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Tales Of A Former Girl Rapper

BECAUSE I WAS A GIRL | Emma Gray | Posted 03.01.2017 | Women

By Elizabeth Acevedo, Edited by Melissa de la Cruz This essay is excerpted from the forthcoming BECAUSE I WAS A GIRL: TRUE STORIES FOR GIRLS OF ALL AG...

WILD WEST NO.1

Elijah Sevier | Posted 02.16.2017 | Arts
Elijah Sevier

S- get something out onto the paper, your spit maybe, or the rancid longing that has become a situational hazard, and a worm in the rose kind of virtu...

CITY SLICKER NO.1

Elijah Sevier | Posted 02.16.2017 | Arts
Elijah Sevier

E, I don't know what the desert has done to you really, but I find it like a breath of fresh air compared to the "it's all well and in good-order" ty...

How to Embrace the Gift of Criticism

Linda Gray Sexton | Posted 02.14.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Linda Gray Sexton

This past October, I received the news from my literary agent that the novel I'd been laboring over and believed was finished, needed more work before...

Even Creatives Need To Follow A Routine

Sophie Andrews | Posted 02.14.2017 | Business
Sophie Andrews

Creative entrepreneurs need to source this inspiration on a regular basis to fuel their work and their passions.

kwäləfəˈkāSH(ə)n/ or, How Meaningful Are Degrees, Really? or, Why I'm not eligible for an MA in Creative Writing

Anthea Rowan | Posted 02.10.2017 | Women
Anthea Rowan

Qualification. It's a lofty word. Imperious. A mouthful; five whole syllables: qual•i•fi•ca•tion. What does it mean? The dictionary defines it...

11 Rituals for New Year's

Sofia Rose Smith | Posted 01.02.2017 | Religion
Sofia Rose Smith

photo by Sofia Rose Smith For the past five years, I haven't gone to a party on New Year's Eve. Before that, I'd have champagne with friends. A cou...

Dreaming Big: When Your Imagination Meets Reality

William Kenower | Posted 11.30.2016 | Home
William Kenower

Like many writers I know, I had big dreams for myself when I began my first book. I imagined myself winning all the usual awards, appearing at the top...

Bad Results: Writing, Elections, And What I Can Depend On

William Kenower | Posted 11.29.2016 | Home
William Kenower

The day after, I sat with my teenage son, who seemed as unnerved by the results as by the sight of his parents' conspicuous despair. I explained to him that I was accustomed to thinking of the government as being like our home's electricity, something I knew would be there to allow me to do the things I wanted to do.

How to Write Characters That Feel Real

Quora | Posted 11.22.2016 | Home
Quora

What are some tips for creating characters that feel very real and full? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling...

Writers - When Is Short Too Short?

Carl Phillips | Posted 11.18.2016 | Arts
Carl Phillips

"Clutter is the disease of American writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words" ― William Zinsser, On Writing Well: The Classic Gui...

Are Essay Writing Services Worth It?

Rahis Saifi | Posted 11.04.2016 | Education
Rahis Saifi

The risk of getting caught after using a writing service isn't worth taking if your degree depends on it.

The Boredom Vaccine And Why You Need It Now

Laura A Boggs | Posted 11.02.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Laura A Boggs

I have no idea what will happen, which means I'm on shaky ground. I feel like a tourist, with an orange jacket and clunky white sneakers. This is a good thing.

Writers - 5 Reasons You Should Write for an Audience of One

Carl Phillips | Posted 10.17.2016 | Arts
Carl Phillips

However many people end up reading our work, each individual person will have their own relationship with what we have written. Some will love what we write, some will be indifferent and some will flat out hate it.

Curiosity: The Path to Finding Your Voice

William Kenower | Posted 10.12.2016 | Home
William Kenower

Until you have found your voice, no matter how diligently you study craft, writing will remain frustratingly unknowable, the blank page a moving target you come to fear and resent.

Following Trouble: Why Writing is Never a Problem

William Kenower | Posted 09.29.2016 | Home
William Kenower

Writers cultivate trouble. Without trouble we'd have nothing to write about. If we write fiction, we sit at our desk and imagine the most interesting ...

From Midlist to Megabestseller: Christina Baker Kline on Selling your First Novel, Maximizing Writers' Conferences and Making a Living While Writing

David Henry Sterry | Posted 09.29.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

We are lucky to live in a town called Montclair, New Jersey. We had no idea when we moved here how many amazing writers would live within a stone's th...

Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be Writers

Jacy Sutton | Posted 09.27.2016 | Arts
Jacy Sutton

Lately I've been having accounting fantasies. I dream about a career where there is a definitive answer. Where numbers either add up or they don't. Th...

Rejecting Stories: Becoming the Author of Your Life

William Kenower | Posted 09.25.2016 | Home
William Kenower

For years I had two separate and apparently contradictory experiences when I wrote. Sometimes the writing was effortless. I would sink quickly into the dream of the story I was telling and find myself carried along as if in a current.

The Long and Winding Road to Finding a Literary Agent

Sharon Van Epps | Posted 09.19.2016 | Arts
Sharon Van Epps

I've been writing my entire adult life, so this wasn't my first attempt at attracting representation, but this time, I succeeded. I thought I'd share some reflections on the process that might help other aspiring writers out there. How do you know when you're really ready to pursue and work with an agent?

5 Things You Need To Know About Writing Before Becoming A Writer

Thomas Kuegler | Posted 09.15.2016 | HuffPost Home
Thomas Kuegler

"Here it comes, my masterpiece, my Sistine Chapel, my Old Man And The Sea. Aaand it's gone." -Me, sitting at my laptop writing, every day. Writing ...

Write Yourself Crazy Write Yourself Sane

Sherry Bronson | Posted 09.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Sherry Bronson

Creative writers love words. They love their smell, their silky texture, the way they melt like chocolate on the back of the tongue. In my twenties ...

A Writer's Best Question: What Next?

William Kenower | Posted 09.07.2016 | Home
William Kenower

Music was a big part of my life growing up. Though I would come to love classical music as a teenager and young adult, my first love was popular music...

Writer's Block? Resistance? How to Let Your Creativity Off the Leash

Michaela Haas | Posted 08.29.2016 | Home
Michaela Haas

Eighty percent of people want to write a book. But only a few ever complete the task. Why? Writing coach Deb Norton helps writers harness their creativity.

Write What You Really Know

William Kenower | Posted 08.24.2016 | Home
William Kenower

Write your stories about the feelings you know. If you have lived, you have learned the difference between one feeling and another. Your questions about your stories are usually questions about what you already know to be true.