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The Deep Dark Places Where Ideas Lie

By Cate Holahan<p><i>Where do you get your ideas?</i><p>The question is a favorite at mystery conferences and most novelists—myself included—cobble together an …

Books

Harvard’s Amanda Gorman first youth poet to open Library of Congress literary season

Harvard University sophomore Amanda Gorman is the first youth poet to open the Library of Congress’s literary season, The Harvard Crimson reported.<p>On …

Poetry

The Shape of Emptiness

His mother dies three weeks before the end of the quarter. A boy, a good student: he emails me to tell me the news, asks permission to be absent. Of …

Authors

Show Don't Tell: How to “Tell” When You Can’t “Show”

The standard rule is this: “show, don’t tell.” Instead of <i>telling</i> your reader that Jane is “sad,” <i>show</i> the reader by describing Jane’s demeanor, her …

Writing

The books

Fashion Blog

How Journaling Can Help You Stop Worrying

Can’t stop worrying about an upcoming event or a big life change? Journaling about your anxieties may increase your chances of success, says a new …

Writing

10 Deliciously Dangerous Poetry Books

In 1644, poet John Milton famously wrote, “[Censors] rake through the entrails of many an old good author, with a violation worse than any could be …

Literature

Conferences and Residencies Database | Poets & Writers

Cassis, France<p>The BAU Institute offers residencies from July 24 to August 21 for poets and fiction writers at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, …

Creative Writing

Random Name Picker

Random Name Picker is a free tool from Classtools.net. This game can be used to select students for class discussions, presentations, or group …

eLearning

10 Lessons To Learn From Prominent Writers

How To Learn How To Write<p>Myself, I daydreamed about creating and publishing a novel from my early childhood. What does it take?<p>We deal with academic …

Writing

Story Structure Examples: Repetition and Variation

A well-structured story is satisfying to read, as independent parts feel cohesive and related. Read a definition of story structure, followed by …

Writing

5 Strategies for Writers to Market and Monetize Their Work and Expand Their Audience

As an indie author, there are so many tools and strategies you can employ to grow your audience and even monetize your work. Below are 5: videos, …

Social Media Marketing

How to Construct a 3D Main Character

Have you ever read something and about 50 pages into it, you’re just not feeling the main character? You’re either not invested in her conflict or …

Writing

An Author’s Checklist: 9 Techniques For Crisp, Powerful Revisions

Great writing comes from revising.<p>I’ve heard that phrase, or some version of it, countless times. I completely accept the fact draft one is just the …

Writing

A Literary Lovers' Guide to London and Beyond

Dive into local legend in London or make a pilgimage to the birthplaces of your favorite writers.<p>London and its surrounding cities and countryside are bucket list fodder for book lovers longing to walk in the footsteps of Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, and J.K. Rowling. Whether you want to hit …

London

Vintage Inspiration: Using Old Postcards To Jump-Start Your Stories

Even the most prolific writer sometimes struggles with what to write next.<p>Oh, sure, you might have notebooks full of story ideas, characters …

Flash Fiction

A Simple Solution For When Your Story Hits The Wall

This is a thing that happens sometimes:The story you’re writing drives top speed into a mountain and stops short in a ball of flames and crumpled …

Storytelling

A Pivotal Step to Get Past Your Fear of Writing

Have you ever had trouble finding the courage to call yourself a writer? Do you feel the calling, but have no idea how to proceed? That’s exactly …

Self-improvement

State of Freelance Writing 2017 Infographic by FreelanceWriting.com

Every year FreelanceWriting.com survey’s freelance writers to find out how we’re doing. Below is their infographic summing up their results. They …

Freelancing

The Book Smugglers: Five Things We Learned Starting a Short Fiction Program from Scratch

Nearly ten years ago, two <i>LOST</i> geeks decided to start a book review blog. They determined that together they would read the latest and greatest …

Publishing

Tin House is Accepting Unsolicited Submissions for 2018

“Tin House is an invaluable repository of fine American writing and American fiction, presented in a crisp and entertaining visual format.” – Stephen …

Publishing

3 Killer Lessons From Stephen King's Insanely Productive Writing Routine

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work."<p>Moviegoers flocked to the theaters this weekend to see Stephen King's <i>It</i>, giving it the third biggest box office opening of the year, according to Warner Bros.<p><i>It</i>, which follows a demonic clown who terrorizes children …

Authors

Win a Writer’s Retreat in Iceland

Iceland Writers Retreat is offering talented writers from around the world the chance to attend its April 2018 program for free. For this scholarship …

Iceland

How to Effectively Edit Your Writing in 7 Easy Steps

A step by step guide to polishing your work<p>Recently, I was talking with a friend who was overwhelmed by the editing process. How do you know when a …

Writing

50 Quick Writing Prompts

Are you stuck for something to write about? Maybe you're scratching your head trying to come up with a fresh idea for a personal essay—a narrative or …

Writer's Block

SUNDAY INSPIRATIONS: Ideas aren’t magical…

<b>SUNDAY INSPIRATIONS: Ideas aren’t magical…</b><p><i>Sunday Inspirations.</i> Send us your favorite quote, image, poem, idea … anything that has been helpful or …

Inspiration

How to Plot a Complex Novel in One Day

<b>Anonymous asked:</b> “Any advice for the crippling self-doubt with writing? I do short stories and I never think they’re good enough.”<p>Get ready for …

Authors