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Turn Your Blog Into a Lean, Mean, Lead Generation Machine

11 hours agoArts / Writing : Write to Done

82% of inbound marketers who blog frequently are seeing a positive outcome in their ROI. If you fall into the remaining 18% category, have you wondered why your inbound marketing techniques backfire? Your techniques may be right! But your blog page might need some reconstruction. Show More Summary

National Federation of State Poetry Societies: Poetry Spotlight

One goal of these poetry spotlights, for me, is to share different things happening in the poetry world. After all, one of the great strengths of poetry is its diversity. After at  the Haiku Society of America, let’s look at another poetry organization: National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Show More Summary

6 Reasons Aspiring Writers Should Act More Like Musicians

17 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Musicians can't be posers——they actually have to practice their instrument. Column by Christoph Paul Writers are the worst. Actually, aspiring writers are the worst. Aspiring musicians, on the other hand, act like aspiring writers should. Show More Summary

It's Flog a WU Judgment Day at Writer Unboxed, your votes appreciated

Head on over to Writer Unboxed today to see finalists in the Writer Unboxed "compelling narrative" contest and vote. There are some fun entries. Click here. Ray

Thrilling Characters: How to Create Twists and Turns in Your Novel

Thriller writer Steven Kohlhagen shares his method for creating twists and turns throughout his novels—letting his characters dictate the ride. The post Thrilling Characters: How to Create Twists and Turns in Your Novel appeared first on

Find A Buddy: 6 Reasons You Should Co-Write Your Stuff

21 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

After spending three years relatively isolated in Oregon, I rediscovered the value of collaboration and co-writing. Column by J. David Osborne I grew up in Oklahoma. When I turned 27, I decided to move to Oregon. The scenery here is fantastic. Show More Summary

Every Good Book is a Mystery, Even When it’s Not

21 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

  I’ve been studying bestselling novels of late. I’m trying to get a feel for what is working and why; suss out the author’s special sauce that seems to be speaking to readers. I have to admit, sometimes I’m befuddled when the quality of the prose is lacking or the story drags in too many […]

Flog-a-WU Judgment Day

23 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

WU received 119 entries to the Flog a WU contest. The challenge was to write an opening for a novel that compelled readers to turn the page. Therese and I have scoured that boatload of fine and fun writing and offer to you six finalists for your consideration and vote. We agreed on three entries, […]

Publishing Before the Query Letter: Literary Magazines and the Emerging Writer

Debut author Meg Eden explains the importance of bylines from literary magazines before pursuing literary representation. The post Publishing Before the Query Letter: Literary Magazines and the Emerging Writer appeared first on

Flog a BookBubber 88: Kenley Davidson

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...

Storyville: Young Protagonists—MG vs. YA vs. Adult

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

Some advice for writing young protagonists for Middle Grade, YA, and adult fiction. Column by Richard Thomas When it comes to your writing, a young protagonist can be part of the teen landscape or an adult novel. How do you tell theShow More Summary

Bookshots: 'Devil's Call' by J. Danielle Dorn

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review Review by Gabino Iglesias Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review Title: Devil's Call Who wrote it? An outstanding debut [that] brings revenge, motherhood, cruelty, and humor together in a unique way. J. Show More Summary

The Shade In The Night

Give me one beautiful thing in the darkness to hold onto. Even if it’s only the ghost of good light.

Thought Triggers: The Chekhov’s Gun of Writing Tricks

An experience most of us are familiar with: You’ve just bought something new, whether it be a car, a backpack, a sports jersey with a particular player’s number, or even a new brand of reading glasses, and though you found it independently and thought it was fairly unique at the time, now you’re seeing it […]

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 402

Yesterday was my birthday. I turned 39, which I consider my sestina year. It’s also divisible by three, so I came up with three possible prompts for today. Pick one, two, or all of the following prompts: Write a form poem. Sestina, sonnet, haiku, clogyrnach, golden shovel, etc. Show More Summary

9 Ways To Get The Very Best Out Of Your Book Cover Designer

A great cover design is one of the best ways to help your book get noticed because readers DO judge a book by its cover. Your book cover will also be one of the best marketing assets you can invest in because you will use it everywhere – on your book sales page, your website, […]

Why I Write Poetry: Barton Smock

A few weeks ago, I posted about “Why I Write Poetry” and encouraged others to share their thoughts, stories, and experiences for future guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Show More Summary

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

You've been going to the same bar every night for the past five years. In fact, you're such a regular that when you enter the, the other patrons yell your name and the bartender already has your drink waiting for you. But then one Friday you arrive and no one seems to recognize you, not even the bartender. Show More Summary

Idea and Story

Consider this opening paragraph, from an essay included in  G. K. Chesterton’s 1928 collection, Generally Speaking:   Among those remarkable “Sayings of the Day” that are quoted in the daily Press, I remember a sentence that is quite significant.  Sandwiched in between two other epigrams, between Sir Humphrey Pumpernickle’s paradox, “The British Empire must look […]

Inspiration vs. Influence: Using What We Know

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

A discussion of how writers take, steal and borrow content, and why. Column by Brian Allen Carr There’s no right or wrong way to be inspired, but there might be a wrong way to be influenced. When I was 17, I worked as a bag boy at a grocery store. Show More Summary

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