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Creative Writing

The Quick and Kind Way to Get Out of Fear and Stuckness

Anna Lovind | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Anna Lovind

Before you know it, you're out of the maze and the road ahead of you is open again. You barely know how it happened. You didn't work it out or fix any problem. All you did was to stay with it. You kept on moving, ever so slowly. And it changed everything.

The Light of the Blank Page

William Kenower | Posted 08.17.2015 | Books
William Kenower

I write mostly memoir now, but it is still my job to forget the past. As a writer, it is my job to believe more in what will be than what was. After all, whether I am writing a memoir or a poem or a novel or a screenplay, my writing begins with a blank page

Effortless Acceptance

William Kenower | Posted 08.13.2015 | Books
William Kenower

For the first twenty years of writing, I experienced mostly rejection. For the last five years, I've experienced mostly acceptance. I have reduced rejection and acceptance down to this: rejection is always an expression of effort, and acceptance is always an expression of effortlessness.

10 Things You Should Never Say To A Writer

Laura Munson | Posted 08.08.2015 | Fifty
Laura Munson

#TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter is a trending hashtag on the internet and one which Jodi Picoult, Amy Tan and others are having fun with...so I thought I'd chime in. After three decades of living the writer's life, I have many more than ten juicy possibilities for this list. But here is my all-time personal favorite.

This Poet Taught Creative Writing To Prisoners And Learned An Incredible Lesson

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 08.04.2015 | Black Voices

Clint Smith has spent the last year teaching six incarcerated men in Massachusetts. Every Saturday for the past school year, Smith, a Louisiana nativ...

3 Simple Ways Writing Can Improve Your Life

Alicia T. Glenn | Posted 08.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Alicia T. Glenn

It is commonly known that writing is a habit of successful people. They've realized for years the benefits of jotting down their ideas and feelings, w...

Girl on the Rails, Once Upon a Time on Amtrak

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 07.30.2015 | Women
Kay Tacke Morse

I jump onto a train when I need to write and think. I avoid my laundry and my stories and the words and panties get piled up with life's multitude of ...

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.