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Alert: Blue Deco Publishing, Christian Faith Publishing

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware BLUE DECO PUBLISHING Writer Beware has received multiple documented complaints from authors at Blue Deco Publishing.Problems cited include late or missing royalties and royalty statements, broken marketing promises, and difficulty reaching or getting responses from the owner, Colleen Nye. Show More Summary

Refilling the Well

I needed last Friday to be a great writing day. I knew exactly where to start. I was going to get up early, make my meals for the day, and write Pomodoro style all the way through to evening. I’d ignore social media. Wouldn’t even read the news. Just a quick peek at the headlines […]

LitReactor Staff Picks: The Best Books of 2017 (part 1)

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Submitted for your approval (or derision): Members of the LitReactor staff offer up their favorite reads, old and new, of 2017. Column by Joshua Chaplinsky Another year has come and gone. You know what that means, don't you? Time for...Show More Summary

How to Identify Fake News: Crossing the Credibility Chasm with PEN America

PEN America is currently touring the country hosting local panels to educate journalists and the public alike on how to identify fake news. Here's what we learned from them. The post How to Identify Fake News: Crossing the Credibility Chasm with PEN America appeared first on

Why I Am Writing Under a New Name

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John Mantooth's first book tanked. This is how he got back in the game. Column by John Mantooth This article originally appeared on the Hank Early website. So, one of the questions I've been getting is why write these next two books under a new name. Show More Summary

Dying to Know, Afraid to Find Out: Building Tension in Fiction

Please welcome multipublished author Lynne Griffin to Writer Unboxed today! Lynne is the author of the novels Girl Sent Away (SixOneSeven Books), Sea Escape (Simon & Schuster) and Life Without Summer (St. Martin’s Press), and the non-fiction...Show More Summary

A Defense of Spoilers

For a culture so obsessed with “enjoying the journey,” we sure do hate a ruined ending — isn’t that contradictory? A ruined ending — and the subsequent spoiler alerts that follow — belies our secret obsession with the destination: to enjoy the journey, we need to know how it ends. We don’t want to know how […]

Why Writing For Therapy Can Change Your Life

I wrote my first book, Career Change, because I was so miserable in my day job that I would weep in the toilets at lunch-time, wondering what the hell I was doing with my life.  Excerpts from my journals appear in most of my non-fiction books, and I still write for therapy when I am […]

Flogometer 1036 for Harlene—are you compelled to turn the page?

Please, please visit my Kickstarter page for my new game, FlipIt. It goes Scrabble one better in terms of challenge and fun. Even if you can’t support it, please pass the link on to friends and family. Thanks for your...

10 Hot Caribbean Authors to Keep You Warm This Winter

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Got the Winter blues? Time to head south for some great writing. Column by Gabino Iglesias The Caribbean has given the world a wealth of superb writers. Some, like Junot Díaz, Nicolás Guillén, Alejo Carpentier, and Oscar Hijuelos are now household names in the US, but there are still a lot of gems to discover. Show More Summary

Two bad plots are not better than one good one

Sometimes the log line of a movie (a one or two-line description of the story) is enough to reveal the plot's flaws. And sometimes the movie gets made anyway. Here's the log line for "Geostorm": The story follows a satellite...

Scriptnotes, Ep 327: Mergers and Break Ups — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 327 of Scriptnotes, of podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast we’ll be discussing mergers, such […]

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 417

After a month of daily poeming, welcome back to the Wednesday Poetry Prompts! Recently, dubbed “complicit” the word of the year for 2017. And sometimes, that’s all it takes to prompt a poetry prompt. For today’s prompt, write a complicit poem. Show More Summary

I Object!

I have some doubts.  Please answer these questions honestly: Was your father a “bagman”, delivering cash payoffs on the teeming and corrupt waterfront of New York City in the 1940’s?  Did your mother hunt down her kidnapper, who escaped from prison, before he could find and kidnap you?  Was someone in your Shaker Heights extended […]

Netflix's 'The Punisher': Aggressively Average

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A look at how faithful the new Punisher Netflix series is to its original source material. Column by BH Shepherd Out of all the Marvel Netflix series, The Punisher was definitely the one I looked forward to the most. He was one of the...Show More Summary

Pitching Television, or Being a Passionate Widget

John and Craig share their insight into pitching for television. How is it different that pitching features? How do express your passion for the project? How do you avoid being a Willy Loman pitching to a Willy Loman? (Sometimes you don’t.) We also follow-up on the conversation about sexual harassment, with a focus on how […]

30 Poetry Prompts for the 2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge!

For some reason, I’ve never really thought of collecting all the poetry prompts for these November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenges. That changes today! Find all 30 prompts for all 30 days of the November challenge below. I will link each day back to the original post with a super concise prompt. Show More Summary

Scrivener 3.0 Update: What’s inside, and is it worth the cost?

Scrivener 3 is a major update that not only brings some very cool new features, but also improves and simplifies what was already there. The post Scrivener 3.0 Update: What’s inside, and is it worth the cost? appeared first on

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Ruth Emmie Lang

“7 Things I’ve Learned So Far” (this installment written by Ruth Emmie Lang, author of BEASTS OF EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE) is a recurring column where writers at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction,...Show More Summary


Take an event from history and write a fictional account describing a conspiracy theory about what "REALLY" happened. Or, if you prefer, write a scene about a character who believes in one or more conspiracy theories. The post Conspiracy! appeared first on

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