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Annalee Newitz’s 'Autonomous': Cyberpunk from the Female Perspective

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

A look at Annalee Newitz’s 'Autonomous', a science-fiction novel from 2017 that is influenced by cyberpunk in its tackling of Big Pharma and gender fluidity. Column by Bart Bishop Cyberpunk has traditionally been dominated by male characters and the male perspective. Show More Summary

Thou Mayest

Write a scene or story about a character who has committed a misdeed—a crime or a more minor indiscretion—and must decide whether to face the consequences and make amends for the act, or to conceal or avoid it. The post Thou Mayest appeared first on

Magic Cloaks, Lucky Charms, and Other Writerly Superstitious Habits

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

I visited Lucy Maud Montgomery’s bedroom on Prince Edward Island to research my forthcoming novel Marilla of Green Gables. Standing before Maud’s vanity mirror, I tried to see the world through her reflection: single bed, gabled ceiling, flower wallpaper, writing desk, lamp, chair, and window looking out to the Lake of Shining Waters. The morning light […]

Thinking about teachers with guns . . . a scene from a novel.

(This scene from Gundown is part of a confrontation between gun owners protesting gun safety laws and a leader that helped enact them. Download a free ebook of Gundown here.) Sam said, “We aren’t safe.” He pulled his son closer...

The Despair Left Behind

Give yourself the space to be sad.Give yourself the chance to grieve.Descend safely, and let go of all that you don't need.Feel only what you need to feel.This doesn't need to hurt more than it already does.

Get Your Sht Together: Six Memoirs for Personal Growth

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Seeking personal growth? Going through a rough spot? Forget self-help. These five fabulous memoirs will broaden your world, open your mind, and help you get your sht together. Column by Susan DeFreitas As human beings, we've all gotShow More Summary

Interview: The Oscar-Nominated Writers Behind The Disaster Artist (Part Two)

Screenwriters Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter describe their creative process and the decisions that went into writing their Oscar-nominated comedy, The Disaster Artist. The post Interview: The Oscar-Nominated Writers Behind The Disaster Artist (Part Two) appeared first on

Getting in Touch with the Inner Magician

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

I’m a writer who (almost always) writes about practical, down-to-earth things. The stuff of everyday life. Mysteries grounded in the real world. A wrongful arrest. A stolen dog. Love stories. Falling in. Falling out. Trials and tribulations therein. The human condition. Etc. So, when I recently typed “THE END” on my latest WIP (a mystery […]

How To Build A Youpreneur Business Around A Personal Brand With Chris Ducker

How do we stand out in a world where everyone can write a book or upload a photo or start a YouTube channel or podcast? How can we share our stories in an authentic manner and still make a living? In today's show, I discuss the Youpreneur business model with Chris Ducker, where building a […]

6 Tips for Reimagining Classic Fiction in Your Writing

Reimagining classic fiction has been a common practice among authors since the dawn of novel writing. Here, learn a few lessons from the masters about writing novels that incorporate elements of the classics. The post 6 Tips for Reimagining Classic Fiction in Your Writing appeared first on

Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time (Spring 2018)

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

What are your submission or rejection goals for 2018? Inspired by Lit Hub’s 100 rejections per year post, I got 93 rejections 2017 and aim to cross 100 this year. I plan to include literary agent rejections in this year’s tally, which should incentivize me to query more. Since my last contest roundup, I’ve earned two […]

The Art of the Paragraph: Applying Paragraphing Techniques in Your Fiction Writing

Paragraph writing in fiction doesn’t follow traditional rules. In this series, we cover how to write a good paragraph by exploring different lengths and kinds of paragraphs—and when to use them. Here, learn how to apply paragraphingShow More Summary

Where Do Characters Come From?

Author Mitch Silver discusses how he and other thriller masters came up with the characters who have led their greatest story ideas—and how you can create great characters too. The post Where Do Characters Come From? appeared first on

How to Find Unique Speaking Opportunities to Promote Your Novel

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

If the title of this post makes your palms sweat, you’re not alone. Public speaking is often cited as people’s top fear, even over death. But if you calm your racing heart long enough to open your mind, you’ll see a world of opportunity awaiting writers who are willing to step out from behind their […]

Flogometer 1045 for Angela—are you compelled to turn the page?

Submissions sought. Get fresh eyes on your opening page. Submission directions below. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind that this is entirely subjective....

How to Hide Exposition Through Action

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

"Show, don't tell," they say. But telling is necessary. It's just a matter of doing it right. Hide your exposition through action. Column by Justin Hunter I was reading a draft of a friend's novel, and in one of the chapters, it was critical for a character in the chapter to explain something. Show More Summary

Give Your Hero a Hard Time

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

“Be a sadist,” said Kurt Vonnegut. That’s number six on his list of eight creative writing 101 tips. He added, “No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them – in order that the reader may see what they are made of.” Vonnegut knew what he was talking about. […]

Writing Tips: Using A Comic Relief Character For More Than Comedy

One of the most effective techniques in fiction writing is to build up tension, and then to break it with comedic elements, regulating the pace for the reader, even as you ratchet up to the next scene. This works particularly well in darker books, TV and movies where things can get a little grim. I've […]

How the Internet Archive Infringed My Copyrights and Then (Kind Of) Blew Me Off

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareLast month, I wrote about the Internet Archive's Open Library project, which has been scanning donated print books, creating PDFs and EPUBs from the scans, and placing the scans and the digitized versions online for public borrowing--all without seeking permission from authors. Show More Summary

How to avoid being scammed by people like this guy

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Author and TV producer Lee Goldberg has a post on his blog about James Strauss, a "convicted con artist and fake TV writer." Goldberg has received many emails with horror stories from people saying they've been conned or harassed by...

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