No Nonsense Writing Advice from Folks Who ‘Know’

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When you put yourself out ‘there’ as a writer, when you lasso the title of ‘writer,’ inevitably you are asked your opinion. You are also confronted by a litany of folks who make excuses. Now, I’m not adverse to the excuse bit. I hear and speak them daily. But what I’ve discovered in my brief [….]

You Are What You Eat

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There are many axioms that get tossed around writing advice columns and beginning writer’s workshops.  Show, don’t tell is a big one, as is Avoid -ly adverbs.  While these are good and useful, they’re really only pertinent to the actual process of writing.  Just as there is more to being a professional athlete than the [….]

Inspirational Quotes from Writers You’ve Actually Read

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It would be a superlative world if the collective “we” would fess up. We’ve done posts before that were meant to inspire. We’ve quoted some of the most beloved, some of the most “important” writers in history. But let’s face it — not every “great” writer has been read by the masses. We wish that [….]

Traveling Light: Unpacking a Story

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So there I am, in a small hotel between the Costa Brava and Sitges, once again unpacking the bag I’ve carried through France and Spain. It’s been five weeks, and by now the contents are painfully familiar: five t-shirts, two pairs of shorts, and various smaller items, including an excellent pair of sandals purchased on [….]

It’s a Jekyll and Hyde Thing: My Pursuit of the Written Word

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The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.”       – Vladimir Nabokov The act of writing is a strange beast. A creature to love and to loathe, quite often at the exact same time. It can [….]

Brutally Honest Writing Advice That You Should Be Following

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Being a writer isn’t always an easy gig. There are moments of struggle, of invented blocks that we use as an excuse to procrastinate and there is the thrilling, relieving seconds when a story is complete and we’ve finally wrote the two most beautiful words in the English language: The End. But to get to [….]

The Most Common Phrases in ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ and ‘Twilight’

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From Flavorwire: Ben Blatt of Slate decided to see what adjectives, adverbs, and sentences pop up most in the popular young adult series Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter. Twilight is, to no one’s surprise, superficially glittery and “wrapped in emotion.” J.K. Rowling has a heavy “reliance on suspense.” Blatt noticed an interesting pattern in [….]

Opportunities for Midwestern Writers

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If you’re a writer from the Midwest, or who writes about the region, take note. the museum of americana has announced it will publish a special Midwest-themed issue. The online review, which features Americana-themed prose, poetry and art, will produce the issue in conjunction with Quiddity International Literary Journal.  The collaborative project will comprise the [….]

Practical Advice for Beginning Writers

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I’ve been writing since I was a kid. (That’s a very long time. I’m old, y’all). Being a published writer has always been my dream. I can’t, in fact, remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer. The difference between that little girl all those years ago and the woman writing this [….]

Diverse Worlds Grant Opens Doors for Underrepresented Writers

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From the Diverse Worlds Grant’s crowdfunding page: Science fiction and fantasy fans are a diverse bunch of people: male, female, black, white, Asian, Hispanic, gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, cisgender, queer, with and without disability; from all classes, geographical regions, and backgrounds. Especially now, when speculative fiction has taken over pop culture, and some of the [….]