The Nine Weird Writing Habits of Really Intense Writers. I found this video by author Jenna Moreci. Jenna is a young vivacious woman (and writer) who pokes fun at all of us writers. LANGUAGE WARNING: Jenna utters some naughty words, but she uses them in the right context and with great flair. I’ve outlined her Nine Weird Habits of Intense Writers below. You can watch the video at the bottom. Weird Habit #1 – Hygiene is… Optio...

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Here is an interview with bestselling author Nicholas Sparks. Many of his successful novels have been turned into successful movies. It’s interesting to hear a writer who has a lot of writing and a lot of commercial success under his belt talk about his experience. Like many of the other best selling authors I’ve heard speak about joining Hollywood, Sparks almost divorces himself from the process. He seems to have the ability to st...

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I’ve been a HUGE fan of Eckhart Tolle’s ever since the release of his first book The Power of Now. On nearly every page I’ve underlined sentences, I’ve highlighted those same sentences, I’ve starred the paragraphs those sentences are in. I couldn’t get enough of that book. It’s that deep. It’s one of the few books I’ve read that’s not only worth reading twice, but many times over. I s...

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I’ve read Paulo Cohelo’s best selling book, The Alchemist, countless times. It’s a story about a boy who finds a way to fund his pilgrimage and journey to see the pyramids of Egypt. Of course, there are many twists, turns and obstacles along the way. He even finds the proverbial treasure chest full of gold and in the most surprising, unlikely and ironic of places. It’s a spectacular book filled with Life wisdom. There i...

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Bestselling author Rick Riordan offers new writers 3 tips to kick their writing career into high gear. Riordan is best known for his first book in a series: Percy Jackson & The Olympians. In the video below, Riordan talks to a representative from Adolescent Literacy.  Adolescent Literacy is a a national non-profit organization helping parents and teachers of struggling teenaged readers and writers. Adolescent Literacy is an offshoot of the...

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In the video below, author Kurt Vonnegut, talks to an audience about storytelling. In very plain and simple terms (while writing on a chalkboard) he shows us the not-so-easy art of storytelling. The video looks to be from the 1970s, however, the information is relevant today. In fact, Vonnegut speaks to the story outline that EVERY SINGLE STORY since the BEGINNING of TIME has ever used. It’s true that storytelling is the most ancient for...

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Lee Child and Stephen King talk mostly about Child’s Jack Reacher series. Lee Child is thrilled people are rooting for his character Jack Reacher. So, he says he will continue to write the series based on the character instead of journeying forth with a completely new stand alone novel. Child is generous enough to mention one of Stephen King’s new books Mr. Mercedes. It’s the first in a trilogy of King’s Bill HodgesR...

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Two of the biggest selling fiction authors on the planet, Stephen King and John Grisham talk about writing and the publishing industry in the video below. They offer priceless tidbits about publishing their own books and licensing their books for movie rights. They even talk about the massive changes within the publishing industry, digitalization of books and how they sell fewer and fewer books each year. The authors speak in front of a large ...

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Renown international bestselling author Salman Rushdie spoke at the University of Virginia’s Humanities Festival on September 18. It was a sold-out show with the line up snaking around the theater and down the block. Click title to continue reading…

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Yield to Me
Poetry & Prompts / April 8, 2015

Yield to Me Some may say you are strong, so bold And some say that you are so cold But your heart has warmth to unfold I can feel it when you hold me I hear it when you sing to me So Yield to me now, Yield to me On the surface you seem so brave This is the way you must behave When your own heart you can not save And all you feel is doubt and fear You must know this my precious dear That Love is strong and Love is near So Yield to me ...

Why The Advice to Just Write is Just Wrong
Rants / April 4, 2015

Why The Advice to Just Write is Just Wrong Since I was a teen I’d been writing regularly. I kept diaries, journals, wrote poems, songs, short stories and any piece of an idea that came to me. I literally had binders full of these types of writings. Why? Because I had been told that to become a better writer I had to… just write. The only problem was, I WASN’T becoming a better writer. I’d open up a binder and ...

The 3 Sisters of a Bad Ass Outline
Rants / March 9, 2015

Check out this amazing SEO tool I use on this site! Click Here! The 3 Sisters of a Bad Ass Outline Do you often find yourself sitting at the computer creating the Next Great American Novel… just waiting for the next sentence to pop into your head? You’re not alone. For many, the act of writing is an arduous chore that saps the creative juice which motivated us to start in the first place. Well, here’s “The Sec...

