writing resources

TheRightMargin’s Writing Resources – August

We’ve compiled a reading list of some of the best writing resources and articles we’ve read this month on:

  • Writing and editing
  • Publishing advice and contest considerations
  • Encouragement for finishing your writing projects

So load up your reader and get ready to get your Learn on this weekend! Enjoy.

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Drunk Writers

6 Famously Drunk Writers who put Hemingway to Shame

“I began to think vodka was my drink at last. It didn’t taste like anything, but it went straight down into my stomach like a sword swallowers’ sword and made me feel powerful and godlike.”

— Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

There has been some evidence to suggest that famous writers in our past may have imbibed to improve and even spur the fine craft of writing. We all know some famous drunk writers, specifically the white male American authors, who shall remain unnamed (we don’t need your SEO cred, Hemingway!) because surprise surprise, they’re all you read about if you Google ANY variation of ‘famous drunk writers’ listicle. But what about other, less well-known literary drinkers who believed in a stiff drink to cure any sort of writer’s block?

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inner critic

3 Nagging Questions Keeping You from Writing — And What to Ask Yourself Instead

Most people who sit down to write must first contend with their Inner Critic: that super helpful part of our brains tasked with reminding us how much we suck. But there’s another voice in there that gets in the way of creativity, and sometimes it can harm our writing lives even more than the much-maligned Inner Critic.

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Using motivation, conflict, and stakes to improve your novel’s scenes

Writing good fiction is a lot like making a sword. You can read about it, watch someone do it, and handle a thousand beautiful, perfectly made blades – but until you smelt the iron, forge the sword and shape and sharpen the blade yourself, you can’t know how to do it. 

Fiction takes practice, and working within a single scene is among the best places to hone your skills.

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How to return to your writing routine after a long break

Unintended breaks from writing – long and short – happen. Writing and productivity experts will tell you that strict adherence to routines and word counts are the only ways to find the gold at the end of the writing rainbow. But life happens, and sometimes you wake up and find it’s been weeks (or, gasp! months) since you’ve written.

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