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Book Quotes Quiz: Which Literary Villains Uttered the Following Quotes?

How devious are you? Test your knowlegde of all things evil in this fun book quotes quiz by identifying which literary villains uttered these quotes. The post Book Quotes Quiz: Which Literary Villains Uttered the Following Quotes? appeared first on

The Writer’s Guide to Social Media Organization

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Please welcome DiAnn Mills to Writer Unboxed today! DiAnn’s titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one […]

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

Only 4 days after today’s poem. Let’s finish strong! For today’s prompt, write a shine poem. People can shine. Shoes can shine. You can shine a light on someone or something. The sun shines; the moon reflects that shine; and so on. Let’s shine through our poems today. Show More Summary

Dissecting Tell the Wolves I’m Home

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

It is possible that, at the 2016 Writer Unboxed UnConference, every presenter quoted or referred to Carol Rifka Brunt’s novel Tell the Wolves I’m Home, so it was a natural for the WU Breakout Novel Dissectors (BND) group to tackle–one year later, we finally have.  Standard Disclaimers and Explanations: There will be spoilers ahead (even […]

The Sell-Out or the Purist?

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

The other night, as a party of writerly types was winding down, I was caught up in a commercial versus literary discussion. Purity of purpose versus reaching out to readers. Aesthetics versus money. Art versus entertainment. Respect of the literati versus wide readership. As a novelist who has published over twenty books, I’ve written both […]

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

For today’s prompt, write a remix poem. I love how music artists will remix each other’s (and their own) songs. Do that today with one of your poems. For the chapbook challenge, try remixing one of your poems from earlier in the month. Show More Summary

The Odd Couple: Co-Authoring a Book with a Friend

Is it crazy for two close friends to think they can write a book together—and maintain their friendship? Two writers discuss the pitfalls of co-authoring a book with someone you know well. The post The Odd Couple: Co-Authoring a Book with a Friend appeared first on

Flog a BookBubber 114: Cheryl Bradshaw

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...

LitReactor's Black Friday Picks for Readers and Writers

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Treat yo self without leaving the house, without sleeping on the sidewalk, and without being convicted of manslaughter when you trample a big box greeter. Column by Peter Derk It’s Black Friday. Dust those pie crust crumbs off your distended belly, sit up, and pay attention! Black Friday is a tough one for writers. Show More Summary

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

Happy Black Friday?!? Okay, not a big holiday in the Brewer household, I’m not going to judge if it is in yours. Who doesn’t want a good deal, right? Whether you brave the Black Friday mobs or hide from them, be sure to poem today! For today’s prompt, write a “how I’ll be remembered” poem. Show More Summary

Is Crowdfunding a Book Right for You? A Radically Transparent Crowdfunding Case Study for Authors

There are many models for publishing a book in today's indie environment. Some authors (like me) choose to be entirely independent, but others choose to work with partnership publishers or options like crowdfunding.   It's important to note that there is no ‘right' way to publish, it's up to you – but you need to know all […]

If things get too complicated at Thanksgiving...

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

If your family reunion at Thanksgiving gets too challenging, take a time out...

12 Novels About Dysfunctional Families

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

From the Middlesteins to the Lannisters — here are 12 novels about complicated, colorful, dysfunctional families that will make you laugh, cry, cringe, and reflect. Column by Emmanuel Nataf Which family dinners do you remember more?Show More Summary

The Way Strangers Laugh

People laugh faster than you.They laugh without thinking about it and they seem easier in themselves, like they were poured into their skin.Not like you.You feel like you're borrowing your skin, waiting for the owner to show up at a party, remember he lent it to you, and ask for it back. Show More Summary

The Top Five Thanksgiving Day Writing Tips

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

  Today you wake up, put the coffee on, and think of the long, luxurious weekend of eating and family time and days off from work. It’s Thanksgiving morning, and you couldn’t be happier about it. But as you go about your morning, you start to hear this niggling voice in your ear and your […]

5 Writing Perspectives to Be Thankful For

Every day at Writer’s Digest, I’m particularly thankful that I get to read about writing and edit some really skilled teachers and experts. The varied perspectives, voices and authorities on the craft keep me on my toes and enrich my experience as a writer and a reader. Show More Summary

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

Happy Thanksgiving! Today, I’m thankful for so much. As far as this challenge goes, we can write a poem and be a mere week from completing the poeming portion of it. Hurrah! For today’s prompt, write a preface poem. A preface is a super...Show More Summary

Flogometer 1035 for L Rita—are you compelled to turn the page?

Sorry I'm a little late on this, a doc appointment this morning. 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...

11 Unconventional Resources to Kick Your Historical Fiction Up a Notch

Typical resources—histories, documentaries, Wikipedia, Google—can provide facts and figures, contribute context, but good historical fiction needs more. Here are eleven resources to shake loose the soul of your setting so it can sparkle on the page. The post 11 Unconventional Resources to Kick Your Historical Fiction Up a Notch appeared first on

25 Gift Ideas For The Writer In Your Life (Even If That’s You!)

With Thanksgiving almost here and Christmas just around the corner, it's time to think about presents for the writer in your life. If that's you, then consider it as a reward for a good year's writing! Here are some ideas to get you started. Writing Tools How many times have you been in the shower […]

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