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 [….]

A Day In The Life Of A Writer

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From The Huffington Post: A writer’s life is not for the faint of heart. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to brew coffee, eventually change out of your pajamas, worry about your potential physical ailments, check e-mail AND seek moral support on Facebook. Oh, and actually sitting down to get some writing done [….]

A Few Things Emerging Writers Need To Learn

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Melissa Chandler with The Missouri Review published a great post on essential advice for writers. Here are just a few of her “10 Things Emerging Writers Need to Know.” Check out the full post here. You’re Talented, But Talented is Overrated. For better or worse, there is a sense of competition among writers. This happens [….]

Pen Names and Query Letters

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From the Writer’s Relief staff: There are a lot of reasons for a writer to have a pen name—from a difficult-to-pronounce (and therefore difficult-to-remember) last name, to switching genres, to privacy needs, and others. But you might be confused about just how far you should take it. Do you really commit to it and make [….]

Some Thoughts on Emotion in Writing

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I have this good friend who’s utterly obsessed with a certain band. Mostly, he’s into indie electronica bands, and this band is very new, but bonus: the lead singer is completely his “type”–tiny, cute, intellectual, unapologetically badass feminist.  He went to their concert in LA a week or two ago, and hasn’t stopped talking about [….]

6 Tips on Reading to Train the Writer’s Eye

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We love this post from LitReactor on training the writer: One of the most often repeated lessons for writers is the importance of reading. As Stephen King put it, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” However, reading alone is not enough. [….]

Writers: A Reminder That You Are Not Alone

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The folks over at SharedWorlds give writers a little bit of inspiration. Some days you just need a little nudge… a simple reminder that you’re not alone on this path you’ve chosen. Maybe you want help getting out of a plot hole or breaking through a block or you simply need to know that someone [….]

Writing Tips From John Steinbeck

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From The Atlantic: The Atlantic posted six writing tips from John Steinbeck—Pulitzer Prize-winner, Nobel laureate, love guru— culled from his altogether excellent interview it the Fall 1975 issue of The Paris Review. 1. Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for [….]

10 Writing Rules Courtesy of a Few Literary Legends

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Here’s what you’ll get a lot of when you “travel” in the same social circles as other writers: advice. Some of it is invaluable. I have personal experience with this since I am blessed by the amazing critique group I’m in. Those folks, who I met whilst participating in an amazing Cat Rambo workshop, are [….]