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Weekly Round-Up: Fun and Family

Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we’ve created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week’s posts all in one place. Show More Summary

Why Write During Difficult Times

21 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Our family recently experienced a life-changing medical emergency. As the doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff worked endlessly to save my husband’s life, I was, as a caregiver, on the sidelines. Feelings of helplessness, grief, sadness, and frustration found a home in my heart. During the time of his hospitalization and now, during post-op care, […]

4 Ways to Beat Frustration in Your Writing Career

A writer named Yvonne Kohano reached out to me recently and told me this was her biggest challenge: “I’m feeling scattered. Too many ideas for novels and nonfiction writing, all screaming for attention. I get distracted by marketing and outreach to develop an audience. Focus, which has never been a problem for me before, is […]

Cannibalizing Yourself: 9 Reasons You Should Mine Your Life for Ideas

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

Strange experiences, new situations, and faraway galaxies are all great, but sometimes looking inside yourself and revisiting your memories is the best thing you can do for your writing. Column by Gabino Iglesias "I celebrate myself,...Show More Summary

Don’t Rate My Book Five Stars

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

There is nothing in this world more honest than a three-star review. Column by Max Booth III Authors frequently email me with offers of free PDFs of their books in exchange for five-star reviews on Amazon. There’s nothing wrong with a simple review request, don’t get me wrong. Show More Summary

6 Ways to Improve Your Romantic Thriller Novel

When I'm trudging through the messy middle of a book, I double check my list of must-haves to punch up the pace. Here's what you can do to strengthen the middle of your novel. The post 6 Ways to Improve Your Romantic Thriller Novel appeared first on

This Flowchart Will Tell You What Book to Read Next

Looking for a new summer read? Let us help: From classics to recent bestsellers, fiction to nonfiction, local favorites to international treasures, this flowchart has you covered. The post This Flowchart Will Tell You What Book to Read Next appeared first on

Flog a BookBubber 80: Toby Neal

Writers, send your prologue/first chapter to FtQ for a “flogging” critique. Email as an attachment. Many of the folks who utilize BookBub are self-published, and because we hear over and over the need for self-published authors to have their work...

This Lonely Century: Barrett White Interviews SOd Press at Fanzine

At Fanzine, poet Barrett White contributes the transcript from his recent discussion with Australian publishing influencers SOd Press (a.k.a. aj carruthers and Amelia Dale). “I was immediately compelled by the strangeness of the work I found on their site,” White writes. “Neo-Dadaesque asemic and collage work. Glitch art and childlike sketches bordering on Art Brut. […]

NEA Announces Additional 2017 Grants to Benefit U.S. Arts Organizations

Although the revered national organization has been under threat of extinction since the dawn of Trump’s presidency, the NEA announced a second round of 1,195 awards, totaling $84.06 million, to benefit arts organizations throughout the United States. In her statement announcing the awards, NEA chairman Jane Chu states, “The American people are recognized for their […]

The Power of Contests: Create Your Own Luck

Kristin Lenz shares the potential power of participating in contests far and wide, including how it landed her a book deal and helped some of her colleagues. The post The Power of Contests: Create Your Own Luck appeared first on

5 Major Types of Freelance Writing Jobs (And How To Get Them)

If you're just starting out with freelance writing, you may find yourself feeling a little overwhelmed. There's so much to consider when it comes to freelancing, especially what type (or types) of work you want to do. There are many different types of freelance writing jobs available these days. Show More Summary

Three Things That Will Tank The Dark Tower Movie For Fans Of The Books

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

With the movie adaptation of 'The Dark Tower' coming out in August, many reverent fans of the book series have high expectations from the filmmakers. Hollywood better not screw it up. Column by David Cranmer The man in Black fled across...Show More Summary

Poetry Slam Inc: Poetry Spotlight

One of the great strengths of poetry is its diversity, but I admit that I don’t give quite enough attention to slam poetry. That changes today as I spotlight Poetry Slam Inc. As always, I appreciate the poetry spotlight ideas people send my way. Show More Summary

Tommy Wiseau, Charles Hinton, and the Non-Existance of Ironic Joy

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Imagine a James Bond flick written and directed by Tommy Wiseau. Welcome to the world of Charles Hinton. Column by Peter Derk Most of you are probably familiar with Tommy Wiseau, auteur behind The Room. The Room is a fascinating piece of work. Show More Summary

Preparing for Twitter Pitching Contests, Including #SFFpit This Week!

Twitter pitching events have become an enormously popular way for author to connect with literary agents by pitching their completed manuscript on Twitter under a hashtag. Here are some tips to make sure your experience goes well. The post Preparing for Twitter Pitching Contests, Including #SFFpit This Week! appeared first on

Why I Write About My Parents

I tend to take life personally. And nothing is more personal to me than family and friends. That’s why, as a writer, I specialize in personal essays. The post Why I Write About My Parents appeared first on

Failure is a Four Letter Word (in Writing)

Failure is a four letter word. We fear it, we dread it, and we try to avoid it at all costs. It’s one of those sneaky words that writers tend to despise because we understand its power more than anyone; we know how many layers it carries, how much destruction it causes in its wake. […]

Terrance Hayes Named New Poetry Editor of The New York Times

Terrance Hayes has been named the new poetry editor of the New York Times. Hayes will be stepping into the role after Matthew Zapruder’s tenure as Times editor is officially over this month. “Mr. Hayes, 45, the weekly publication’s third poetry editor, will choose poems and write brief introductions for them. He begins his role […]

Philip Guston, Painter Among Poets

Hyperallergic’s Cara Ober visits the latest Philip Guston exhibition, at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, which positions the great painter alongside poets who inspired his work. Ober begins by looking at Guston’s fall from grace, after his 1970 show where he first exhibited paintings from his return to figuration. Ober writes: What more can be […]

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