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Creative Writing

Real Genius: Indulge Your Curiosity

William Kenower | Posted 05.16.2016 | Home
William Kenower

I was having coffee with Frank, a childhood friend. We hadn't seen each other in many, many years, and so there was a lot to catch up on. For instance, since the last time we spoke he'd become a tenured American History professor and I'd written a few novels.

I Was Called a Poet

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 05.16.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Craig E. Sherman

Call me a fool or call me an idealist. All I know is through stillness and meditation at least for one day, I was called a poet.

No Offense: Why Not to Fear the Politically Correct Reader

William Kenower | Posted 05.12.2016 | Home
William Kenower

I'm going to begin this essay by breaking creative writing's most fundamental rule. I'm going to tell and not show. Here goes: It doesn't matter what anyone thinks about you. It only matters what you think about you.

3 Creative Ways To Market Your Business

Sophie Andrews | Posted 05.10.2016 | Business
Sophie Andrews

When you're a creative in business, it can be tempting to assume your work speaks for itself. Your images are awesome, your products are outstanding, and your words move people. If you build it he will come, right? Not necessarily.

John Dufresne on Writing, Getting Published, and His New Book, I Don't Like Where This Is Going

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.06.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

John Dufresne has had a long and distinguished career as a writer. He also teaches writing. Now that his new book, I Don't Like Where This Is Going, is out, we picked his brain about writing, books, publishing, and life.

Silly Poem of the Week: I'm Not Amused

Ovadya Batat | Posted 05.05.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Ovadya Batat

(image in an Inspiration Card by Diane Sherman) Hear me reading this poem to you: I'm sitting and staring, with nothing arising The mind is devisi...

The Night I Learned to Enjoy Marketing

William Kenower | Posted 05.05.2016 | Home
William Kenower

I had agreed to be a part of something called "Wine & Words." This is a yearly event held at a lovely outdoor mall in Issaquah, Washington, where for a nominal fee, folks could taste offerings from various winemakers, each of whom had set up temporary shop in a different store. Oh, and these same people could also meet local authors, who had also set up shop in the various stores.

Why Quitting Writing Was the Best Thing That Happened to Me

Lisa Kerr | Posted 05.02.2016 | Women
Lisa Kerr

Quitting gave me what I needed to feel healthy again; it gave me the distance from what (and who) was unhealthy for me. I needed to enjoy writing again without the self-imposed pressure to publish with a leading agent.

"Sun & Moon" Poetry

Meg DeBussey | Posted 04.21.2017 | Arts
Meg DeBussey

The sun shine singes my skin In prickly patches of abrasive tinges. Corrosive edges of Burnt starburst--bursting forth, Heavily heaved And collaps...

Getting Published, Or How to Remember What You Already Have

William Kenower | Posted 04.15.2017 | Home
William Kenower

Publishing, whether we are paid for it or not, is always an act of sharing. I have a story, and I'd like to share it with other people. It is not accu...

How to Handle Rejection: 6 Ways Writers Can Cope and Grow

Angela Tung | Posted 04.13.2017 | Arts
Angela Tung

"Rejections slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil - but there is no way...

Creatively Embracing My Heroin Past

Stephen Grant | Posted 04.13.2017 | Home
Stephen Grant

It doesn't matter if you have been using heroin for six months or six years; it is dangerously dark from the beginning and it only gets darker as you continue to use.

Julie Schumacher on Writing & Selling a Novel Written in the Form of Recommendation Letters

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.12.2017 | Home
David Henry Sterry

It's pretty rare when we, The Book Doctors, are reading the same book. Arielle tends to love books written by people who've been dead for several hund...

Exercising Your Writing Muscle

William Kenower | Posted 04.12.2017 | Home
William Kenower

The biggest change that occurs within anyone who exercises their writing muscle is not how they appear, but how they see the world. The writing muscle is a seeing muscle that can't be seen.

What Happens When Writers Are Valued By the Number of People Reading Them

Lauren Marie Fleming | Posted 04.07.2017 | Home
Lauren Marie Fleming

My follower base is not large, but it is mighty. I'm tired of letting other people dictate what value I give my following and my writing. Fame and fortune lost their allure years ago. Now I want connection.

Describing Shadows: Helping Our Readers Feel Better

William Kenower | Posted 04.07.2017 | Home
William Kenower

I believe that if you're going to write something and share it with other people, you ought to write something that leaves the reader feeling better at the end than they did at the beginning. It's a good business model, since everyone wants to feel better.

Whatever You Do, Just Start

Bianca Bass | Posted 04.07.2017 | Business
Bianca Bass

If you're waiting for the "right time", you'll be waiting forever. In fact, if your idea is worth it, you'll never feel ready. Progress begins at the end of your comfort zone. That's when it gets meaningful. That's when things get interesting.

Why Writing Requires Our Full Attention

William Kenower | Posted 04.01.2017 | Home
William Kenower

On Friday, my agent told me a publisher had made an offer on a book. How exciting! Though there were still a couple of other publishers to hear from, all indicators pointed toward this publisher. We'll know for sure by Tuesday, she told me.

Believing in What Your Write

William Kenower | Posted 03.30.2017 | Home
William Kenower

I cannot make anyone like what I have written, or buy what I have written, or praise what I have written. All I can do is believe that what I have written is worth sharing, and that continues to make all the difference.

Unblocking Writer's Block: 10 Ways to Free Your Mind

Angela Tung | Posted 03.29.2017 | Arts
Angela Tung

A 1940s study found four different types of blocked writers: those who were anxious, those who took their anger out on others, those who were apathetic, and those who were hostile and disappointed.

Lessons on Creativity for Adults

William Kenower | Posted 03.25.2017 | Home
William Kenower

The big difference between powerless houses and writers without live story ideas is that houses do not fix themselves. If the power is out, then somehow, somewhere, someone needs to turn it on again. For the writer, there is absolutely nothing to fix.

Writing Should Be Fun

William Kenower | Posted 03.22.2017 | Home
William Kenower

It's true that, if things go well, writing can become a job, a job within the business called publishing. Like all businesses, publishing would not exist unless it made money.

My Love Letter to Sarajevo

THINK Global School | Posted 03.22.2017 | Travel
THINK Global School

I can't believe you were the one to catch my eye. I don't believe in love at first sight, but the second I saw you, I was already in too deep. I had never seen such a place like you, with your enigmatic past and thriving future.

I Need Coffee: Make the Most of Pivot Points

Katie Rose Guest Pryal | Posted 03.21.2017 | Home
Katie Rose Guest Pryal

"I Need Coffee" is a monthly column on Huffington Post Books. INC (the initialism is deliberate) covers all sorts of writing topics, with an eye towar...

How to Believe in What You Write

William Kenower | Posted 03.18.2017 | Home
William Kenower

I used to think of "reality" as what I could see and taste and touch -- the stuff that has already been made and that everyone agrees exists. The more serious I became about my writing, the more impractical this concept of reality became.