Curated Content For Writers

Links to useful information for writers.

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Content Curation color wheelHappy Friday, Story Empire readers! We’re wrapping up another busy week (and month) here at Story Empire. We would like to thank everyone who visited us on the RRBC Springtime Book and Blog Party yesterday!

But now it’s time to share some of our favorite links we’ve found around the Internet pertaining to writing, marketing, and promotion. P. H. shared a great video compilation and post this week of the struggles of book revisions, and Craig delved into incorporating memories in fiction. Check those posts out if you missed them, and peruse the other links we found for you. So without further ado…


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9 Tips for Writers from The Outsiders Author S.E. Hinton

More writing tips, this time from the author of one of my favorite books.

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SE Hinton FeaturedFifty years ago, Viking Press published S.E. Hinton’s classic The Outsiders, a mainstay in schools and a worthy novel on any young adult’s bookshelf. Part of the reason the book has stood the test of time, Hinton believes, is because readers still can relate to the emotions in the book.

In flipping through our archives, I found an interview with Hinton in the 2000 edition of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market, written by Anne Bowling. The interview covers Hinton’s writing life, and her switch from writing young adult to focusing more on children’s picture books, like The Puppy Sister and Big David, Little David.

Below, I pulled nine writing tips from Hinton’s interview that you can apply to your writing life:

Be patient with your release:

[The Outsiders] wasn’t an overnight success. It got some attention because I was so young, but the success of…

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20 Quotes About Writing

  1. I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose. – Stephen King
  2. It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way. – Ernest Hemingway
  3. If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter how you write. – Somerset Maugham
  4. It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly. – C. J. Cherryh
  5. Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer. – Ray Bradbury
  6. If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer. – David Brin
  7. Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen. – Willa Cather
  8. Half my life is an act of revision. – John Irving
  9. People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it. – Harlan Ellison
  10. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. – Barbara Kingsolver
  11. Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. – E. L. Doctorow
  12. Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good. – William Faulkner
  13. It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition. – Isaac Asimov
  14. Writing is its own reward. – Henry Miller
  15. Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences. – Anne McCaffrey
  16. All the information you need can be given in dialogue. – Elmore Leonard
  17. Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any. – Orson Scott Card
  18. All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary—it’s just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences. – Somerset Maugham
  19. Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up. – Jane Yolen
  20. If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write. – Martin Luther

25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member: Amber M. Founder & Owner of: A Not So Jaded Life Millionaire’s Digest Staff Team, Author, Successful Living and Writing Writer When George Plimpton asked Ernest Hemingway what the best training for an aspiring writer would be in a 1954 interview, Hem replied, “Let’s say that he should go out […]

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Opus Book Review

I am flattered to have been recently recognized on Opus Book Review’s Facebook page.

We are such a fan of author L.M. Nelson and her book series titled “Scrubs”. Thought we might share the outstanding cover art of her 4th book in the series, Center Stage, because it is outstanding, right? We are also very excited to hear about a new project she is working on and look forward to sharing it with you!

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As a matter of fact, why not share ALL of the fantastic new cover art for all of the books in author L.M. Nelson’s Scrubs series? We love her and think you will, too. Take a little time to get to know a little bit more about her and her work by checking out her website, https://lmnelsonscorner.wordpress.com/. The second book in the Scrubs series, Sand & Sutures and the one that I have had the great opportunity to read and review, was recently voted 2017 Texas Authors Best Medical Fiction book of the year and well deserved! If you have a few minutes, take a look at our review of Sand & Sutures on our website, https://opusbookreview.wixsite.com/opus. We are looking forward to reading and reviewing all the books in L.M. Nelson’s book series, Scrubs! Opus has also added a new Featured Indie Author series and L.M. Nelson has so graciously agreed to be our first Indie Author feature, so please keep a look out for that as well. I hope everyone is having a GREAT Saturday!

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Cover Reveal – Center Stage

Here it is. The long awaited cover reveal for Center Stage, the fourth and final book in the Scrubs series.

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Here’s an overview:

New York City—a thriving metropolis full of dreams. The bright lights of Times Square, the billboard posters promoting the latest musicals, and the theatre marquees up and down Broadway attract millions of theatre lovers every year. Lauren Hanson was no exception.

Prior to moving to New York, Lauren made every effort to make her dream of performing on Broadway a reality. She enrolled in dance classes, took voice lessons, and participated in various acting workshops. Now in her first year at the Juilliard School, she seeks to improve her craft and work her way into the professional world of musical theatre. A Broadway performer named Roger Zellers steers her in the right direction. His assistance becomes tainted, however, when a blast from his past tries to sabotage Lauren’s career. Harassment, lies, and openly violent threats make Lauren question Roger’s intentions.

While Lauren pursues the glamor of the Great White Way, Lauren’s twin sister tries to establish herself as a reputable choreographer. Having connections with Roger comes in handy when he asks her for a special favor. Through Roger, she meets other professionals, gains a new following, and finds potential love. But will her fairytale come true, or will her plans crumble to pieces in the hustle and bustle of New York City?

Author Confessions Round 31

Here it is, the final author’s confession post. Rather than pitching Center Stage, I’ll give a brief synopsis, which I DETEST writing, by the way.

Anyway, here it is.  Center Stagebook 4 in the Scrubs series.

New York City—a thriving metropolis full of dreams. The bright lights of Times Square, the billboard posters promoting the latest musicals, and the theatre marquees up and down Broadway attract millions of theatre lovers every year. Lauren Hanson was no exception.

Prior to moving to New York, Lauren made every effort to make her dream of performing on Broadway a reality. She enrolled in dance classes, took voice lessons, and participated in various acting workshops. Now in her first year at the Juilliard School, she seeks to improve her craft and work her way into the professional world of musical theatre. A Broadway performer named Roger Zellers steers her in the right direction. His assistance becomes tainted, however, when a blast from his past tries to sabotage Lauren’s career. Harassment, lies, and openly violent threats make Lauren question Roger’s intentions.

While Lauren pursues the glamor of the Great White Way, Lauren’s twin sister tries to establish herself as a reputable choreographer. Having connections with Roger comes in handy when he asks her for a special favor. Through Roger, she meets other professionals, gains a new following, and finds potential love. But will her fairytale come true, or will her plans crumble to pieces in the hustle and bustle of New York City?

23 Tips from Famous Writers for New and Emerging Authors

Great tips from great writers.

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member: Amber M.

Founder & Owner of:A Not So Jaded Life

Millionaire’s Digest Staff Team, Author, Successful Living and Writing Writer


1. “I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. And second, you need to read. You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. It’s the great writers who teach us how to write. The third thing is to write. Just write a little bit every day. Even if it’s for only half an hour — write, write, write.” ― Madeleine L’Engle

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