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10 Terrible Stories By Famous Authors

Every now and then, authors become worn down by writing the novels that made them famous and take a step back to write something about which they’re …

Notes for Young Writers

<i>The following advice was sent to the creative writing students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, following a series of talks Ms.</i> …

Martin Stewart: 'The best stories are a bit strange'

Site member Patrick interviews Martin Stewart, author of stunning YA debut Riverkeep, about the fascinating origins of the book<p>It’s not every day that you find yourself wandering around a Glasgow suburb on the first day of spring walking an author’s dog. But such was the case when I met Martin …

Books

It's Not the Writing Part That's Hard

There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: It's not the writing part that's hard. What’s hard is …

Writing

10 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself As A Writer

• <b>Stop ignoring your instincts.</b> I often tell people that publishing is a cut-throat industry, and if you don’t have thick skin, you won’t survive. …

4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day

So if this year’s National Poetry Month inspires you to give daily poetry a go in your classroom, maybe even just for the month, consider these four …

How the number pi inspired a writing style

The number pi, which is celebrated with its own day on 14 March, has inspired “Pilish” – a fiendishly challenging form of writing. There’s even a Pilish novel. Give it a go yourself, it can be strangely addictive...<p>3.1415926535… Beautiful, isn’t it? The number pi has fascinated humanity for …

Writing
Writing

How to Use Life Experience to Write Better

by Guest BloggerToday’s guest post is by Reagan Colbert. Reagan is a Christian Fiction writer who also has a passion for poetry and songwriting. She …

Creative Writing
Creative Writing

Ilys is a clever app for distraction-free creative writing

There are plenty of minimalist, ‘distraction-free’ writing apps out there, but Ilys is by far the most distraction-free I’ve ever seen.<p>As the annual National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short) approaches, you might be looking for a tool to help you build up a longform piece of work. Ilys …

How to win a creative writing competition - top tips

Joe Craig, author of the Jimmy Coates spy series and judge of the National Short Story Week young writer competition, has some tips for budding young writers on avoiding common creative writing pitfalls and how to stand out from the crowd<p>Read The Promise, the winner of the National Short Story Week …

Creative Writing

10 Incredible Maya Angelou Quotes on Writing and the Creative Process

The first-ever documentary on Maya Angelou, the beloved author, poet, and humanitarian whose work spans the past 50 years, has launched a …

Higher Education

A Passionate, Unapologetic Plea for Creative Writing in Schools

<i>Some fiction and memoir programs are a waste of classroom time. Others sharpen students' thinking and provide them with unmatched insight. Good teachers know the difference.</i><p>ellichen/Shutterstock<p>"I'm not sure if eight-year-olds should be permitted to have death or murder references in their short …