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Creative Writing

How Your Body Is a Gateway to Your Creative Expression

Brooke Warner | Posted 03.29.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Here's something to consider. If you knew your creativity was something inside of you that you could treat, would you do it? If, like chi, it just needed to get unblocked, would you pursue opportunities to make that happen?

Cat Woman, Cat Lady: Aliases of Womanhood in 'You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek)'

Aileen McGraw | Posted 03.27.2015 | Books
Aileen McGraw

Helene Pappamarkou, Melena the Leopard Girl, Yagureté or "true carnivorous beast": these names are aliases, and Eleni Sikelianos jumps into each one in her genre-refusing essay-memoir-invention You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek).

Ask Yourself This Question if You Want to Live a Creative Life

Natasha Che | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Natasha Che

The new year started in a whirlwind. I wrote three essays over the holidays. Two of them got on media outlets of high traffic volume. The third one ...

Want to Be Inspired and Authentic? Start Writing More

Faisal Hoque | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Faisal Hoque

Writing has allowed me to find myself when I found myself looking for answers. But most importantly, like Anne Frank, it allows me to build courage consistently to pursue my dream. I hope you will take the time to find your voice using your writing as your guide post.

Did Hemingway Really Say "Write Your Pants Off!"?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

You'll often read or hear the advice that writing is basically getting to it, sitting down and doing it, or more elegantly that 'The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.'

Pen or Computer: Which is Better for Creativity?

Warren Adler | Posted 03.21.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

I must admit that it took a while to get over my fear. When I slowed down or met an obstacle while writing, I wondered whether or not the disruption was due to the new process and the difficulties of having to remember the new strokes on a computer keyboard.

How to Break Through Writer's Block... by Sitting Around Doing Nothing (Except Meditating!)

Amy Spies | Posted 03.11.2015 | Arts
Amy Spies

Mindfulness helps me acknowledge my self-critical distractions, embrace the present of momentary sensations, scents, feelings, inhales, and then exhale it into my writing.

Remorse Culture and The Boyhood Witness: Ryan Spooner's Regret

Kelly Forsythe | Posted 03.11.2015 | Books
Kelly Forsythe

In his debut collection of essays, Regret (Lettered Streets Press, 2014), author Ryan Spooner explores these assumptions with gentle regard, subtle self-consciousness, and a wholly new type of investigation into masculinity.

New Year's Resolutions? Not for Me, Thanks

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.03.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

I haven't made a New Year's Resolution in many years, because they've always struck me as somewhat desperate. A bit like lines drawn in the sand: bold and dramatic and exciting. That is, until the tide comes in and washes them away.

52 Things Ideas for Writers for 2015

Brooke Warner | Posted 03.01.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

A couple years ago my friends and I made a list of 52 goals we wanted to accomplish, the equivalent of a bucket list for a year's worth of achievable things. Most of them were simple goals, but measurable.

Creating Yourself with Words

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

There's a renegade thrill to Vonnegut's wisdom. Going into the arts as a career can render you into fiscal dreck, but the act of producing art, particularly writing, will endow your interiority with a sense of plenitude, of satisfaction that is hard to replicate.

I Don't Need More Inspiration to Write--I Need More Time!

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.27.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Writer Dinty Moore recently posted a pithy Jack London quote on his Facebook page: "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."

Twitter's Unexpected Benefits

S. L. Young | Posted 02.22.2015 | Education
S. L. Young

Twitter and other social media tools aren't always celebrated as meaningful message delivery tools, but Twitter is one of my best technological friends.

4 Killer Ways Writers Can Combat Rejection

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.21.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

I got fan mail and queries from agents -- but for five years after that, not one editor anywhere accepted another story of mine. Rejection is a part of every writer's life. How do you deal with it and keep going?


Toni Volk | Posted 12.22.2014 | Fifty
Toni Volk

The night was clear, the air dry, the temperature hot. Except for the distant cries of monkeys, and a rustle of wings that suggested bats nearby, it w...

Time Management for Creative Types

Katie Morton | Posted 02.15.2015 | Books
Katie Morton

Time management sounds like such a dry topic, but it's really about letting some things go so that you can do what you love. These two strategies won't work for everyone, and it's of critical importance to discern which strategy works best for you.

External Deflators: How to Deal With the Naysayers

Peter Himmelman | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

You need to be careful about who you share your goals with, especially when they're in their early stages. Because they're still under-developed, these nascent ideas are like gossamer, very fragile and susceptible to discouragement.

10 Tips For Finding The Theme Of Your Memoir

Abigail Carter | Posted 02.04.2015 | Books
Abigail Carter

Imagine the line you draw as a river and the turns in the river occur whenever one of the scenes changes the narrator in some way (i.e. narrator gets married, has an epiphany, suffers a loss). When you're done, notice if there are any scenes missing.

Finally Embracing My Passion

Trish DeLuca | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Trish DeLuca

Writing is the key to freedom for me and the gift that allows me to reach inside and bring parts of me into the light that would otherwise remain shrouded. In this first week of the final month of another calendar year, I look ahead ask myself: Will writing take me to places I've never been?

When Did Writing Become a War?

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.28.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

There's nothing wrong with having a daily goal if that works for you as a writer, but why should you be ashamed or crazed because you don't reach that daily goal -- what's the sense in that? Why have we let the word count become our master?

How I Came to Enjoy the Most Uncomfortable Part of the Creative Process

Suzanne Clores | Posted 02.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Suzanne Clores

If I could tell every person one thing about presenting her work to peers, I would say this: prepare a lot, and when you feel like you're about to die, find a way to laugh and congratulate yourself because you're doing it right.

Guess What? This Ain't the Holiday Inn: A Memoir on Adolescent Mental Health

Melanie Bishop | Posted 01.25.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

I consider teaching to be a privilege, and consider myself lucky to have loved my job. Shepherding talents like DeLeo's, witnessing her insight, hard work, growth and self-rescue, there is no greater satisfaction for a teacher than this.

How To Think Like A Writer

Lauren Salkin | Posted 01.22.2015 | Fifty
Lauren Salkin

Turn off the practical humdrum switch in your brain, comforted by numbers and lists and repetitive functions that can cause carpal tunnel brain syndrome. And let your thoughts stretch your imagination.

How a Novel Ends

Warren Adler | Posted 01.23.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

What constitutes the end of a story, and how is it achieved?

Part and Parcel: Susan Rich

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 01.21.2015 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

Wistful, vulnerable, and unapologetic, Cloud Pharmacy's poems prescribe mirrors, light, lust, love. Rich offers back to us "our art/ imperfect and striving."