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10 Essential Essays for Writers



On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process

Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer

Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert  - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start

Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”

Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.

Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.

That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.

A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.

The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write

Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”

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Tips for Writing Dialogue


Dialogue can be a tricky one. It needs to sound natural, read like speech but it can’t sound exactly like how your friends, or you, talk. What’s the balance? How could you improve your dialogue?

Real speech vs. written speech
You could compare a book and real life dialogue and…

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5 Mistakes Writers Make (and How to Avoid Them) |

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Millennials Are Actually MORE Likely To Read Books, Study Says

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The Plot Maker - Create a rom com storyline in five easy steps


As part of Women’s Month celebrations, let us turn our writing skills to love stories and have some fun this week. We all love a good romantic comedy—whether it’s Pretty in PinkBridget Jones’s Diary or Crazy, Stupid Love.

How to create a fresh new storyline in five easy steps. 

P.S. This will work for your next story, novel or screenplay. 

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