The Sport of Writing by Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor at the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest providing tips on how to start writing.

How To Start Writing

I have always known that I am a writer. With the kind of knowing you feel deep in your bones and emanates from the very core of your being. And as writers must do, I write. Although that wasn’t always the case. How to start writing…

A Different Kind of Writing Workshop

When L. Ron Hubbard initiated the Writers of the Future contest, he knew that there would be awards and publications for the winners. As Algis Budry, the first contest administrator put it to me, “He wanted to make sure that this helped launch new writers.

Prize Writing—Three Things to Know

If you think about it deeply, everything that you write is really for a competition. You’re competing for publication with other writers, for promotional monies from the marketing departments of various publishers, for literary awards, and of course for your reading audience.

Tell Me a Story by Larry Niven

I can’t tell you how to write, not in a thousand words. I’ve been telling what I know as fast as I learned it for twenty-two years. My collaborators now know everything I do. I’ve spoken on panels and published articles on writing. Is there anything left to say?

Analyzing What to Write

When you decide to write a novel, screenplay, or any tale at all, there are a number of things you should look at. In this article, New York Times bestselling author David Farland covers the points to analyze before writing a story.

Defining Yourself

In this post New York Times bestselling author and Writers of the Future coordinating judge, David Farland, talks about defining yourself as an author and how that can help.

The Long Road

New York Times bestselling author Dave Farland’s last post was on “giving up.” He brought up dozens of books that got rejected over and over again, only to finally sell and either win major awards (like the Nobel Prize) or make millions of dollars.


Writers of the Future Coordinating Judge and bestselling author, Dave Farland discusses why some stories just aren’t publishable and it usually narrows down to a few common mistakes.

Breaking into Comics

Julius Schwartz had a long and distinguished career both in science fiction and in comics. And in this article he gives his tips for writers and illustrators who want to break into comics.