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Creative Writing

In The Word

Willett Thomas | Posted 02.10.2014 | Fifty
Willett Thomas

It had been two weeks since the child was delivered to my doorstop. Two months since I stood on my stoop and watched the woman with her little foster ...

Rattlesnakes & The Moon

Darlin’ Neal | Posted 02.03.2014 | Fifty
Darlin’ Neal

The full moon shines into the bedroom. Scotty gets up, careful not to wake his wife, Sophie, and goes into the kitchen to take the insulin he forgot e...


Eldon Taylor | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Eldon Taylor

If you wish to change your personality or write the next Harry Potter series, think of the creativity involved to do so. Enhancing your creativity is not only essential for unmasking your hidden talents, but it's also pure simple fun!

Mandarian Training School

Mary Maddox | Posted 01.27.2014 | Fifty
Mary Maddox

She has forgotten their names, but she remembers the nicknames Zitrina gave them. "Zitrina" was the nickname inflicted on Zitrina by herself. Her pa...

On Success

Pauline Delpech | Posted 03.25.2014 | World
Pauline Delpech

You see, when I was 20 years old, I was petrified and terrified. So I dreamt. I didn't dream of a rich, beautiful, fulfilling and sweet life. I dreamt of a flamboyant life, social and reassuring in these young years. I was lacking the idea of success.

Taking Applications

Roxie Emerson | Posted 03.15.2014 | Fifty
Roxie Emerson

Reality TV is basically surreal. So is the art of dating. Just how many "How To" and "How Not To" books are out there? The lines just blur. . . One...

The Woman Of Many Containers

Chuck Nyren | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Chuck Nyren

Her arm was in the air. She studied it - first lengthwise, then side to side with patient rotations, then by kneading and pinching it. She reached f...

Shadowed Solitude

Donald Baker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Donald Baker

Vince hid the look of disbelief as he stared at the twenty-something punk who had just asked him the ridiculous question. Worse, had done it with a s...


Eugenie de Rosier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Eugenie de Rosier

Susan Benedict was leaving the grocery store when she noticed a black man in a leather fedora waiting at the bus stop some distance off. A clerk pushe...

For the Holidays: The Gift of Artistic Expression

Mary Crescenzo | Posted 02.19.2014 | Arts
Mary Crescenzo

As an multidisciplinary artist and teaching artist, the unique gift I can give myself and others is the opportunity to create something through artistic expression. But, we all, as humans, have the power in us to do the same. Why?

Ol' One-With-Nature

Pieter Hudsen | Posted 02.08.2014 | Fifty
Pieter Hudsen

Sometimes it is necessary to lie about the little things in order to tell a larger truth. Like the time I was attacked by a herd of bears. I was ...

13 Adventurous Hiking Tales

Maptia | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel

From the inaugural Storytelling Theme on Maptia, we bring you the inspiring tales of thirteen mountainous adventures from all over the world. You can see them laid out on the map below.

Did They Tell You

Greg Kiser | Posted 02.01.2014 | Fifty
Greg Kiser

The light is dark and somehow blurry but that doesn't make any sense because that's not how you describe light. Light is photons and photons are not ...

Content Creation: Is It Time for a Re-Brand?

Scott MacFarland | Posted 01.31.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

If the word content is aligned with clutter, and we also can probably assume it's overused (more on that later); maybe it's time for a re-brand.

The Death Of Peter Rabbit: A Tale From The Shire

Steve Davis | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Steve Davis

Smithshire is a town born of a railroad from a prairie bog, less than a town but more than a crossroads, in fact no road crosses in Smithshire, but th...

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: Introducing "Dear Writing Geek."

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

In case you haven't noticed, I love to talk and write about writing (when I'm not actually writing). Another confession: I love to get mail. Ask an...

A Writer's Obligation

Paul Florez | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Paul Florez

As writers, we ultimately sell ourselves out. When I find the courage to write about my family, friends or some unassuming stranger, I'm not revealing a truth about them. I am revealing a truth about myself.

Confession Contamination in Cook County: Demonizing Youth in False Confession Narratives

Steve Drizin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago
Steve Drizin

In Cook County's juvenile false confession cases, police officers and prosecutors have taken confession contamination to a new level. Not only did they feed facts to suspects, they scripted entire narratives for them.

Writing Taboo

Tracy Strauss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Tracy Strauss

While sexual abuse may be the context of my memoir, it is not my story. My story, in fact, is not about trauma or anything remotely "taboo" -- my story is about transcendence.

Lesson Plan

D.N. Campbell | Posted 11.04.2013 | Fifty
D.N. Campbell

Teaching seventh grade is certainly a challenge, some would say a problem and a few, a horror. This used to be described as a time of transition from ...

19 Tips to Keep Your Writing Career in High Gear

Tom Lowery | Posted 12.31.2013 | Business
Tom Lowery

Anyone who's a writer will tell you it does have advantages but can be tough. For many, the challenges are nearly insurmountable. Whether an author of books, articles or a blog, the best of us embrace those challenges and allow them to shape us.

Skeletons And Angels

Eric Schneider | Posted 12.31.2013 | Fifty
Eric Schneider

"Shhh! Hannah! You must keep him quiet," Arthur hissed, "or we will die here!" Late one night in the fall of 1937, Hannah and Arthur Bloomberg hid in...

An Honest Ghost: A Novel by Rick Whitaker

Filip Noterdaeme | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Filip Noterdaeme

Taken out of their original context and ingeniously recycled into a mosaic of quotations, these sentences now tell a compelling new story that, according to the author, bears a close resemblance to his own life.


Leslie Lass | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Leslie Lass

Chapter One He kill Win in the wood and dump her in the soupy part of the Sunderland. All the children was woo-wooing down the street with the candy ...

4 F-Words That Support Your Child As a Writer

Allena Tapia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Allena Tapia

Viewing the avalanche of apps, platforms and other technology out there as a potential favor to your child's education, and writing in general, is a good thing.