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11 authors' strategies for overcoming writer's block

mashable.com – Monday November 9, 2015

Writer's block — an author's worst nightmare.

The dreaded lack of creative ideas and inability to produce new work has writers across the world trembling in fear.

Famed novelists F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ray Bradbury are just two of many creative minds that have suffered from this incorrigible mental block. And let's face it, if a writer tells you its never happened to them, they're probably lying.

Mashable compiled the strategies different authors use to overcome writer's block, which should come in handy since it's National Novel Writing Month.

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Writers on the pain of hindsight in publishing: 'It's like a bad breakup – you have to move on'

theguardian.com – Monday November 9, 2015

How do you let go of a book you’ve written? Viv Groskop, Sathnam Sanghera and others offer their advice for bouncing back from the post-publication blues.

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This Week in Fiction: Mark Haddon on Writing Stories as Complex as the Real World

newyorker.com – Monday November 9, 2015

Your story in this week’s issue, “The Weir,” is set in Oxford, alongside the Thames, near Wytham Woods. Why did you choose to stage such a sad event—an attempted suicide—in this bucolic terrain?

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday November 9, 2015

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Nature; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes poems, stories and essays about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focussing on nature's shaping influence. Accepts submissions from July to November. Submit by post, or by email with Word file attachments. See website for full details.

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What defines good writing?

blog.oup.com – Sunday November 8, 2015

What distinguishes good writing from bad writing? How can people transform their writing to make it more powerful and more effective? Are universities teaching students how to become better writers? In order to answer these questions and others, we sat down with Geoffrey Huck, an associate professor of the Professional Writing Program at York University.

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Sarah Waters, Ross Raisin, Adam Foulds, Andrew Cowan, Helen Simpson share writing tips, favourite books by young writers

thebookseller.com – Saturday November 7, 2015

The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writers of the Year Award has relaunched in 2015, and will recognise the best literary work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry by a British or Irish writer of 35 and under.

Here, past winners of the prize share their favourite books written by writers aged 35 and under, and their writing tips.

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Chicago authors share their No. 1 tip to writing a novel

chicagotribune.com – Friday November 6, 2015

November is National Novel Writing Month, a campaign that challenges would-be authors to write at least 50,000 words by Nov. 30. With that in mind, we asked local authors to share their No. 1 tip on writing a novel.

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Publishers open submissions for Author Day

thebookseller.com – Friday November 6, 2015

Publishers Pan Macmillan and HarperCollins, and the literary agency Peters, Fraser & Dunlop will provide authors with face-to-face advice and feedback as part of The Bookseller’s inaugural Author Day, taking place at 30 Euston Square on 30th November.

The three companies will run an open-submissions as part of the event. Authors will also be invited to submit unpublished manuscripts to editors and agents and spend 10 minutes each discussing the manuscript or publishing process.

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Top tips for young writers – from past winners of the young writer award

theguardian.com – Thursday November 5, 2015

How do you get started on a writing career? As the Sunday Times / PFD Young writer of the year award returns, we ask past winners including Sarah Waters, Ross Raisin and Helen Simpson for their top tips for young authors

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Middlebrow? What's so shameful about writing a book and hoping it sells?

theguardian.com – Thursday November 5, 2015

Reading the recent Sydney Review of Books essay, Could Not Put It Down, it’s difficult to work out who its author, Beth Driscoll, intended to insult the most: readers for liking middlebrow books, writers for having the temerity to write them, or publishers for bowing to the demons of commerce by printing them.

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