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How Poetry Quiets the ‘Pandemonium of Blab’

Poet Christian Wiman helps us tune our ears to silence, so God's voice won't be lost in the noise. If I could, I would give this review a flashing, …

In two new collections, poets write with insight about birds and baseball

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Janet M. Ruth of Corrales is a poet, a writer, an artist, a photographer, an ornithologist and a birder. What’s astonishing is …

Poetry

Want to be a better writer? Read poetry and lyrics

<b>The 2019 CBC Short Story Prize is open for submissions! You can submit your original, unpublished fiction up to 2,500 words for a chance to win</b> …

Writing

Friday Finds for Writers

Image description: wooden box filled with treasures/trinkets.<p><i>Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend.</i><p>The <i>Brevity</i> …

Rosh Hashanah

Brevity Podcast Episode #10: One-Minute Memoir

It’s been five months of exciting technical challenges since the last <i>Brevity</i> Podcast, but we’re back! This episode, we finally reveal the fifteen …

The Arts

Late Bloomers and Perennials

by Dorothy RiceFor many writers of a certain age, myself included, Allison K Williams’ recent <i>Brevity</i> blog, about the tremendous response to her tweet …

Career Development

What is a Preface? (and How it Differs From a Foreword or Introduction)

What is a Preface? (and How is it Different From an Introduction or Foreword?)<p>September 10, 2018 - Perfecting your Craft - Leave your thoughts<p>A …

Writing

How One Piece of Writing Make you a Top Writer

There’s so many beautiful writers on medium and around the world. There’s so many forums to write for. These days everyone has written an e-book or …

Creative Writing

On Essaying the Violence Against “Women These Days”

<i>Amy Butcher’s essay</i> “Women These Days,” <i>in the</i> Brevity<i> issue launched last week, was constructed from a series of Google news story searches using the</i> …

Essays

Writing Fantasy? Here’s How to Build a Vivid Setting

A fantasy novel with a lame setting is like a rock song played on kazoo. A strong setting adds richness and depth to your book that few other …

Poetry Prompt: The Alphabet—Letter Poems -

Any writer will tell you that one of the most paralyzing, put-a-halt-to-all-efforts games you can play is the Comparison Game.<p>“I don’t write as well …

Santa Fe

How Fiction Apps Are Changing the Way Stories Are Told

Telling stories has been an essential part of the human experience since the dawn of time. But the way we tell those stories has changed hugely along …

Apps

Review: Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot

Reviewed by Melissa OliveiraIn her debut memoir, <i>Heart Berries</i> (Counterpoint, February 2018), Terese Marie Mailhot reflects on the challenges of …

Books

New Anthology Series Seeking Submissions: Small town papers, small businesses and more

As Hippocampus Magazine and Books LLC grows its print division, we’ve created a new line of anthologies. We already have a collection of radio essays …

Small Business

Plot Points: A Storytelling Exercise

How to use plot points for creating stories.Today’s fiction writing exercise is an excerpt from <i>Story Drills: Fiction Writing Exercises</i>. This exercise …

What is a plot point? Find and plan clear story events

What is a plot point, and why is it helpful to think in terms of plot points? Read on for a definition and tips for making significant events in your …

The Writer's Guide to Wattpad: How Readers Fall in Love with Your Words

<b>by Benjamin Sobieck, editor of The Writer’s Guide to Wattpad (WD Books 2018)</b>On Wattpad: @BenSobieck<p>Wattpad works because it makes it easy for readers …

Writing

How to Write Mystery: 6 Ways to Create Suspense

Learning how to write mystery is easy when you understand the ingredients of mystery and suspense. Every good story has unknowns readers want …

Creative Writing

The First Step in the Writing Process is Prewriting

I have a very long pre-writing process where I’m jotting down ideas in a notebook and ripping out relevant newspaper articles — a long fact-finding …

Writing

Friday essay: the meaning of food in crime fiction

In English, we might claim we could “murder a good steak”. Italian and Spanish speakers might “kill for a coffee”, and Germans refer to acute hunger …

Books

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 451

For today’s prompt, write an other side poem. For some, the first thing that might come to mind is the afterlife. But the other side could also mean …

Creative Writing

10 Agents Looking for Science Fiction — NOW

10 Agents Looking for Science Fiction — NOW<p>Here are ten literary agents seeking science fiction. All are from established literary agencies. Make …

Clues, Evidence, and Red Herrings: Lead Your Reader Down the Mystery Path

When you write a mystery, you set up a trail for the detective to follow until he discovers the killer. The process is similar no matter what …

Creative Writing

Poem of the week: Spathes by Loretta Collins Klobah

Spathes seems to bind together the various aspects of women’s creativity alongside the symbolism of political regeneration<p>Spathes<p>I gather now dry-leaf spathes<br>that boys spear-wave<br>and sword-cross, float<br>into flooded gutters<br>like dugout canoes.<br>I arrange them on the wall<br>in peacock array. Hollowed<br>scoops …

Literature

'Close The Door Gently, Summer' - #WhisperingNeds 134 #SpokenWord #Poetry

Poetry

Top 7 Mistakes Writers Make When Submitting To Literary Journals | Writer’s Relief

Most literary magazine editors try to keep an open mind when reading submissions of poems, short stories, and essays. But writers who make common …

Writing

The 12 Best and Worst Things That Can Happen After Your Freelance Article Is Accepted

This article is excerpted from Susan Shapiro’s new book, The Byline Bible: Get Published in Five Weeks © 2018 from Writer’s Digest Books.<p>The …

Writing