Here’s a great article about some of the best nonfiction work from women writers. I plan to read one a day until I’ve gone through all of them.
One of my first editors a had a few catch phrases that were part of his everyday conversation. One he offered frequently was, “Done is good.” It was his reminder to meet deadlines. Jane Morrissey has put together a wonderful little post on finishing the first draft of your book (or poem or play).
Finish Your First Draft: 7 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block.
Warren Adler, author of The War of the Roses and other books, continues writing in his 80s. He credits his ability to a daily memory exercise. As I read his essay, it reminded me of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. I suspect it is never too early to make a ritual of remembering.
The Morning Routine That Enables Me to Keep Writing Novels.
If you need some quick inspiration, consider these tips from pros.
Writing Tips from 7 Acclaimed Authors | Britannica.com
If there are only a few basic plots to work from, retelling old stories would seem inevitable. Here’s an interesting discussion about the pros and cons of borrowing not just plots, but whole stories, cast and all.
Mythcreants » Five Rules for Retelling Old Stories.
A friend of mine told me about The Emotion Thesaurus a few weeks ago. I bought it immediately. My favorite parts are the physical descriptions of emotional responses. I haven’t used it yet, but I’ve been clicking through it (I bought the ebook) and I know it’s going to come in handy.
Sarah Winter: Writing Tips: The Emotion Thesaurus.
If you want to be a writer, you have to write. Drew Chial shares some of his tips for staying on task.
How to Write With Your Back Against the Wall | Drew Chial
Here is a completely different take on “Where do you get your ideas?” from another author who writes for children and adults.
Conversations With Literary Ex-Cons: Jack Gantos – The Rumpus.net.
Here’s some enthusiastic advice about writing a bestseller. My favorite pieces: It doesn’t have to be perfect, and get it done. It doesn’t have to be fiction either.
How to Write a Bestseller (Finally, the Truth of It!) | Positive Writer.
“Where do you get your ideas?” What writer hasn’t heard that question? Here’s Judy Blume’s answer about a couple of her many books.
Judy Blume: ‘I buried this story for 40-something years’