The Giving Season: 8 Practical Gifts for the Writer in Your Life

The Giving Season: 8 Practical Gifts for the Writer in Your Life

If you’re looking for a gift for the special writer in your life, you can skip the funny T-shirt or the coffee mug with a motivational quote this time. Most writers need practical things that won’t cost you a dime and earn you endless gratitude.

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Top 10 May-December Relationships

Top 10 May-December Relationships

Bogey and Bacall. JFK and Jackie. McQueen and MacGraw. These famous couples had wide age gaps. Add to that list Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the Filipino actress Isabel Rosario Cooper, whose romantic affair in the 1930s broke all taboos. In this article, I rounded up 10 of the most captivating May-December relationships over the years.

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Top 8 Benefits of Attending the San Francisco Writers Conference

Top 8 Benefits of Attending the San Francisco Writers Conference

Unlike Tony Bennett’s famous song, I didn’t leave my heart in San Francisco. I met new friends and found renewed hope while attending the 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference (SFWC). The event offers many benefits. Let me focus on the top eight advantages.

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Top 5 Blog Posts: Prologues, Literary Snobs, & Unagented Submissions

Top 5 Blog Posts: Prologues, Literary Snobs, & Unagented Submissions

Time sure flies! Since this blog’s launch on Feb. 15, 2014, I’ve published 255 articles on writing, reading, publishing, books, and movies. The five most popular articles focus on effective prologues, signs of a literary snob, and publishers that accept unagented and unsolicited manuscripts.

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The Giving Season: 7 Gifts the Writer in Your Life Actually Needs

The Giving Season: 7 Gifts the Writer in Your Life Actually Needs

Need a gift idea this holiday season for the writer in your life? The spiffy journals and coffee mugs with literary quotes are nice, but skip them this year. If your writer is anything like me, he or she needs certain things many people don’t think about. This year, consider giving one of the following gifts.

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5 Reasons Why Reading is the Key to Writing Success

5 Reasons Why Reading is the Key to Writing Success

Want to be a writer? Read, read, and read some more. It’s the first requirement for writing well. Don’t take my word for it, take Stephen King’s. He said: “You have to read widely, constantly refining (and redefining) your own work as you do. If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”

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10 Takeaways from the 2017 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

10 Takeaways from the 2017 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

As a lifelong allergy sufferer who needs regular allergy shots, I can’t help but say that attending the recently held Writer’s Digest Annual Conference was a shot in the arm for me—as important (and more fun!) as my immunotherapy.  Let me share the top 10 things I learned from the event.

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