The shared feature of all great writers is that they make a contribution, which makes it the most important thing on your "to do" list as a writer.

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For laughs, scares, tears, and thrills, nothing brings out emotions and draws in your readers like the little details.

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Maybe there aren’t a million names for the different kinds of writers out there, but there are as many ways to write as there are people who write.

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This infographic lists books from 150 countries, inviting you to travel the world without leaving your living room. Of course, your favorite escape may not appear here, but that's the point. Throw a dart and pick a country, then open a book and explore.

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Whether you're an old hand or a newbie who is serious about learning to write, the advice is the same: dig in and get that first book out of you.

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My self-publishing advice: learn as much as you can about the industry before you get started, have some clear goals, and a plan on how to achieve them.

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"You don't give up writing," says Warren Adler. "If you're a true artist, this is your artistry. Keep writing, keep reading, and stay curious. When in doubt, write on."

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