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How much exercise do writers (and other sedentary types) need?

18 hours agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Writers and many other spend much of our days sitting down. We know we need exercise in order to stay healthy, but how much? Science Daily reports a study from the University of Cambridge that suggests the magic number is...

What’s the Story Here? Creative Writing Excercise

20 hours agoArts / Writing : Write to Done

It’s time for a creative writing exercise! Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you need to boost your creativity. Take a look at the image above. What’s the story? Can you come up with a mini-drama of not more than 350 words? Here’s...Show More Summary

On the Road to a Rough Draft: If You Don’t Know Where You’re Going, Any Road Will Do

21 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Please welcome guest Katharine Britton, author of three novels: Her Sister’s Shadow, Little Island, and Vanishing Time (2016). Katharine has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College. Her screenplay, Goodbye Don’t Mean Gone, on which Vanishing Time was based, was a Moondance Film Festival winner and a finalist in the New England Women […]

5 Things for Writers to Look for in a Day Job

It might seem strange to have a post about what to look for in a day job on a publishing advice blog. After all, often the dream is to write full time. Day jobs are just a distraction, right? Realistically, though, it’s hard to earn a living from writing fiction full time, and many published authors never manage it. Show More Summary

The Strange Day Jobs of Five Fiction Writers

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

Exploring the strange day jobs of five writers and how their jobs impact their writing. Column by Michael David Wilson A lot of writers hold down a day job. Sometimes by choice, sometimes out of necessity. I decided to track down five...Show More Summary

Anne Rice's Lestat Visits Atlantis

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

Vampires are back, alright! News by Raine Winters Lestat is back! Anne Rice, bestselling author, has announced the publication of a new novel focusing on the infamous vamp. Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis is due for release on November 29th, 2016. Show More Summary

Popular Science Profiles Poetry by Artificial Intelligence

Are we in the midst of a robot rival to e.e. cummings? Alas, thank goodness no—but at Popular Science we meet the creator of CuratedAI, a new online literary magazine of creative writing written by robots. More: There are innumerable blogs dedicated to posting prose and poetry. CuratedAI, however, is a collection of machine generated […]

I Tried. I Just Don't Like Harry Potter

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

I know you all love Harry Potter. I don't. But maybe it's just me. Column by Peter Derk Before you start waving a wand at me and yelling "Fuckemupus!" or something, please hear me out. I don't hate Harry Potter. I don't hate that this thing exists. Show More Summary

6 Ways to Create Believable Urban Fantasy

If a realistic, believable urban fantasy is more your jam, you have to accomplish something that sounds easier, but isn’t. Here are ways to do it. The post 6 Ways to Create Believable Urban Fantasy appeared first on

Stephen Burt Considers Andrew Maxwell’s Trifecta of Aphorism, Lyric, and the Avant-Garde

“What if a poet wants at once to write aphoristically, or apothegmatically, and to write lyric (personal, inward, emotional), and to write as part of a post-avant-garde?” asks Stephen Burt in a review of Andrew Maxwell’s Candor Is the Brightest Shield (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014) for Los Angeles Review of Books. …What if a poet […]

PEN Announces Translation Fund Grant Recipients

Yesterday, PEN America announced the recipients of PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants this cycle. The award, which bestows upon the recipients $3,670, provides translators with necessary funds to complete literary projects and publicly acknowledges completed works that merit publication. Show More Summary

New MS Word Features Supposed To Help Writers

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

Microsoft Word wants to be your new writing pal. News by Peter Derk Microsoft has announced a host of new features for MS Word. Are they beneficial to writers? First, Researcher. Researcher allows writers to do research and import citations without leaving the MS Word window. Show More Summary

Facebook Live Q&A Replay 24 July 2016. Writing, Publishing, Book Marketing with Joanna Penn

We had another fun Facebook Live session last weekend, so thanks to everyone who came along. I answered questions on aspects of writing, self-publishing, book marketing and author mindset. The video recording is below, with time stamps so you can fast-forward to the questions you’re interested in. Or click here to watch on YouTube. And […]

The Waiting is (One of) the Hardest Part(s)

Writing may be the business of words, but it is also the business of waiting.  Whether you are crafting your first manuscript or polishing your third best-seller, there’s some purgatory involved.  You wait for your beta readers to get back to you.  You wait for an agent to discover your manuscript.  You wait for blurbs […]

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Byr a Thoddaid

A new poetic form, a new challenge. Let’s take on the byr a thoddaid this time around. Find the rules for byr a thoddaid poems here. It can be as concise as four lines or go on for quite a time. So start writing them and sharing here...Show More Summary

How I Got My Literary Agent: Tony Peak

Tony Peak, author of INHERIT THE STARS (Nov. 2015, Penguin Random House), shares how he obtained his literary agent, after signing a publishing contract. The post How I Got My Literary Agent: Tony Peak appeared first on

The Query Process: I Want Off This Ride!

Here’s a guest post about the wild ride of the query process from “pre-published” author Karen Sargent. If you have a great idea and would like to contribute a guest post of your own, please send an e-mail to with the subject line: Guest Post Idea for No Rules. Show More Summary

At Paris Review Daily, Solmaz Sharif Discusses Gender in Relationship to Warfare, Much More

More Solmaz Sharif, this time at Paris Review Daily, where she talks with Zinzi Clemmons about racism, the distinction between poetry and activism, gender and warfare, and her debut collection, Look, which is getting lotsa attention at the moment. “Clichéd, bad writing often means clichéd, bad politics, and vice versa,” says Sharif here, responding to […]

Thank Heavens: New 'American Gods' Trailer

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Magic, mystery, and sledgehammers: the new trailer for Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' is here. News by Peter Derk Neil Gaiman's American Gods is coming to Starz in 2017, and we've got a trailer. American Gods follows Shadow, a man released from prison who finds himself embroiled in a battle between old gods and new. Show More Summary

VIDA Reads with Mary Jo Bang

Poet Mary Jo Bang shares her current reading list, the subject of her forthcoming poetry collection, and the new collections that she anticipates reading in the future: What are you reading on the subway or in the waiting room today? Sadly, there are no subways in St. Louis but there are countless waiting rooms and […]

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