10 Writing Tips from the Masters for Memorial Day

10 Writing Tips from the Masters for Memorial Day

10 Writing Tips from the Writing Masters for Writing this Memorial Day Weekend

19 Twitter Tips for Authors + Others


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5 Tips for Any Writing Career

5 Tips for Any Writing Career

Lisa Brackmann is the critically acclaimed author of the Ellie McEnroe four novels, including Dragon Day–in bookstores August 18. Booklist, in a starred review, calls the new novel “a nonstop thriller, illuminating the Chinese police state in which ‘First they decide you’re a threat. Then they find a label for it.’ Top-notch international crime fiction.” […]

From Academic to Technical Writer to Debut Novel


Amy Reichert‘s debut novel, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, was released yesterday. It has a scrumptious cover, and some scrumptious reviews to go with it. Bookreporter calls it “a delectable novel,” and Booklist says, “well-developed secondary characters and detailed descriptions of the Milwaukee food scene will leave readers hungry for more.” A wife, mom, amateur […]

Ain’t Nothing Like Him Nowhere

My guy!

Writer Wins Love Lottery Because this is a writing blog, there is a writing angle here—perhaps the most important writing advice I can give anyone—but it’s going to be mostly about the smartest decision I ever made, which was to say “I do” 27 years ago today. I didn’t fall in love with Mac because […]

Wishful Thinking: Memoir vs. Fiction

Wishful Thinking Cover - fiction

This is how a literary friendship begins: on a train going in the wrong direction. My friend Kamy Wicoff and I first met at a lovely literary salon our mutual friend Marilyn Yalom hosts, but Kamy lives in New York and I’m in California. We reconnected again, though, when we were both speaking at an […]

1st BOOKS is hosted by MEG WAITE CLAYTON

New York Times-bestselling author of five novels, including the forthcoming The Race for Paris (August 11) and The Wednesday Sisters (a writing group novel). Essays for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Writer's Digest, Runner's World, and public radio.

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