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On Becoming a Good Writing Mentor to Teen Girls

Christine Stoddard | Posted 07.28.2015 | Education
Christine Stoddard

I could hear them marching up the stairs and down the hallway like a pack of amateur pageant queens, performing for each other. There were only titters or guffaws, no moderate laughs. Everything was "very" or "totally" or "literally," not simply as it was.

If I Were Writing the Great American Novel

Dan Truong | Posted 07.27.2015 | Books
Dan Truong

If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would be white. If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would be 10-20 years older. If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would not look at the Wikipedia page for the Great American Novel daily, as if it held some sort of great and terrible secret that would tell me exactly what to write and how to write it.

The River Poets

Bridget Reddan | Posted 07.17.2015 | Parents
Bridget Reddan

The night she had her moment her uptight jawbone unhinged like a cobra gobbling up her customary talk of nature and her sons. The words golden and verdant remained a lumpy, ratlike meal at her throat as she opened up again and with a great deal of force pushed out the phrase, "big black d*ck."

Predictive Poetry

Todd Greenwood | Posted 07.17.2015 | Arts
Todd Greenwood

Ever notice when you type a word on your smart phone, it suggests the next word? Both IOS and Android have built similar timesaving predictive features into their keyboards.

How to Create a Life in Balance

Rebecca Perkins | Posted 07.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Perkins

Take out a piece of paper. Do some "unconscious" writing (writing without thinking too much, no corrections, no worrying about spelling or grammar, absolutely no editing -- it's a stream of consciousness). Write about your current situation, where you are and how it's making you feel.

The Science Of Drama: Same Old Stories

Robert Orlando | Posted 07.14.2015 | Entertainment
Robert Orlando

Next to religion, movie making (screen writing) suffers the most from audience mystification. While no one can pinpoint the initial spark of inspira...

5 Rituals and Routines That Changed My Writing Life

Jennifer Blanchard | Posted 07.07.2015 | Books
Jennifer Blanchard

Being a writer is a challenging creative pursuit, because as writers, we spend a lot of time alone, in our heads. And for the longest time writers have been told they should write "when they feel inspired."

Evolution of a Writer: An Interview With Elizabeth Gilbert

Omega Institute | Posted 07.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Omega Institute

Elizabeth Gilbert, the best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love, The Signature of All Things, and the forthcoming Big Magic, speaks with Omega about her...

MFA vs. MOM

Stephanie Land | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
 Stephanie Land

I see my self-identity in the same way I see most things: a list, in greatest to least importance. I've found I can't use the multitude of hats analogy or some kind of flow chart where circles are connected by lines and entwined in Venn diagrams. I need a list. I need a top shelf.

Crafting Compelling Fiction With Jim Heskett

Kate Fisher | Posted 06.23.2015 | Books
Kate Fisher

Imagine yourself deep in a forest. You notice your travel companions rifling through your backpack while muttering to themselves at half-volume. Unsettled, you retire to your tent where you find a mysterious key.

The Morning Routine That Enables Me to Keep Writing Novels

Warren Adler | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

What I have to offer writers here may or may not be scientifically valid for everyone, nor do I have evidence that it is the be all and end all for those who want to continue spinning their tales. But to those for whom novel writing is intellectual oxygen, here it is. Call it chicken soup for the brain.

What Judy Blume Taught Me About Writing

Melanie Biehle | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Melanie Biehle

Thanks to Judy Blume for her words of wisdom (and wit) about writing that she shared with me.

The Grand Conspiracy Against Publishing Your Book

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 06.15.2015 | Books
Iain S. Thomas

What did it matter how well I wrote? How hard I tried? Why bother rewriting anything? Why look for the cracks in what I'd already done? There was a vast conspiracy against me and my book and so, nothing was my fault. I was already perfect.

Five Tips to Keep You Passionate About Your Writing

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 06.09.2015 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

How can we stay on track, writing about those things which keep us passionate, when we must write for a living, day in and day out? Here are five tips to keep you passionate in your writing.

Why Your Creative Work Hasn't Made You Rich and Famous

Natasha Che | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
Natasha Che

Your heart's desires are those you carry in your bones. It makes you feel joyful and free just to think about them. They are the desires you would do anything for, out of your own will.

Coming Full Circle

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 06.05.2015 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

June 5, 2015. Later today I will attend one of over two dozen, year-end, in-school galas that are underway in InsideOut schools across Detroit. Each year at this time, iO students' eyes light up as they gather in their school cafeterias or auditoriums or libraries to open their beautiful books and find their words and their names for the first time.

On the Holiness of Plastic: Interviewing Dorothea Lasky

Max Ritvo | Posted 06.02.2015 | Arts
Max Ritvo

knew I was getting a teacher of ferocious passion and penetrating psychological insight from her poetry, which I had in read in The New Yorker, the Paris Review and in her four poetry collections.

You Will Find Your Voice

Honey Good | Posted 06.02.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

Sharing my life experiences as a mature woman by blogging comes naturally, because sharing is caring and I feel I have a lot to share.

In Defense of 'Depressing' Books

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 05.21.2015 | Books
The University of Central Florida Forum

As a creative writing instructor who assigns a lot of reading, I have at least a few introductory students each semester who complain about the material. It's not that it's too difficult or too dense. It's that it's too depressing. Reading the hard stuff can make you ache, but it can also feed you.

The Risks Of Never Reaching Inside Your Own Chest

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 05.18.2015 | Arts
Iain S. Thomas

Here's the truth: You'll never know what's in your heart unless you reach inside your own chest and squeeze it. It sounds painful. It sounds dangerous. This is mainly because it is.

Cheap, Distance Learning Alternatives to an MFA in Creative Writing

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 05.11.2015 | Education
Michael Ernest Sweet

I've known for the past year of so that I would have a special opportunity coming up in my life. Namely, time away from work to do something for mys...

Stephen Mooser on Kids, Books, Writing, and Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.08.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

If you are in any way, shape, or form interested in writing a book for kids, you're crazy not to hook up with this organization. There's so many smart, encouraging, inspiring, learned people both teaching workshops and attending them.

Has a Teacher Changed Your Life?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.07.2015 | Education
Lev Raphael

I had dreamed of being a writer since I was in second grade, but it wasn't until I took my first class with Kristin Lauer at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus that I fell in love with writing itself.

Bruce Holsinger on How to Write Historical Fiction, Plagues, Witches, Wars and Guns

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors met Jeff Holsinger at the Tucson Book Festival and when he told us about his book, The Invention of Fire, we just had to pick his brain about writing historical fiction, non-fiction, teaching fiction, plagues, witches, wars and guns.

Learn the Secrets of Publishing Stardom!

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.30.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

Throw out every writer's guide you've ever bought or downloaded. Shred all the notes you ever took at all those writing workshops. Forget everything your writing teachers told you in school. E.L. James, author of the blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey, has published a writing guide.