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How to Finish Your Novel Using Math

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Finishing a novel doesn't have to be daunting. Get out your calculator and see how math can help you reach the end. Column by Justin Hunter Have you ever written a short story? A long story? A novella? Now you want to write a novel? Cool, lean in real close. Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 414

For today’s prompt, write a connection poem. The poem could be about a physical connection, like holding hands or building a bridge across a river. Or it could be about social connections, like at a party or online. Of course, there are also electrical connections, magnetic connections, associative connections, and so much more. Show More Summary

Bun in the Oven: The Gestation Period of a Novel

According to Discovery.com, the female frilled shark carries her babies for up to 3.5 years before giving birth. As someone who was throw-uppy for the duration of my pregnancies, I think the frilled shark’s lengthy gestation sounds miserable. On the other hand, as someone who is gestating a novel (and has been for the past […]

Want To Win NaNoWriMo This Year? 7 Tips On Writing And Productivity

Ready to take your writing seriously? Getting ready for NaNoWriMo and need some writing and productivity tips?  I had a demanding day job when I did NaNoWriMo in 2009, but I was committed to the writing, so I got up every weekday at 5 am before work to get my words in. Those words became the […]

Season of the Witch: Six Dark Fairy Tales Everyone Should Read

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Prepare to be haunted by six of the finest dark fairy tales, by the women who reinvented the form: Angela Carter, A. S. Byatt, Kelly Link, Aimee Bender, Kate Bernheimer, and Karen Joy Fowler. Column by Susan DeFreitas The term fairy tale is often deployed for things that seem too good to be true (say, a fairy tale romance). Show More Summary

Switching Genres: How One Author Transitioned from a Young Adult Audience to Adult

When I heard an author say that it took years to complete their latest book, I assumed they were lazy. I mean, I wrote thirty-one YA novels in ten years. During that time I also got a puppy, moved across the country, had two kids, went...Show More Summary

John Green Is the Reason I Write Contemporary YA

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One aspiring author gives credit to John Green for inspiring her to write the genre she loves. Column by Karis Rogerson It might be cliché for me to credit John Green with inspiring me to write young adult fiction. Especially since I...Show More Summary

The Sky Is On Fire

Tell them, “If you’re gone too long, I will light candles for you in the dark. I will burn down a forest just so that you see it." And maybe they won't go.

Interplanetary Relations

This week's writing prompt is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the day the United Nations' Outer Space Treaty went into effect. The post Interplanetary Relations appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

Picture This

A few weeks ago, Dave King posted a marvelous piece here concerning lessons to be learned about creating surprise by analyzing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, specifically his Fantasia and Fugue in A minor. In the comments following the piece, I remarked that I had had a similar revelation about lessons to be learned […]

The Eternal Echo

I know how you felt when I touched you, because I know how I felt when you touched me. So you cannot tell me that you do not think of it often, or wonder why no one will ever be able to touch you like that, again.____The winners of the...Show More Summary

What is Gutter Opera? 'Absolutely Golden' Author D. Foy Is Here To Explain...

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LitReactor Class Director Rob Hart can't explain Gutter Opera. Only D. Foy can do that. Find out how this upcoming writing workshop can get you thinking differently about the mechanics of writing... Column by Rob Hart After D. Foy'sShow More Summary

The 7 Greatest Fears of Horror Writers

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But what chilling thoughts keep horror writers awake at night? What thing scares Stephen King? What makes R.L. Stine lose his mind? Column by Emmanuel Nataf October has rolled around, and we, readers, once more return to horror fiction in anticipation of Halloween. Show More Summary

One Important Question You May Not Be Asking Your Publicist

One of the things I am most grateful for in my post-writing-life adventure of running a small but busy literary PR agency is the wonderfully talented team that makes it all possible.  Their creativity, insights, storytelling acumen and dedication are a gift to all those who work with them. Today I’m filled with pride and gratitude as […]

Using Physicality to Bring Your Characters (And Your Fiction) to Life

One of the most common challenges writers face in the character development process is conveying their personalities (even those of side characters) in a naturally complex and believable way. Here, Joan Dempsey dives into the heart of...Show More Summary

Meet the Agent: Claire Anderson-Wheeler of Regal Hoffman & Associates LLC

Born in Washington to an Irish family, Claire Anderson-Wheeler spent her formative years in Geneva, Brussels and Dublin, where she earned a law degree from Trinity College. In 2008, after getting her master’s degree in creative writing...Show More Summary

Secrets Of A Seven Figure Non-Fiction Indie Author With Joseph Alexander

The path to successful self-publishing can come in many forms. Joseph Alexander went from teaching guitar in person to writing 40+ books on learning how to play the guitar, scaling his business and reaching a global market, primarily through print books. In today's show, he shares his secrets. In the intro, I mention Amazon KDP's […]

How I Won NaNoWriMo in My First (and Last?) Attempt

Last November I wrote over 50,000 words of a new novel and won my first National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Are you on the fence about participating this year? Do you have the same skeptical reaction I did every year? Let this post provide catharsis for your worries and guidance for making a decision on […]

Weekly Round-Up: Writing With Friends

Every week our editors publish around 10 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

Write Like a Girl

My original intention this month was to write about some of the common challenges people have when writing across gender lines—that is, male writers writing female characters and female writers writing male characters. For some people, this comes quite naturally. For others, it seems an almost impossible task—particularly when the character in question is the […]

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