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25 Words of Encouragement for Creative Writers

For a new writer starting always seems tough. In fact, at the beginning, it becomes hard for them to figure out what to write exactly.<p>Writing has …

Writing

Five Exercises for Stronger Narrative Personality

Speculative fiction calls for a vast array of narrative personalities. A spec fic writer could be called on to write in the voice of a clockwork …

Writing

Why Second-Person Point of View Is Rarely Used in Fiction

Second-person describes writing that is from the point of view of a narrative onlooker who is writing about you, the reader: "You went to school that …

Writing

Craft Your First Story With This Creative Writing Reference Chart

There’s no shortcut to writing a great story. However, there are guidelines that can help get you started if you’ve never done it before. This chart …

Cool Stuff

My 25-Year Writer’s Block

People ask if I ever have a writer’s block. My answer is no although I did have one that lasted 25 years. That’s an awfully long time, but I put it …

Writer's Block

Secondary Characters: Their Purpose for Being

Blogger: Mary KeeleyAre you using your story’s secondary characters to their full purpose? They can make your book stand out from the crowd of other …

Fiction Writing

Book Marketing: Using Amazon Ads to Grow a Newsletter List

<i>In the last few months, I’ve been playing with Amazon Ads and they are a great way to get traffic to your books, resulting in more sales to targeted</i> …

Publishing

This Is a Poem That Heals Fish: An Almost Unbearably Wonderful Picture-Book About How Poetry Works Its Magic

“A poem … is when you are in love and have the sky in your mouth.”<p><i>“Poetry can break open locked chambers of possibility, restore numbed zones to feeling, recharge desire,”</i> Adrienne Rich wrote in contemplating the cultural power of poetry. But what is a poem, really, and what exactly is its …

Poetry

One Quick Writing Tip to Help Readers Connect With Your Characters

Today, I have an unusual writing tip for you.<p>See if these sound familiar:<p><i>A hand passed through my hair.</i>• <i><br>A foot slid past the puddle.</i>• <i><br>Her eyes flew</i> …

Storytelling

Writing a Murder Mystery: The Conflict Character

Today, I’d like to talk about what I’m going to call the ‘<i>conflict character</i>.’<p>As I’ve mentioned, the antagonist <i>as</i> antagonist doesn’t come ‘on-screen’ …

Storytelling

Got writer's block? Lin-Manuel Miranda has a playlist for you

If you’re afflicted with writer's block, “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda doesn't want you throwing away your shot — and he's made a Spotify playlist to help you put pen to paper.<p>The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright revealed his literary-themed playlist, titled "Write Your Way Out," on …

Writer's Block

8 techniques for finding and fixing errors in your writing

Mistakes are not necessarily an indicator of skill — or lack thereof. Certainly, a journalist who consistently makes factual errors is in need of …

Writing

How to gain traction as a new freelance writer

Being a freelance writer can be extremely hard work. It is rare that the work comes to you; often, you have to go find it. Part of the difficulty is …

Publishing

The secret history of Jane Eyre: Charlotte Brontë's private fantasy stories

The raw intensity of Brontë’s novel was unlike anything else when it was published in 1847 – apart from the wild, passionate fiction she began writing privately as a teenager<p>Before Charlotte Brontë unleashed Jane Eyre on the world, she was already – in secret – an accomplished fantasy writer. Her …

Literature

The Number One Tip for Freelance Writers from Han Solo

Shares 123<p>What do you think of Han Solo, the nerd-herder of Star Wars?<p>Maybe you gush about how awesome he is.<p>Maybe you insist: “He shot first.”<p>Maybe …

Freelancing

How To Use Webinars To Grow Your Email List Like Wildfire

Raise your hand if you’re a new blogger and you recently signed up for more free webinars than you can count on one hand?<p>That’s me and I’m not even a …

Growth Hacking

41 TOP WordPress Themes For Bloggers Writers (2017 Edition)

As a blogger, you put your heart and soul into creating perfectly crafted posts, eye-catching images, and attractive leads. It’s a lot of hard …

WordPress

Writing Contests in 2017 • Vetted and Curated by Reedsy

We found <b>61 contests</b> that match your search 🔦<p>Respond to one of Reedsy’s weekly writing prompt newsletters with a short story for the chance to win …

Publishing

American Contrasts: Poe and Emerson

It’s hard to imagine two more different temperaments than those of <b>Edgar Allan Poe</b> and <b>Ralph Waldo Emerson</b>, contemporaries who, even in their own …

Poetry

16 Spectacular Writing Tools That Will Make You a Better Writer NOW

Not everyone who is a blogger has studied writing or editing. However, if you are sharing your thoughts online, but can’t tell engaging stories …

Writing

My Short Story Writing Process – In 12 Easy Steps

<i>Thank you for the continuing enthusiastic response to our Short Story Challenge. It’s awesome. I have created a closed group on Facebook: 12 Short</i> …

Top 10 novels on rural America

From Marilynne Robinson to William Faulkner, these great stories are told from the margins of US life, but they carry profound resonance<p>I was in my early 20s when I first read Housekeepingby Marilynne Robinson. It was a summer day on my family’s mountain acreage in rural northern Idaho. I wandered …

Literature

How to Outsource to Boost Self-Publishing Success

If you’re a fan of the DIY philosophy, you probably feel that having something done right means that you must directly participate in every stage of …

Publishing

How the Welsh developed their own form of poetry

A world without poetry would be a dire thing indeed. From Dylan Thomas’s famous villanelle Do not go gentle into that good night to Shakespeare’s …

Poetry

Through the Writer’s Eyes: An Afternoon with Paulette Jiles

<i>By Jennifer Dwight | @jennifer_dwight | authorjenniferdwight.com</i><p>Paulette Jiles is a subtle woman with a penetrating gaze who chooses her words with …

Literature

How I Live and Work as an American Expat Writer (and You can Too)

I’m the guy you read about in the ads promising a lazy life overseas as you pen the next major novel.<p>The guy that works from any of the hundreds of …

Publishing

10 Ways to Make Your Blog Standout With a Beautiful Homepage

<i>There are affiliate links in this post. Click here for more information.</i><p>Do you want to make people say “wow, I need to connect with her or him” as …