Putting ideas into words.
We’re here to help you bring your ideas to life, learn where you can best use your skills and how to continually refine your writing style.
Polished: A Novella Concept Story
All royalties donated to NOSTIGMAS
Putting ideas into words is a writer’s greatest thrill. He or she will never pass up the opportunity to weave together strings of words to craft an elaborate storyline, regardless of the form. Songwriting, just like writing prose or poetry, takes the process a few steps further, adding a musical element to the mix.
This week we sat down with Jacqie Brooks, fashion/beauty enthusiast, editor and fellow lover of words, to talk about a genre of storytelling we haven’t covered here before: songwriting. Read more
By day, Olivia Zimmer, 23, is an English teacher living in Incheon, South Korea, far from her cozy hometown in northern Illinois, USA. By night, she’s an aspiring writer, like so many of us. But her chosen path to developing and refining her skills is one you may not have heard of before. Read more
Finding time to write, and writing well, seems impossible for some. For others, it just becomes one of many challenges that make life worth the busyness. For today’s featured writer, it’s a talent turned hobby turned success story. School, work and writing go hand-in-hand, and busyness is just a minor side effect that comes with putting good ideas into well-crafted words. Read more
Does your tech basically control your whole life? If your answer is no, I don’t believe you. You will, nine times out of 10, stop writing in the middle of a paragraph to respond to a text message. You will gladly open up a new Google search without finishing your thought, because you “need to look something up for your story.” And all those desktop notifications for your apps … they’re great! Until they aren’t. Read more
How do we train ourselves to be more productive, as writers? Writing productivity, unfortunately, mostly ends up being about quantity when quality is really the ultimate end measurement. We have to have a body of material to work with before we can focus on quality, though, so in many ways this order makes sense. If you actually manage to get a ton of writing done in a reasonable time span, that is. Read more
Last year, I finally finished writing a novel I had been working on for almost three years. During that process, I scrapped everything I had already written and started over. That first completed rough draft has been sitting in a folder on my computer ever since. Since the day I finished writing it, I have not looked at it once. Read more
All aspiring writers, in some form or another, deal with something early on in their writing careers that can only be described as “doing a whole bunch of writing that nobody ever gives a crap about.”
It’s so normal it’s painful. So first of all, if that’s how you’re feeling right now, let out a much-deserved sigh of relief. Because you’re definitely not alone. I’ve been there. Many other Novelty readers have been there, or are struggling to stay afloat there now. Read more
One of an aspiring writer’s biggest struggles is balance. It’s a difficult thing to achieve, because there are no set recommendations for writers to follow to figure out when, how much and how often to write (if only …). You would love to be able to write from the moment you get home from work until you’re too tired to function … but most of the time, you can’t. Or don’t want to. Or you procrastinate. Or all of the above. Read more
I have a favorite author. John Green is the kind of writer I would love to be. He is clever and cultured and knows his young adult audience so well you sometimes forget he’s almost 40 (sorry, John).
I admire him on a deep, creative level, as I’m sure many writers do. But that’s sort of where it ends. A long time ago, I’m sure I compared myself to other writers all the time. “I wish I could write like …” or, “I can’t believe she has so many fans.” Read more