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Arrow as Muse

Historical romance author Lavinia Kent and I wrote a series of weekly articles on the television series ARROW for USA Today’s “Happily Ever After” blog. (You can read them through the USA Today archive.) We started in the middle of … Read more ›

How Not to Get Sued When Writing about Real People

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

A guide to avoiding law suits when writing about people you know, famous people, or any real people you want to turn into characters. Column by Ed Sikov Let’s say your childhood friend has become a blazingly successful drug dealer who specializes in crystal meth. Show More Summary

The Elephant in My Living Room

Therese here to introduce our newest regular contributor, Kim Bullock. If you’re a part of WU’s Facebook community, you’ll certainly be no stranger to Kim, who has long been a part of the Mod Squad there. Kim has also become a valued right hand for me here at Writer Unboxed, and as one of WU’s […]

Genre, Story Tips And Getting A Film Deal With Charles Harris

It’s always good to learn from industry professionals outside our direct area of writing. Today I discuss genre, loglines and getting a film deal with Charles Harris. In the intro, I mention some VERY exciting news! I’ve just hired my husband out of his corporate job to join the business and that gives me more […]

New Literary Agent Alert: DongWon Song of Howard Morhaim Literary

He is seeking: science fiction and fantasy, especially epic fantasy or high fantasy for both adults and teens. He is also interested in nonfiction, especially food writing, science, and pop culture. The post New Literary Agent Alert: DongWon Song of Howard Morhaim Literary appeared first on

Living in the White Space

2 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

As writers, we tend to focus so much on the words we sometimes forget it’s the white space on the page that makes them visible.   Without that expanse, the words would disappear.  It’s the same thing with life — struggling to write, to get published, can become our only focus, but it’s the experience […]

Traveling Back to Look Ahead at the Future of War

The two of us didn’t meet until we were in our 30s, but both grew up on a similar diet of science fiction, techno-thrillers and sprawling war stories. We’d prepare for summer vacation trips by getting a stack of books from the library... GIVEAWAY: August and Peter are excited to give away a free copy of their novel to a random commenter. Show More Summary

How descriptive audio works

15 hours agoArts / Writing :

John and Craig take a deep look at how descriptive audio for the blind works, with clips from Daredevil and an interview with a woman who does it for a living. It’s a fascinating form of writing, with many of the same challenges screenwriters face.

Why The Fck Aren’t You Reading Pascal Garnier?

15 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

So Why The Fck Aren't You Reading French Noir Master Pascal Garnier? Column by Keith Rawson Image via the Guardian Why The Fck Aren't You Reading? is a feature where the columnist spotlights a writer who has a dedicated following and...Show More Summary

France Sweeps Britain in European Quidditch Finals

15 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Watch on as muggles hop around on broomsticks during the IRL version of the fictional game. News by Raine Winters Image via The Guardian There are a lot of moments in Harry Potter that we’ll always cherish, but amongst them are the riveting scenes featuring the fictional sport of Quidditch. Show More Summary

Six of the Best Alternate Universes in Comics

15 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

The alternate universe is a classic trope in comic books. Let's take a look at some of the weirdest worlds our favorite superheroes have visited. Column by BH Shepherd Comic books have long been on the bleeding edge of science, no doubt because they can make things up without the need for all those pesky facts and evidence. Show More Summary

Divedapper Floats on Water With Natalie Diaz

At Divedapper, our new favorite summer time interviews-with-poets website, Kaveh Akbar spends a moment talking with Natalie Diaz. Diaz, Lannan-fellow, Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program Director, and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community, spoke with Akbar while floating in a tube on a river. Cool! From Divedapper: How are you? I’m good. […]

Boston Review’s Summer Reads Include Costume En Face, More

Boston Review has posted a handful of micro-reviews for their Summer Poetry Reads, looking at Gentlessness, by Dan Beachy-Quick (Tupelo Press); They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry, They Kill You Because They’re Full, by Mark Bibbins (Copper Canyon); Ban en Banlieue, by Bhanu Kapil (Nighboat Books); Wolfman Librarian, by Filip Marinovich (Ugly Duckling Presse); […]

PennSound Posts Edgar Lee Masters Audio

As we continue to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the Spoon River Anthology, we’re thrilled to see Chris Mustazza and the folks at PennSound bring out newly digitized audio recordings of Edgar Lee Masters. The recordings were made during two sessions in January and March 1934 by Barnard professors George W. Hibbitt and W. […]

Maxine Kumin Rocks Forward

Forward’s Julia M. Klein delves into Maxine Kumin’s posthumous memoir, The Pawnbroker’s Daughter, and characterizes Kumin as a poet who “would triumph over her terror and produce distinctive conversational verse drawn from everyday experience.”...Show More Summary

The Tortoise and the Hare

Start your story with “They told me seeing a turtle on your wedding day would bring good luck” and end your story with “Now I’m doing 10-20 in federal prison. Stupid rabbit.” The post The Tortoise and the Hare appeared first on

Thank You For Your Support. Here’s A Free Book.

Since I started writing I Wrote This For You in 2007, all I ever wanted was a chance to take what Jon and I were doing on the blog into the real world and turn it into something physical, something that could live next to someone’s bed or at the back of a bag, something that could be dog-eared and underlined and be given and received. Show More Summary

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Dodoitsu Winner

23 hours agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

This was a fun challenge to judge. First off, there were so many dodoitsu entries. Second, they’re all short, which means it’s kind of like poetic popcorn. That said, the competition was fierce. I had to go through several rounds of getting the list down to a top 10; there were 40 dodoitsu that made it past the first cut alone. Show More Summary

The Heartfelt, Unpublishable, Captivating, Shallow, Sound, Abandoned, Reclaimed, Worthless, Most Excellent Potential Novel

Eight years ago I sat down to write a novel, because my knees are lousy, so I couldn’t do it standing. The book’s setting is San Francisco, and its inciting incident is the earthquake of 1989, which flings together—in often unseemly ways—three characters who otherwise would have remained on the periphery of each others’ lives. […]

Is there a library in your ebook’s future?

I came across an article at ALLi, a blog for independent authors, about three services that might enable you to place your book in libraries. Two of the services provide payment for authors, one does not. Why would you want...

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