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6 Ways Being A Journalist Can Make You A Better Creative Writer

6 Ways Being A Journalist Can Make You A Better Creative Writer

Journalists & creative writers both witness change in the world, and invite us to think critically about how people navigate those joys & challenges.
The Top 25 Online Writers’ Conferences in 2021

The Top 25 Online Writers’ Conferences in 2021

As COVID-19 continues its march, writers' conferences have gone online. We compiled a list of the best events in 2021. Enjoy!
How To Write Historical Fiction

How To Write Historical Fiction

So you’ve decided to write a historical fiction novel. You enjoy writing, and you adore history, so combining your two loves is a natural step. But before you take that leap into the past, there are a few things you might want to think about.
Why Most Writers Give Up & How To Persist To Publication

Why Most Writers Give Up & How To Persist To Publication

The road to becoming a successful, or even satisfied, writer can be a long one, but it doesn't have to be unenjoyable. Here's why most writers stress out about their craft and what to do about it.

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.

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 [2021]

The Ultimate Guide To Writing YA Fiction [2021]

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!
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...
Rejecting Rejection

Rejecting Rejection

Guest post by author Samantha Dodd. Twitter: @authordodd So you’ve finally finished your manuscript, poured your time, energy, heart, and soul int...