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These posts include comments about the development of the novel, some background information on characters, and other insights into the novel.

Writing Tools: Equipment and Software

There are many excellent programs available these days that are useful for writing books. This article provides recommendations, the favorite choices of our writers, depending on the writing project (i.e., technical manuals or novels).

posted: jan 22, 2018;  words: 873;  readers in past month:  1018;  read more...

Writing Your Life Story

Many people who say they want to be a writer, often say they want to write about their life. If that’s the whole story, they probably shouldn’t. But if they truly want to be a writer, there is something they can do with their life story.

posted: dec 19, 2017;  words: 1141;  readers in past month:  341;  read more...

Remembering the Point

When writing a chapter of a non-fiction book, it’s easy to get lost in the details and forget the point you’re trying to make. It’s also common not to see the reader’s perspective. This will lead to a confusing chapter.

posted: nov 30, 2017;  words: 614;  readers in past month:  936;  read more...

How to Write a Novel, Part III (Planning)

When a writer is timid about writing a novel, isn’t sure how to write so much text, he will decide to write an outline, to plan the chapters. This is not a good idea: it stifles the creativity.

posted: oct 28, 2017;  words: 584;  readers in past month:  882;  read more...

How to Write a Novel, Part II (Writing at Length)

Writing a few hundred pages of a story may seem very difficult to do, but it’s actually something most people can do easily if they understand how to approach it. In fact, many people do something similar verbally without realizing it.

posted: sep 19, 2017;  words: 884;  readers in past month:  883;  read more...

How to Write a Novel, Part I (Getting Started)

The task of writing a few-hundred-page novel can be daunting. Many writers can’t imagine they can do it and don’t know how to start. But it’s not too difficult when you understand what you’re doing.

posted: aug 23, 2017;  words: 675;  readers in past month:  890;  read more...

Books for Writers

Below are a few books written that we recommend for writers — especially new writers. Click on the book cover image to go to a site where you can buy it.

Concise Oxford English Dictionary

This dictionary contains over 240,000 words, phrases, and definitions, providing superb coverage of contemporary English, including rare, historical, and archaic terms, scientific and technical vocabulary, and English from around the world.

On Writing Well

The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, first published in 1976, has sold almost 1.5 million copies to three generations of writers, editors, journalists, teachers and students.

The Sense of Style

This entertaining and eminently practical book is for writers of all kinds, and for readers who are interested in letters and literature and are curious about the ways in which the sciences of mind can illuminate how language works at its best.

Writing Tools

Organized into four sections: Nuts & Bolts, Special Effects, Blueprints for Stories, and Useful Habits, it’s infused with more than 200 examples for journalism and literature. Accessible, entertaining, inspiring, and useful for every type of writer.