The Long Walk

Libbie Grant
Useful advice for writers and aspiring writers, from a bestselling author.
Created 27 Jun 2021
  • Write to Market, or From the Heart?
    11 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    Hello, friends! It’s great to be back from my MUCH-NEEDED vacation. This was the first time I’d gotten away from home since the pandemic started and it felt great. My brain feels freshly scrubbed and ...
  • Poetry for Prose Writers
    25 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 1
    Following on from last Friday’s essay, today I want to show you some examples of poems using rhythm, sound, and multiple meaning to create dramatic emotional effects—and doing it all with an economy o...
  • Walk Through Any Door
    21 Sep 2021 • 11 min read • 5 3
    Hello, everybody! Happy Monday. I often get ideas about essay topics for this newsletter by lurking on Twitter, observing the things newer writers on that platform are most worried about. And lately, ...
  • Poetry for Prose Writers
    18 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 1
    Oh my gosh, you guys. I realized late last night that it was Friday and I hadn’t put out my essay yet. I seriously spent the whole day thinking it was Thursday, and thought I still had plenty of time ...
  • I'm Not an Impostor and Neither Are You
    13 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 5 7
    When I started asking my subscribers what topics they’d like to see me cover, lots of you suggested impostor syndrome. I wasn’t sure how to approach the subject, since I’ve never suffered from imposto...
  • More Meditations on Prose
    10 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Rich, beautiful, memorable writing is up there among my top 10 favorite things in the entire world. It might even be in my top 5. The elegant wordsmithing of authors like Richard Adams and Orson Scott...
  • Prose Is Important
    06 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 5 2
    Happy Monday! Today I’m going to discuss the secret sauce that makes an author’s work memorable and distinctive… prose. Many writers—especially newer ones—are suspicious of prose. They’ve been told so...
  • How to Analyze Your Genre's Market
    03 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 1
    Hi, all you beautiful paid subscribers to The Long Walk! Welcome to the very first paid-content-only edition. I’m so grateful to you all for feeling that my advice is worth paying for, and I’m really ...
  • Theme: Your Best Friend
    31 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 3 2
    I know a lot of my subscribers have read my how-to book on outlining, Take Off Your Pants! Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing, and I do address theme pretty extensively in TOYP. If this is ...
  • Procrastination for Authors
    28 Aug 2021 3 5
    I am up to my neck in copy edits right now, so today’s essay is going to be a short one! I’m afraid it’s also going to be another pill that might be hard to swallow for a lot of writers out there. But...
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