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  • Along with providing a glimpse into the human psyche, ghost stories through the ages often feature the afterlife activities of notable historic figures—including some authors! According to this article found by Writer’s Relief on the History website: “The author Mark Twain is believed to haunt the stairwell of his onetime Village apartment building, while the ghost of […]

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  • When you’re trying to find a literary agent to represent your novel, memoir, or other nonfiction book, Writer’s Relief reminds you to be careful: Just because a literary agent raves about you and your book, doesn’t mean he or she will be a good agent for you. So how do you know which agents are […]

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  • Submit To Our Review Board DEADLINE: Thursday, October 19 Now accepting short stories, essays, poetry, and books! For brave readers, October is the best month to enjoy the works of classic horror novelists like Stephen King. We think teens (and adults!) searching for a scare will love these lesser-known books too! But be warned: Some […]

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  • A writer’s natural love of words can lead to wonderful reading and interesting writing. But sometimes, a logophile’s good intentions to introduce the world to unique vocabulary can backfire. Is it time to put away your dictionary and revert to a middle-school word list? Writer’s Relief explains why you might want to avoid uncommon words […]

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  • Readers here at Writer’s Relief love this Huffington Post article from author Holly Robinson with its inside look at the truth behind how big publishing houses design their cover art. Holly dishes on marketing forces and personal preference. “As a contemporary fiction writer with New American Library/Penguin, I provide a synopsis of the book to […]

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  • Have you ever tried to accurately describe to a non-writer what it’s like to have a mini attack of writer’s block, or to stare at a blank computer screen? You might have thought…there should be a word for that! Well, here at Writer’s Relief, we think so too. So we’re celebrating Dictionary Day by thinking […]

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  • Introverted Zeke, a budding biophysicist, and extroverted Marion, an aspiring humanistic psychologist, meet while in graduate school in Texas in 1957. They find the differences in their disciplines and temperaments provocative and enticing, and the young men are immediately attracted to each other. Zeke and Marion are soon inseparable, and after graduation they both accept academic jobs in Califor...

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  • Self-editing is a tricky skill: Not only does it require technical know-how, it also demands that writers understand their own emotional obstacles. Writer’s Relief has written countless articles about craft and technique for revisions: Today, we’re looking at the way a writer’s state of mind can affect the revision process. 7 Questions To Ask Yourself […]

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  • Self-publishing is an avenue open to all writers, which is why Writer’s Relief has a Self-Publishing Relief division to help interested authors navigate the process. And now, this article from IndieReader.com about the largest survey of self-published authors to date has shed some light on what makes a career in self-publishing work: “According to the […]

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  •   Once upon a time, book banning (and book burning!) involved books that were considered too dangerous for children or adults. But these days, books that are banned tend to be those written for young adult and child readers—not for adults. What makes discussions of banned books interesting is that the dialogue is, essentially, a […]

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  • When books are made into movies, most bookworms (and all of us here at Writer’s Relief!) lament that the films rarely reflect the best aspects of the original material. And according to this article in The Guardian, when authors and Hollywood producers go head-to-head, the author loses: “After Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Roald […]

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  • Literary journals always have been and always will be a staple of the writing community. While there are currently hundreds of journals, both online and in print, at Writer’s Relief, we’re reminded of what Toni Morrison famously said: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you […]

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  • Writing prompts are a great way to brush the dust off your creativity! These autumn-themed writing prompts will bring a burst of crisp, fresh inspiration to your writing. Browse these visual writing prompts, then try one or all! Writer’s Relief would love to read what you write in the comments section! Just be aware of publishing […]

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  • The query letter experts at Writer’s Relief work with novel and memoir writers to craft effective letters that stand out in literary agents’ slush piles. And we often see writers including things in a query to a literary agent that shouldn’t be there. Here are our tips! Writers: Don’t Include These 11 Things In Your […]

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  • Writer’s Relief learned that programmers and scientists at Facebook recently shut down an experiment in artificial intelligence because of something we take for granted every day: the ability to create and change language. The computers apparently decided English was inefficient and slow—and so they began to construct a new, cleaner language to communicate: “Some wonderful […]

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  •  Autumn arrives this month, and the temperature is getting cooler—it’s the perfect weather for curling up with a cozy blanket, a cup of hot cider, and a great book! From powerful prize-winning fiction to hilarious celebrity memoirs to books that have film adaptations being released soon, here are five books that we here at Writer’s […]

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  • Though it seems every generation bemoans the failings of younger generations, some English teachers are particularly concerned about today’s students’ abilities to convey their thoughts. Writer’s Relief has learned that according to the National Assessment of Education Progress, three-quarters of 8th and 12th graders lack basic writing proficiency. What to do? Here’s what one teacher […]

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  • In the “old” days of book publishing, there was really only one way to get a book published to reach large audiences. But now, there are so many paths to publishing a book that the choices can be dizzying. Here’s an overview of your book publishing options! Writer’s Relief Helps You Choose Your Path In […]

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  • You may have noticed some people using regard and regards interchangeably—and it makes your inner grammar geek shriek as you clutch your well-worn copy of Elements of Style. Then there’s the common confusion about when to use in regard to, in regards to, or as regards. While these phrases are often pooh-poohed as overly formal […]

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  • Two hundred twenty years ago today, English novelist and short story writer Mary Shelley was born. Shelley is best known for her iconic novel Frankenstein, which has captured the imaginations of generations of readers and inspired numerous television, film, and stage play adaptations over the years. In honor of Mary Shelley’s birthday, and in the […]

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  • Submit To Our Review Board   DEADLINE: August 24th Now accepting short stories, essays, poetry, and books! When you’re scrolling through your email inbox and see one rejection after another, getting an acceptance may seem like finding a needle in a haystack. Sure, you know that rejection is a big part of the process of […]

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  • Submit To Our Review Board   DEADLINE: August 24th Now accepting short stories, essays, poetry, and books! Whether you’re spending these unofficial “last days of summer” out on the beach or simply basking in air-conditioned comfort while doing a bit of couch surfing, you can still enjoy a great book about the great outdoors. After […]

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  • National Tell a Joke Day is here once again (we wouldn’t kid you!), and we’re celebrating here at Writer’s Relief by putting together a list of classic one-liners attributed to well-known authors. They’re not all jokes about writing, but they’ll still put a smile on your face! Laugh-Out-Loud Quotes From Our Favorite Literary Figures “Laugh […]

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