Secrets Behind the Stone Wall
Poetry & Prompts / March 9, 2015

Secrets Behind the Stone Wall The Queen dazzled with red jewels at her throat High atop the ancient castle standing tall Looking down upon the fowl fettered moat What secrets must hide behind that grand stone wall Only the royal and the rich can have their way Cakes, fine wine, and concubines on a whim While woeful masses go hungry all day Sunday, one day, the fat thank God in a hymn Taxed heavily by those who hold all the power The ...

Rainbow Times
Poetry & Prompts / March 8, 2015

Rainbow Times I sit on bleached cotton under an azure sky dreaming the Dream that came true, shaded by fragrant pink blossoms I gaze upon endless leafy acres The horizon bleeds into the sanction of majestic steel mountains; Bays and chestnuts we’ve ridden a thousand times graze while the crimson barn you built stabs the landscape You saunter toward me wrapped in a carefree cloud wearing that loose white shirt and burnt sienna s...

Trumpet Faces
Poetry & Prompts / March 7, 2015

Trumpet Faces Having long lean necks and heads forth cocked Springing straight up from grass so green All staring ahead as if shell-shocked How do they know which way to lean? Crowned around with buttery petals And in the midst a jutting bloom Rich soil and fresh rain give them mettle Bend and drink in their sweet perfume Plants in sun hats on trumpet faces Calling out to all of nature Coinciding with baseball laces Spring has arrive...

Blue Thunder
Poetry & Prompts / March 5, 2015

Blue Thunder The mighty stallion stands so proud His true nature like soil unplowed Many strong men cannot subdue This great equine of silver-blue Then one morning with skies of gray As grizzled horsemen chat away One man’s young son chases a hen Into the blue steed’s private den The gallant head turned to explode Red nostrils flaring, his eyes glowed Danger deemed of imminent kind As the boy seemed to be confined Sensing...

The Stranger Inside
Poetry & Prompts / November 8, 2014

The Stranger Inside A Stranger comes out of the dark Black hat, black coat, his heart is black On me he wants to leave his mark I raise my head as he attacks With one single swipe of the knife My head is apart from my neck Now I am free from any strife Fresh start I have, my past a wreck. Please use any line from The Stranger Inside as a poetry writing prompt or use the poem in its entirety. If you do please credit the source with (p...

Armor in the Mist
Poetry & Prompts / June 8, 2014

Armor in the Mist Her femininity like mist Gives warmth and freedom to be kissed His strength like gold-plated armor Gives safety to his paramour A noble war we do engage When faltering worth impels rage The seasoning of the battle Gives one joy that will not rattle Your darkness shrouds the windowpane Brick upon brick your wall of pain Blocks the viewing of worldly sight So draw the curtains, let in light Trust on High and open your...

Pealing Bells of Peace
Poetry & Prompts / January 8, 2014

Pealing Bells of Peace Any line from Pealing Bells of Peace can be used as writing prompts. You can also use the poem in its entirety with a credit to the source. Thank you. A faint yet familiar sound calls As I rise on wings of angels It seeps through all erected walls Hark now, I hear the peal of bells It drowns my grief and clears my mind Floating high, my body, it rests And I return renewed in kind Peace as a medal, pinned to my ...

My Mother-In-Law
Poetry & Prompts / December 23, 2013

My Mother-In-Law Feel free to use any or all lines as writing prompts. Arrested by her own image, she taunted it With a come hither sashay and thrusting pout Daring it to jump out Of her gold encrusted… Everlasting Looking Glass Her silvery locks draped like Arctic Fox on pale shoulders Swathed in crushed obsidian velvet Trapping her feline curves Into libidinous submission Satisfied she looked bewitching She sucked the fire up...

Forgive to Forget
Poetry & Prompts / August 8, 2013

Forgive to Forget There are ghosts roaming in my attic Haunting me and making me sick My father’s face frightening still The bastard still lives up the hill My mother’s silent rage revealed All that she didn’t want to feel As I look back with guileless eyes My head it spins with ugly lies Problem child is a misnomer Those wounds made my spirit stronger My Life can still be grander yet If to forgive is to forget Let ...