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“Criticism – however valid or intellectually engaging – tends to get in the way of a writer who has anything personal to say. A tightrope walker may require practice, but if he starts a theory of equilibrium he will lose grace (and probably fall off).”
– J.R.R. Tolkien

This infographic created by EssayMama.com draws heavily from a 2012 blog post by Roger Colby that we’d highly recommend to anyone wanting further inspiration. Colby himself refers to The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien which was published in 1981 and edited by Humphrey Carpenter assisted by Christopher Tolkien.

J.R.R. Tolkien's 10 Tips for Writers

Tolkien was close friends with C.S. Lewis, with both men working in the English Department at Oxford University. A movie about their friendship is due for release in 2015. Read the advice Lewis shared with aspiring young American writer here.

 


This short example from Gary Provost demonstrates what happens when a writer experiments with sentences of different lengths, as quoted in Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark.

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“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.”
– William Faulkner on Ernest Hemingway

“Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?”
– Ernest Hemingway on William Faulkner

This infographic designed by Jan Diehm for The Huffington Post shows that even the world’s most celebrated writers aren’t above dishing out a good insult to their literary rivals. Hover over the arrows between the authors to see a cutting critique directed by one to the other.

 


Are you looking for your next great read? This infographic/flow chart from USC Rossier might be able to help. It covers some of the best fiction, non-fiction and children’s titles released so far this century and was put together using bestseller lists from Amazon and Goodreads.

The graphic’s origins have perhaps resulted in some biases (we would have loved to see more Australian titles included for example). What books do you think are missing? Share some of your favourites from the past fourteen years using the comments field below.

Best Books of the 21st Century Infographic

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When you publish a piece of writing in a magazine or literary journal, the editor will commonly ask for the ‘first rights’ or similar to reproduce your work. This infographic from Brian Scott at freelancewriting.com explains some of different rights agreements that writers, particularly freelance writers, may encounter.

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Back in May 2013 we shared Understand the Key Book Publishing Paths, an infographic from Jane Friedman,  former publisher of Writer’s Digest and the current web editor of Virginia Quarterly Review. Jane has just released an updated version of the infographic that we have posted below.

The Key Book Publishing Paths Version 2

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Below are the website links to the popular tools and services for producing e-book files, and to the valuable tools and assistance, as mentioned in the bottom section of the infographic:

Popular Tools & Services for Producing e-Book Files

Valuable Resources & Assistance


This infographic comes courtesy of lovereading.co.uk and highlights the most popular books sold and translated throughout history. It includes number of editions, number of translations and units sold.

The Most Popular Books of All Time

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