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6 Lessons Learned from a Year of 101 Rejections

By Natalie D-Napoleon Earlier this year I came across an article by Kim Liao in which she explained “Why You Should Aim For 100 Rejections A Year.” As soon as I finished reading the piece I went to the folder in my email marked “Writi...

Weekly Round-Up: Successes and Transformations

Every week our editors publish around 10 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we’ve created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previo...

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My research into conspiracies.

As research for my novel, I am searching for the most ludicrous conspiracy theories on the net. My favourite so far is that Robert De Niro shot Pakistani school girl Malala Yousafzai: https://www.theatlantic.com/internat…eories/...

Successful Query Letter Examples: Anna Quinn & ‘The Night Child’

This article is part of a series called Successful Queries. It features actual query letter examples to literary agents that were successful for authors. In addition to the successful query letter, you’ll also see the thoughts from the w...

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brackets, comma or em-dash?

The main difference between the punctuation marks you mention is that em dashes are by far the more versatile. Just be careful that you’re not using them recklessly. For example, resist the temptation to replace semicolons with em das...

Taking Notes on a Touchscreen – Three Options Compared

iPads, Android tablets, and touchscreen laptops that fold flat make it easy for those who prefer to handwrite their notes to preserve those notes in a digital format. I’ve used Google Keep for this purpose for a number of years, but a...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 423

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Little (blank);” replace the blank with a new word or phrase; make the new phrase the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Little Ghost,” “Little Drummer B...

The Problem with Sensitivity Readers Isn’t What You Think It Is

[Enter our 87th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents—not to mention a chance at $5,000 in cash!] by Anna Hecker Sensitivity readers are a sensitive topic. As a vocal core wit...

5 Things No One Told Me About Eating Disorder Recovery

Eating Disorder Recovery is a long road. This past December, I turned twenty-seven years old. I habitually calculate time in terms of anniversaries. Not always consequential. One year and five months of not dying my hair. One year since I w...

Script Classics: Writer and Director Douglas McGrath on Adaptation of Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby

Writer-director Douglas McGrath chats about “shrinking” Dickens’ classic, Nicholas Nickleby, into a Golden Globe nominee. Before my interview with Douglas McGrath, who wrote and directed Nicholas Nickleby, I took a quick look at the p...

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