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How to Create a Plot From Nothing in 5 Steps

Many writers will tell you that the most difficult part about writing a story is the plot itself: what should you write? I have long believed that …

Writing

How a Month of NaNoWriMo Can Lead to a Lifetime of Better Writing

<b>by Grant Faulkner</b>When I first became a writer, I marveled at the magical worlds my favorite authors created—their lyrical prose, their riveting …

Authors

The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Bullet Journaling

Staying organized seems easy from afar. Write a daily to-do list, use a calendar, don't take notes on random scraps of paper: these suggestions sound …

Productivity

How to Give Great Writing Feedback

Although you can always come to Penmob for professional editing feedback, there’ll probably still be some scenarios where you swap work with friends, …

Writing

How to Pitch to Publications That Pay

Ain’t nothing wrong with wanting to get paid for your craft. If you’re new to the wonderful world of writing, it can seem like a far leap between you …

Publishing

Omit Needless Words: How I Learned to Write with Brevity

By Ryder S. ZiebarthVigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same …

Writing

How I Do It: Anne Rice on Writing Technique

Gothic novelist Anne Rice was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the author of over 30 novels. Her first novel, Interview with the …

Writing

A young poet for whom words are not enough

Harvard sophomore Amanda Gorman is the first person ever to be awarded the title of National Youth Poet Laureate. The 19 year old read one of her …

Poetry

Just Discovered: Ernest Hemingway's Earliest Known Short Story, Written at Age 10

Ernest Hemingway was a born writer, as seen in a newly rediscovered work by the iconic 20th-century scribe. As Atlas Obscura reports, Hemingway’s …

Literature

Danez Smith: My Grandparents Were the First Poets I Knew

For this next installment in a series of interviews with contemporary poets, Peter Mishler interviews Danez Smith. Danez Smith is the author of</i> …

Poetry

Hear Benedict Cumberbatch Read John Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale” and Other Great Works by Shakespeare, Dante & Coleridge

Would Benedict Cumberbatch have such ardent fans if he couldn't read poetry so well? Almost certainly he would, although his way with verse still …

Literature

Things to Avoid in a Cozy Mystery

<b>by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig</b><p>Believe it or not, there are ways to make cozy mystery writing complex. And I think cozies are fairly easy …

Writing

How to write a character unlike you

<i>Today we have a guest post, courtesy of ESL teacher Ethan Miller.</i>Character creation is a key element of writing a novel. Authors, knowingly or …

Authors

Finally, A Book Of Poetry For Kids Who Are 'Just No Good At Rhyming'

Who says poetry has to rhyme? Chris Harris — a writer and executive producer for <i>How I Met Your Mother</i> — had never written a poetry book or a children's book before, but he wanted to write something special for his own kids. So he created a collection called <i>I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other</i> …

Poetry

The platform announcer who reads poetry to commuters

A railway station announcer has been making a name for himself by reading poetry to commuters on the platform.<p>Tony Knight, who works for South Western Railway at Wokingham station in Berkshire, has been reading pieces from his childhood copy of Winnie the Pooh.

Poetry

What's the Value of a Writer's Notebook?

A <i>writer's notebook</i> is a record of impressions, observations, and ideas that may eventually serve as the basis for more formal writings, such as …

Authors

Writing Your First Book Is the First Big Step to Build Your Personal Brand

Get oriented to the task before putting pen to paper through self-assessment, audience targeting and relentless testing. Just like any other product.<p>If you want to be a better leader, get paid more or grow your business, then you need to build your personal brand. Almost nothing builds a personal …

Publishing

Poetry and the Revolution of Being: Jane Hirshfield on How Great Art Transforms Us

“Why ask art into a life at all, if not to be transformed and enlarged by its presence and mysterious means?… And by changing selves, one by one, art changes also the outer world that selves create and share.”<p><i>“Art is not a plaything, but a necessity,”</i> Rebecca West wrote in her stunning 1941 …

Poetry

Travel Writing With Anna McNuff

<b>Running across New Zealand is a tough adventure and in today's show, Anna McNuff talks about how writing her book about the journey was a completely</b> …

Inspiration

Tell a story in six words. Mystery writers dare you to try.

Brevity is the soul of wit. Shakespeare noted it; Hemingway perfected it. But a six-word story contest? Pen it, win it — or fail.Unfortunately, it’s …

Authors

A Review of Jennifer Sinor’s Letters Like the Day

By Debbie HaganThe other day, I came across a stack of letters, written in 1974, by my high school boyfriend. When I left for college, he stayed …

Artists

Animated map shows how cats spread across the world

You can find house cats on every continent except Antarctica. But that wasn't always the case. How did cats make it across oceans and into households worldwide?<p>The secret lies in ancient cat DNA, which a team of scientists traced back thousands of years. They report their results in a paper …

Cats

Some Tough Talk About Marketing Yourself and Your Writing

Here is the tough talk about marketing yourself and your writing: <b>If you don’t find a way to successfully sell your writing skills to people who want</b> …

Marketing

Revolutionize Your Writing with These 4 Editing Hacks

<i>When you're a new writer, you tend to compare your first draft with someone else's polished finished book.</i><p><i>But you can't compare the two because the</i> …

Writing

How to Edit a First Draft

So you’ve finished the first draft of your new novel. Now what?<p>I’ve edited half a dozen manuscripts in my writing endeavors, each one requiring …

Writing

The Tools (and 10 Execises!) to Improve Your Writing Voice

We hear the word “voice” a lot in appraisals of writing. The term can be confusing. You might hear, “Aden’s voice is just so original!” or “The voice …

Writing

How to use Instant Notes on iPhone and iPad

Want to write a quick note when your phone is locked? Use Instant Notes in iOS 11!Instant Notes is a new feature in iOS 11 that allows you to write …

iOS