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7 Ways Visual Art Can Help You Write Better Flash Fiction

7 Ways Visual Art Can Help You Write Better Flash Fiction

Writing in response to visual art is one of the most powerful creative and literary tools you can have in your arsenal. It’s called ekphrastic writing, and is a very effective teacher.

Get Paid to Write for Magazines (Interview)

Get Paid to Write for Magazines (Interview)

How can you pitch magazines to start earning a living from writing? How do you build your author platform and embrace rejection? Find out in this new interview with freelancer Mike Pietrzak.
Read This Before You Sign a Publishing Deal

Read This Before You Sign a Publishing Deal

So you finally got a contract. What does it mean? It was given to you by industry professionals. A thousand other writers have signed this same contract, so it must be safe, right. Wrong.

The Top 10 Tips For Dealing With Criticism Like A Pro

The Top 10 Tips For Dealing With Criticism Like A Pro

Red pens are the stuff of nightmares. But receiving constructive criticism in a healthy way is as important to a writer’s career as, well, knowing how to write.
The Top 10 Mistakes Authors Make When Querying

The Top 10 Mistakes Authors Make When Querying

So you’ve finished that manuscript you’ve been working on for years, and now you’re ready to query. Before you fire off those amazing query letters, don’t do some of these things...

The Top 10 Tips For Writing Great Short Stories

The Top 10 Tips For Writing Great Short Stories

Not every writer has the passion and time to write a novel. Or maybe you do write novels but want to try something different. If so, writing short stories might be for you.
The Ultimate Guide To Writing YA Fiction [2020]

The Ultimate Guide To Writing YA Fiction [2020]

This is a comprehensive guide to writing young adult (YA) fiction, designed to help you form your thoughts into a shape that will hook your readers and keep them flipping the page!
2 Ways To Improve Your Non-Fiction Articles Immediately

2 Ways To Improve Your Non-Fiction Articles Immediately

Hearing internet crickets days after publishing an article you thought would engage your readers hurts deeply. Here's how to boost your engagement.
How to Query 101

How to Query 101

I doubt anything induces anxiety for writers more than querying. Let’s face it, writing and editing are much more rewarding...

5 Self-Editing Mistakes to Avoid At All Costs

5 Self-Editing Mistakes to Avoid At All Costs

You’ve finally written the last page of your book. The murderer’s revealed, the lovers united, etc.—time to crack open the bubbly, right? Not quite.

The 4 Stages of Editing a Book [Explained!]

The 4 Stages of Editing a Book [Explained!]

Nothing sobers up a writer quite like realizing that the brilliant prose you birthed the night before is in desperate need of polishing by the morning. 
How NOT To Query

How NOT To Query

Guest post by author @StephanJHahn. I am no expert in the art of the query letter. In fact, I’m deep in the trenches of a war that I don’t even w...