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6 Tips for Writing a Great Police Procedural

There’s much more to a great police procedural than just getting the procedures right. Here, Carrie Smith shares her secrets. The post 6 Tips for Writing a Great Police Procedural appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

Puzzles & Games for Writers: Word Search

Try a fun writing-themed word search in the first installment in this series of puzzles, quizzes, brain teasers and games for writers. The post Puzzles & Games for Writers: Word Search appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

Table for Two

Write a story or scene about two people—or other nonhuman characters, if you prefer—from very different backgrounds sharing a meal together. What do they learn about each other that they weren't expecting? The post Table for Two appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) Day;” replace the blank with a word or phrase; make the new phrase the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Possible titles might include: “Happy Day,” “Sunny Day,” “Thanksgiving...Show More Summary

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 21

It’s time for our third Two-for-Tuesday prompt. If you’re new to these challenges, you can pick either one prompt or the other. Or decide to do both. Your choice. For today’s Two-for-Tuesday prompt: Write a construction poem. Construction paper, construction hats, and so on. Show More Summary

7 Tips to Increase Your Odds of Placing in Poetry Contests

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Playing to the judges: There’s a decent amount of money to be made winning poetry contests – if you reach a point where you can consistently place. Here are 7 tips to increase your odds. Column by Annie Neugebauer There’s a decent amount of money to be made winning poetry contests – if you reach a point where you can consistently place. Show More Summary

Storyville: Life, Death, Dreams, and Failure

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

What are you doing about your dreams? Go after them now. TODAY! Column by Richard Thomas When I heard the news of LitReactor Co-Founder Kirk Clawes passing away, it really floored me. It totally caught me off guard, as death often does. Show More Summary

Winter Rest

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the earth is bedding down for a long winter’s nap. The daylight hours are short, shorter, shortest, and the nights are long and cold.  Bears are hibernating deep in their caves. Deciduous trees have shed their leaves. In my garden, all life has fled underground, where energy is being stored for the […]

Welcome to the Editor’s Clinic

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

There’s a limit to what you can learn about writing from reading about it.  Yes, articles can explain techniques you can use or point out traps you might fall into.  They can help you see some aspects of your writing more clearly. But when you try to put all this advice into play, you find […]

Develop Daily Writing Resilience to Succeed

“Writing is so difficult that I feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter.”—Jessamyn West The dead aren’t supposed to walk among us, but they do. I’ve seen them—writers frazzled from publishing’s...Show More Summary

A Three-Step Preliminary Acid Test of Whether You Might Be a Good Fiction Writer

Can you become a good fiction writer? It's a prudent question to ask before diving in. Try this three-step test to see if you're ready to take the plunge. The post A Three-Step Preliminary Acid Test of Whether You Might Be a Good Fiction Writer appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

10 Books to Make You Feel Thankful

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

If you're like me, books are tied to many things in your life. As we sit down this holiday season, I offer you ten books that, for a variety of reasons, make me feel thankful. Column by Gabino Iglesias Health. Family. Another day above ground. Show More Summary

Austin 2017 Three Page Challenge

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig review four Three-Page Challenge entries with the help of Daniela Garcia-Brcek (Literary Manager at Circle of Confusion) and Cullen Conly (Literary Agent at ICM). We then invite the writers up to discuss the notes. It’s not just craft, though. Our special guests give us a behind-the-scenes look at the realities of representation. […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 325: (Adjective) Soldier — Transcript

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: Mazin is name Craig mine. John: This is Episode 325 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the program we’ll be answering a bunch of […]

6 Key Traits for Writing the Contemporary Literary Heroine

Today’s female reader is pressed for time, demanding as hell, and both scared and excited about the future. If you want to craft a dynamic literary heroine, you must speak to that. The post 6 Key Traits for Writing the Contemporary Literary Heroine appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

5 Ways to Save Your Character From a Drowning Story

When a story isn't working, you may be able to save your character by stripping away everything else and rebuilding using sturdier, more developed bricks. The post 5 Ways to Save Your Character From a Drowning Story appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

Adult Coloring Books: The Great Mystery

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Adult coloring books rode into town on a white stallion in 2015 and have been flourishing ever since. Why?? Column by Stephanie Bonjack Adult coloring books simultaneously fill me with curiosity and snark. What is this strange, veryShow More Summary

Flog a BookBubber 114: Katy Munger

Writers, send your prologue/first chapter to FtQ for a “flogging” critique. Email as an attachment. Many of the folks who utilize BookBub are self-published, and because we hear over and over the need for self-published authors to have their work...

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If you feel you benefit from my blog, please do me the favor of taking a couple of minutes to watch the video below. Then, whether you want to visit the Kickstarter page or not, please pass this link to...

The Birth of Jace Salome

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Barker sets his protagonist down in a world peppered predominantly with men; men who bulge with maleness and refuse to stop spraying their eau de testosterone everywhere. Column by Trey R. Barker …[Jace]…looked at the cells. Fifty cells on the bottom tier, fifty cells on the top tier. Show More Summary

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