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Creative Writing

You Are Not What You Write

William Kenower | Posted 02.09.2016 | Books
William Kenower

I realized recently that whether I'm writing, teaching, or even interviewing, I'm only interested in communicating one idea: Everything is okay, even though it looks like everything is not okay.

Poetry at Stake

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.09.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Poetry has the logic of memory, the spontaneity of dreams, yet is much like calculus--each line is, in a sense, an asymptote composed of and continu...

Nurturing The Young Social Justice Writer

Christine Stoddard | Posted 02.09.2016 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

While the other girls wrote about princesses and high school Queen Bees, Emily* wrote about Harriet Tubman. Her first piece in the week-long creative writing workshop began as an academic essay, but ended up being creative non-fiction.

3 Ways to Find the Writing Voice You Never Really Lost

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Posted 02.08.2016 | Books
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Life has a way of taking us away from ourselves in its acute and mundane manifestations, but it also can -- if we turn our attention to re-engaging our voice -- bring us right back to who we are, and what we have to say both on and off the page. Here are three DIY voice lessons.

The Beauty of Writing -- What I Wish All Writers Knew

Vanessa Carnevale | Posted 02.08.2016 | Books
Vanessa Carnevale

The first words are often the hardest, even when they come easily. The first words are ones that open up a new world, introduce us to new characters, ones that we might not necessarily be acquainted with, at least not in action even if you have filled the pages of a notebook with character traits and have countless images pinned on a Pinterest board.

She, Mother. Me, Daughter

Lisa Mae DeMasi | Posted 02.08.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Mae DeMasi

The room began to close in. The air got thick ... dense. Tension seeped into my pores. I grew smaller in stature -- shrunk right there in my chair before her, as if I was Alice and had just choked down a little red pill.

Got Writer's Block? Get Flowstate

Jesse Damiani | Posted 02.01.2016 | Media
Jesse Damiani

So you've finally decided to write that Great American Novel. Or maybe you need to jot down some notes for your next paper. Close your current word...

On the Impossibility of Teaching Creative Writing

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Have you ever heard of a tipperau? This is the first thing I ask my composition and creative writing students when I walk into a classroom on day on...

The Artist's Way Writing Challenge in 4 Steps

Chris Castiglione | Posted 01.29.2016 | Books
Chris Castiglione

There's no silver bullet. For one, I taped a sticky note on my wall to reminded me to "Write!"

How to Kill a Main Character Without Murdering Your Book

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.28.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

One of the worst mistakes I ever made as a green novelist was to ignore the advice of editors and friends who told me certain manuscripts needed overhauling.

Every Writer Is Their Own Lawyer

William Kenower | Posted 01.27.2016 | Books
William Kenower

I interview writers of all genres for Author magazine and Author2Author. If I wanted to, however, I could devote an entire magazine to interviews with...

Reading Henry James Changed My Life

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.27.2016 | Books
Lev Raphael

I was reading The Portrait of a Lady -- which many critics consider The Great American Novel -- at 3 AM when I came to the famous Chapter 42.

How to Get the Best Results

William Kenower | Posted 01.26.2016 | Books
William Kenower

Books are finished one interesting sentence at a time. There's simply no other way to do it. The most practical question I can ask, whether I'm writing a book or building a career, is, "What is the most interesting choice I can make at this moment?"

I Don't Like Poetry, I'm Not a Poetry Person

Tara Skurtu | Posted 01.25.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Every time I hear someone say "I don't like poetry," or "I'm not a poetry person," I think the opposite is true. I believe everyone is a poetry person. Poetry is just a form of storytelling, and we're born to tell stories.

How to Accept Your Readers

William Kenower | Posted 01.25.2016 | Books
William Kenower

I had not understood, until I began sharing my work regularly, how much this difference between what I thought I had written and what my readers read had served as a quiet impediment to getting published.

My Dear Friend, the Dirty

Lisa Mae DeMasi | Posted 01.22.2016 | Taste
Lisa Mae DeMasi

It's a beautiful thing, the vodka martini. Even the word vod-ka sounds terribly exotic, provocative, so undeniably Russian.

7 Reasons Why I Keep My Home WiFi-Free

Carmella Guiol | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Carmella Guiol

The Internet is a great tool, but it is also a risky one. We have all fallen victim to the Internet's black hole effect, reemerging hours later to wonder where the day went. We pay in time and peace of mind what we get in "convenience." These are a few reasons why I keep wifi out of my home.

How to Accept Rejection

William Kenower | Posted 01.22.2016 | Books
William Kenower

Most writers view rejection as their professional enemy. A writing career requires acceptance, after all. If a writer received nothing but rejection, that writer wouldn't have a career at all. Except writers cannot hate rejection.

The Biggest Mistake Writers Make in Their Query Letters

Alana Saltz | Posted 01.20.2016 | Books
Alana Saltz

As a writer, professional editor, and former intern for one of the top literary agencies in New York City, I've seen my fair share of query letters. A number of minor issues tend to pop up fairly consistently, but there's one mistake I see writers making again and again.

Why Everyone Has Time To Write

William Kenower | Posted 01.20.2016 | Books
William Kenower

Many of the students I meet at writers' conferences complain that they don't have enough time to write. These men and women have full-time jobs, marriages, children, hobbies, parties to attend and favorite television shows to follow.

Wake Up White Writers! When underlying racism sneaks into our work

Tamar Halpern | Posted 01.19.2016 | Arts
Tamar Halpern

Nobody wants to be called a racist. But I'm calling some of us out in Hollywood. I'm not talking about white-cloaked Klansmen burning a cross or Don...

The Talent Myth

William Kenower | Posted 01.12.2016 | Books
William Kenower

To me, the story of talent is a horror story. Since I'm a writer, and since I very much want to know success, want to share my work with as many people as possible, then I absolutely must be one those people with talent. But how do I know if I've got it?

The Real Reason Books Aren't Finished

William Kenower | Posted 01.07.2016 | Books
William Kenower

Whether I am writing fiction or non-fiction, writing is like slipping into a kind of dream. I must forget about the world in which I am actually living and enter the world of the story I would like to tell.

True Life: I'm An Entrepreneur

Jamie Jensen | Posted 01.06.2016 | Business
Jamie Jensen

Whether you're starting your biz, thinking about starting your biz, or are already face deep in your biz, this is for you. Because while having your own business is WONDERFUL, it's also full of stress and annoyances. YES -- You gain choices, freedom, flexibility, unlimited income possibilities, creative carte blanche.

How to Create Content That Resonates With Readers

Margarita Hakobyan | Posted 01.06.2016 | Business
Margarita Hakobyan

According to marketers surveyed in the beginning of 2015, 30% of them viewed content marketing as the most important trend for the year. Cited reasons include increasing traffic to your website, increase the perception of your business as knowledgeable and engaged with customers, and improving search engine ratings.