How To Write

A collection of our most popular BookBaby articles on how to write for both the pro and the novice author.

Writing Tip: Do Your Research BEFORE You Start

Research first before writing? That advice might seem painfully obvious, but many writers still seem to ignore the heavy research until they hit a stumbling block. Bad idea! Whether you're writing a cowboy romance or...
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Why Some Authors Should Use a Pseudonym or Pen Name

I've always wondered why authors (particularly genre writers) use pen names, and whether it's better to use a pseudonym or pen name, or if you should write under your real name. I asked all four "writers" (e.g., Jennifer) why she write under different pen names.

Book Breakthrough NYC Helps You Achieve Your Publishing Goals

What’s holding you back from sharing your message with the world?  Too many people end up pouring their heart, soul, time, and money into pursuing their publishing dreams, only to realize they're actually missing a...

Writers, How’s the Needle on Your Boredom Meter?

In a recent interview with Writer's Digest, science fiction author John Scalzi gave some great advice to writers: "Don't be boring!" It may seem obvious at the outset, but once you've written 10,000 words, it's...

Top 5 Tips to Starting a Writers’ Group

Running your own informal writing workshop can be a difficult but rewarding experience. It ain't easy to get a group of people together who are promising writers AND critical readers, who are honest but...

Live Like Your Favorite Author (at your own peril)

Teachers tell their students all the time: "Emulate the writers you admire." This advice is usually given as encouragement to try on different tonal and stylistic hats. But if you're feeling particularly brazen or self-destructive,...

MFA Programs: Good or Bad for Fiction?

Salon.com recently posted an article about the perennial debate concerning the value of MFA programs. (Click HERE to read the full story.) Mark McGurl claims the creative writing programs have resulted in "a system-wide rise...

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