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Dear Me

Opening up your lunch box, you expect to find your normal mixture of baby carrots, a slightly-mushed sandwich and a clementine. But today's different. Instead of the food you swore you had packed that morning, there's a mysterious note...Show More Summary

What Every Writer Needs to Know about Keeping a Personal Diary

Put aside any thought of a little pink diary with Hello Kitty on the cover, secured by a lock that can be jimmied with a toothpick. I’m here to talk about why keeping diary may hold the key to achieving a meaningful adult life. ThisShow More Summary

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 5

If you live in or around Northern Georgia, try getting out to Blue Ridge on Saturday for the Blue Ridge Writer’s Conference. I’ll be there and leading two sessions focused on poetry. Click to continue. For today’s prompt, we’ve actually got two prompts (that is, a Two-for-Tuesday prompt). Show More Summary

How to Write for Teens Without Sounding Like an Adult Writing for Teens

To write a good young adult novel you need to get yourself back to thinking like a teenager again. This high school English teacher and YA novelist offers up 10 practical tips on how to do just that. The post How to Write for Teens Without Sounding Like an Adult Writing for Teens appeared first on

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

I know we’re writing poetry this month, but I thought you might want to check out this new podcast for writers that I’m doing with Brian A. Klems. In our first two episodes, we’ve talked with C. Hope Clark about funds writers can find to help their careers and Carol Topp, CPA, about taxes and business structures for writers. Show More Summary

New Literary Agent Alert: Lori Galvin of Zachary Shuster Harmsworth

She is seeking: Lori seeks cookbook authors with a strong point of view, a solid grounding in their field, and a talent for motivating cooks of all stripes to get into the kitchen. She is also on the lookout for compelling narratives about food and drink, whether memoir or cultural commentary, serious or steeped in humor. Show More Summary

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 3

The third day of about any new routine is the hardest, including the 2016 April PAD Challenge. Let’s get through this together and own this month of poeming. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Three (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Show More Summary

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 2

The 2016 April PAD Challenge shuffles along to Day 2. Let’s unwrap today’s prompt. For today’s prompt, write a what he said and/or what she said poem. Maybe he or she said a rumor; maybe he or she gave directions; or maybe he or she said something that made absolutely no sense at all. Show More Summary

How I Got My Literary Agent: Amber Brock

Amber Brock, author of debut novel A FINE IMITATION (May 3, 2016, Crown), shares her long journey to representation and eventual publication. The post How I Got My Literary Agent: Amber Brock appeared first on

How to Use Surprise to Build Suspense

This guest post is from Jane K. Cleland, author of Mastering Suspense, Structure, & Plot: How to Writing Gripping Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats, the award-winning Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series, and four nonfiction books. Show More Summary

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 1

Here we are: Day 1 of the 2016 April PAD Challenge. Time to poem! But first, I just want to remind folks that it’s great to share your poems in the comments; just make sure you save a copy somewhere else too. While it hasn’t happened in a few years, there’s always the chance some kind of techno-hiccup makes your poem disappear…forever. Show More Summary

Is Your Book Autobiographical?

This is a question I love being asked because it is such a fertile one, although my first responses are succinct: “No way!” – pause, then, “Absolutely!” Well, it’s a jumble of both. Here's why. The post Is Your Book Autobiographical? appeared first on

Early Bird Deadline April 1: Writer’s Digest Conference in NYC

The Writer's Digest Annual Conference is one of the biggest events for writers in the country with a chance to pitch agents face-to-face. Sign up now for the best registration price. The post Early Bird Deadline April 1: Writer’s Digest Conference in NYC appeared first on

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 347

It’s kind of hard to believe, but we’re about to embark on another month of poeming daily in just a couple days. Check out the 2016 April PAD Challenge guidelines here. For today’s prompt, write a preparation poem. Sure, I’m preparing...Show More Summary

Word: Twitter Hashtag #90sABook Was All That and a Bag of Chips

Last week, bookseller Barnes & Noble tapped into our collective nostalgia with its #90sABook hashtag on Twitter, asking readers to reinvent popular book titles by pairing them with relics of the 90s. The Twittersphere happily obliged—and the resulting delightful, clever melds will amuse any literary buff. Show More Summary

Eleventh Annual Popular Fiction Awards Grand Prize Winner: “Don’t Be Scarred”

“Don’t be Scarred” by Kristen Roupenian, is the Grand Prize winning story for the Eleventh Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards, besting 1,300 entries across six genres: crime, horror, romance, science fiction, thriller, and young adult. Show More Summary

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by J. Aaron Sanders

J. Aaron Sanders, author of SPEAKERS OF THE DEAD (March 2016, Plume) shares the seven most important lessons of his writing and publishing career. The post 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by J. Aaron Sanders appeared first on

Enter the Void

At first it's like any other day. You wake up, shower, start to brew your morning cup of coffee, and that's when you notice—outside the window, there's nothing there. Just an endless black void. What happened? Where are you? How do you get back to reality? The post Enter the Void appeared first on

6 Things Fargo (Season 1) Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly those authors who write in your genre. But I think there’s a lot you can learn about writing from other mediums, too. Show More Summary

New Literary Agent Alert: Elise Erickson of Harold Ober Associates

Elise is seeking: romance and all of its subgenres, women's fiction, paranormal, mystery including clever cozy mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, commercial literary fiction, and some YA. She is particularly drawn to stories that...Show More Summary

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