Archive for the 'REAL WORLD' Category

Four Surprising Benefits to Letting Your Characters Take the Reins

Please welcome today’s guest, Andrea Lochen, author of two novels: her first, The Repeat Year (Penguin 2013), was praised by Kirkus Reviews as “an engaging, satisfying read that explores friendship, love and who we really are when it truly matters.”  A draft of The Repeat Year won the 2008 Hopwood Novel Award. Andrea’s second novel, Imaginary Things, […]

Great Expectations

In a twist of fate, former contributor MJ Rose sent an email this morning mentioning she had written a from-the-gut post that seemed right for WU. We had no post scheduled for today. The rest is history. Please welcome MJ Rose back to WU for a post on the after-pub blues, which comes on the […]

March Roundup: Hot Tweetables at #WU

  March came in like a lion and went out…like a lion. Was your writing month similar? (I know mine was, but then, I seem to be wrestling with lions all the time.) As for publishing, the hot topics swirling around this spring are BIG industry questions. How do readers discover books, or new writers […]

It Turns Out, All You Need to do is Write a Great Book

It turns out that all you need to do is write a great book. That’s right, you can skip social media, bookstore events, publicity, giveaways, and other complicated marketing plans. All you need to do is write a great book. Then wait. Wait for an agent to find you. Oh, so I suppose you will […]

We Are What We Write?

Kim here to welcome and introduce WU’s latest contributor, Therese Anne Fowler. Therese is the author of the New York Times bestselller Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and three other novels. She has a BA in sociology/cultural anthropology, an MFA in creative writing, and occasionally teaches writing workshops at North Carolina State University. Therese […]

Becoming a Better Writer in 2015, part 2

In December, I wrote about setting goals for being a better writer in 2015. As it is now March and we’ve had three months, it seemed a good time to check in. How are you doing? (If you want to check what you wrote, go to the comments here.) Leaving out my usual quantitative goals, […]

Interview: Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt

Today’s treat at WU has two faces—I wouldn’t be able to show you their hands, because they are typing too fast. Welcome to Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt of Sterling and Stone, the wide website umbrella that houses their “story studio” of fiction imprints, blogs and podcast. Together, along with their other partner David […]

A Trove of Trivial One Liners

My hard drive is kind of a treasure chest. I have so many half-developed ideas and stillborn stories (and such a bad memory for them) that every time I poke around in there I find something unexpected, surprising, and fun. That most of this has seen no commercial light of day is a natural function […]

How To Love Our Readers and Our Art: A Call For Author Ethics

Our guest today is Katharine Grubb—a mommy, homeschooler, novelist, baker, comedian wanna be, former running coward, author of a novel (Falling for Your Madness) and a book about how to write in very small increments: Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day will be released on March 26. Katharine was introduced to the topic […]

How to Win a Literary Feud

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. Every author strives for greatness. You’ll have to invest thousands of hours honing your craft and dealing with rejection, though, if you want to be mentioned […]