental issues, social justice can be a riveting force in a narrative.
Spring Fever: 9 Romance Plots We Love (And Secretly Want To Live Out)! We’ve put together a list of nine romance plots we here at Writer’s Relief love. (P.S. They’re not necessarily from romance books.)
Mark Twain: Author, Humorist, Holiday Wiseacre. While we don’t share his obvious disdain for the telephone, we’d like to share these interesting facts about Twain!
5 Ways Keeping A Reading Journal Will Change Your Life. Whether you read regularly or less frequently, odds are you won’t remember every detail of every story. Keeping a reading journal will let you revisit books you’ve read and use this information to inspire your own writing projects.
4 Memoirs About Pearl Harbor. Here are four memoirs written by survivors of this tragic event that ultimately brought the United States into World War II.
Ten Twentieth Century Novels You Should Read Right Now! All modern classics, each of these presents trail-blazing topics and worthwhile insights—worthy additions to any “must-be-read” list!
It’s Summer! Our Top 15 Beach Reads. While you’re smoothing on sunscreen and grabbing your flip-flops, hit the beach with one of these fifteen hot reads.
Celebrate Pride Month: 10 Amazing LGBTQ Books. LGBTQ writers, and the works they’ve produced, have long had a crucial role in the world of literature, and we’re happy to see that their voice in the literary community is growing stronger.
Gasp! These Books Were Scandalous In Their Day! It’s hard to believe that some of today’s most beloved classics were once considered scandalous—and were even banned! Fortunately, these stories are now recognized for their contributions to literature.
These 5 Sports-Themed Novels Are All Winners! Before you set out those Superbowl-themed snacks and put on your favorite team jersey, why not gear up for game day with a new read?
Veterans Day: Remembering Writers Who Served. Numerous writers have served their country during times of conflict, and their experiences inspired some of the most memorable stories in literature.
14 Authors Share Their Writing Wisdom. Imagine if you could have Fitzgerald, Chekhov, or Morrison mentor you and offer writing advice. Well, here’s the next best thing!
How To Flirt With A Word Geek: 25 Literary Pickup Lines! Pickup lines might not get you a date, but they are guaranteed to make you smile! We found fun, slightly cheesy, literary-inspired pickup lines to help you break the ice and melt some hearts.
Hallo-READS: Horror And Thriller Novels Reviewed By The Writer’s Relief Staff. CAUTION! You may not want to read these alone at night…
15 Best Libraries In America. Ah, libraries—a favorite haven of bookworms and writers; right up there with bookstores and coffee shops. Surround yourself with shelves stacked high with books—visit one of the best libraries here in the U.S.
Girl Power! 5 Must-Read Books Featuring Strong Heroines. Nowadays, smart, strong heroines are no longer waiting for their princes to come—they’re rescuing themselves!
7 Books You Should Read This Summer. Trying to figure out which books to read this (or any) summer? Check out these recommendations!
NaNoWrimo Pro Tips for Writers!
Writer: Are You A Good Candidate For NaNoWriMo? Every November, many writers stock up on energy bars, warm their coffee mugs, and gear up for National Novel Writing Month! Should you give NaNoWriMo a try?
NaNoWriMo Survival Tips For Writers. We have some tips to help you survive the rigors of NaNoWriMo and make it all the way to November 30 with your head held high.
Are You A Friend Or A Foe Of NaNoWriMo? Is all that “socializing” with your computer worth it? Or is NaNoWriMo like attending a party so wild that you end up keyboarding your novel with a lampshade over your head?
Setting The Record Straight: 5 Misconceptions About NaNoWriMo. Not everything writers believe about National Novel Writing Month is true.
NaNoWriMo: 7 Tips To Set Yourself Up For Success. We compiled a list of seven essential steps to adequately prepare yourself for NaNoWriMo—and the trials, temptations, and rewards that come along with it.
6 Ways To Incorporate NaNoWriMo Into Your Online Marketing And Promo! While household chores may fall by the wayside during NaNoWriMo, don’t neglect your online marketing and promotion—or the growth of your fanbase could lose momentum.
4 NaNoWriMo Books That Became Bestsellers. NaNoWriMo books never get published, right? Over 250 NaNoWriMo writers have been published traditionally.
Get Unstuck: Use These Tools To Finish Your NaNoWriMo Novel. If you want to reach your word count goals, you need a quick fix.
Tips For NaNoWriMo Withdrawal. Congratulations—you survived NaNoWriMo! Now it’s time to turn your bleary eyes away from the monitor, back away from the keyboard and rejoin the real world.
8 Signs That Your NaNoWriMo Novel Is Ready For Lit Agent Representation. How do you know if your novel is ready for submission to a literary agent or publisher? This handy guide can help.
4 Steps To Editing Your NaNoWriMo Manuscript. Once the elation of successfully completing a 50,000-word novel in a month wears off, you probably wonder, Now what? You’re going to need to edit and re-edit before your NaNoWriMo manuscript is ready to be sent into the world!
9 Alternatives To NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo isn’t for everyone! Here’s what to do in November…BESIDES write a novel.
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A Few Words About Rejection
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