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Poetry Is Not a Competitive Sport: Pooja Nansi

I love sharing guest posts here, and it’s been one of my recent goals to share more voices on Poetic Asides (including the Why I Write Poetry posts). I’m excited to share Pooja Nansi’s voice here today on how poetry is not a competitive sport. Show More Summary

Script Classics: Writing a Great Third Act

The Third Act can make or break your screenplay. As films explore new territory in terms of plot and storytelling, the craft of writing them becomes more of a challenge. The post Script Classics: Writing a Great Third Act appeared first on

All the King’s Editors — David Corbett

This post is part of the ‘All the King’s Editor’ series, which is the brainchild of WU contributor Dave King, in which WU contributors will edit manuscript pages submitted by members of the larger WU community, and discuss the proposed changes. This is intended to be an educational format, and will hopefully generate useful comments […]

First Lines

In the first month of a new year I thought it was fitting to write a post about first lines. First lines are important because they create an immediate impression in the mind of the reader. If they’re memorable, they can pass into common cultural reference. Think for example of the famous opening lines of […]

New Literary Agent Alert: Amy Brewer of Metamorphosis Literary Agency

A new literary agent (with this spotlight featuring Amy Brewer of Metamorphosis Literary Agency) is a golden opportunity for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. The post New Literary Agent Alert: Amy Brewer of Metamorphosis Literary Agency appeared first on

How To Be Creative In Writing And In Business with Orna Ross

Tapping into our creativity around writing and around money can free us to pursue a more holistic and fulfilled life, and in today's show, Orna Ross talks about how to use F-R-E-E writing to break through your creative and money blocks. In the introduction, I give a personal update about my new screenplay adaptation of […]

Weekly Round-Up: Looking Backward, Moving Forward

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

Publishing Wide: Selling Ebooks And Print Books Direct From Your Author Website

Imagine if one company held all the power over your income every month. That used to be my reality when I had a day job.  Then one day in 2008, I was laid off, along with hundreds of others in my department and many thousands of others in the global financial crisis. I swore on that […]

Drawing Board to Writing Desk: The Transition from Writing Comics to Writing Novels

Are you trying a format you're unfamiliar with? When Michael Moreci went from writing comics to writing novels, one simple realization—and a few basic truths—carried him from one medium to the other. The post Drawing Board to Writing Desk: The Transition from Writing Comics to Writing Novels appeared first on

Happy New Goals

It’s that time of year again. The airwaves are full of ads for weight-loss programs; gyms are offering discounted annual memberships; and self-help books are flying off the shelves. Me? I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions. I’ve never really understood the desire to spend the last night of the year making solemn […]

5 Things Fiction Writers Do That Annoy Readers

It's great for fiction writers to experiment with unconventional devices and writing styles, but sometimes going off the beaten path can alienate your readers. Here are five approaches that you might want to reconsider before including them in your work. The post 5 Things Fiction Writers Do That Annoy Readers appeared first on

18 Writing Lessons to Carry Into 2018

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

For the past 6 years on my blog, I’ve been writing an end-of-the-year list of life lessons learned. It occurred to me as I wrote 17 Things I Learned in 2017 that so often, many of my “life” lessons end up being writing lessons, and vice-versa. And then it occurred to me that these aren’t […]

The 15 Most Anticipated Horror Books of 2018

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

New Paul Tremblay! New King! New McCammon! Column by Max Booth III The present may be a shit show but there is no denying how beautiful it’s felt to be a horror fan lately. Last year, both in film and literature, we were treated to some truly wonderful works, and it looks like this trend will continue into 2018. Show More Summary

The Sadness Of Comedy

Anyone looking onto the stage where we lived out our lives would've called us a tragedy, because we had good intentions. But we don't suffer the consequences of our good intentions. We suffer the consequences of our actions.

Making an annual writing master plan

I sat down to figure out what I needed to do the first week of this year, and I was stuck right away. I had no idea what I needed to do that week because I didn’t know what I needed to do that year. I had a few ideas about what I wanted to … Continue reading Making an annual writing master plan ?

10 Easy Writing Prompts to Get Your Life Story Started

Having trouble getting started on writing your life story? Answer these ten easy writing prompts, and the answers will be the framework to your story. The post 10 Easy Writing Prompts to Get Your Life Story Started appeared first on

Kazuo Ishiguro: A Primer

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Kazuo Ishiguro was recently awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here’s a guide to his work for anyone who has yet to read him. Column by Emmanuel Nataf Drum-roll, please: in October, the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to…...Show More Summary

Keep track of those body parts!

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

When you're writing, it's easy to come up with dramatic similes, metaphors, and descriptions that go a step too far. Here are a few actual examples from published books, thanks to a column David Langford wrote a while back for...

Stories that Won’t Let You Go

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Somewhere around six years ago, I had a story idea pop into my head. As most writers will tell you, that’s not exactly an unusual occurrence. Story ideas fly into (and often out of) my mind like flights landing at Kennedy Airport. But this idea felt... special. It had that x-factor sparkle […]

Book Promotions International, or, How Not to Get Your Book Into a Library

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Hot on the heels of the infamous Christmas writing contest spam comes another spam solicitation aimed at separating writers from their money. The link leads directly to PayPal.So if you're...Show More Summary

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