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Home Base: Follow These 4 Basic Steps to Begin Building Your Author Blog

Image by @neonbrand on Unsplash Encourage a writer to start an author blog and you’re likely to provoke a wince. Many resist blogging because they believe it will steal time away from precious minutes otherwise spent on their work-in-pro...

How to Turn Real Events from Your Life into a Work of Fiction

Learn what to change—and what to keep—when incorporating your real-life experiences into your work of fiction. By Emily Belden You know those people who seem to always tell the craziest stories? The stories that make you think time and ...

The Identity List: How to Catalog Your Written Work to Get More Freelance Writing Projects

By keeping a catalog of published pieces, freelancers can leverage future success when querying editors. Stay organized with this process for organizing and structuring your list to get more freelance writing projects. by Kimberly A. Edward...

What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You: Finding Direction & Motivation in Your Writing

[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!] I was in Eugene to give a talk several years ago when I came as close as I ha...

Here’s What Actually Happens When You Get Caught Cheating

Ever wondered what actually happens if you get caught cheating on a test? Do you skip over the academic integrity section in the syllabus? Zone out when the professor goes over it on the first day of a new course? Of course you do. You’re...

What This Olympic Loophole Can Teach You About Seizing Opportunity

While most athletes get to the Olympics by being among the best in their sport, freestyle skier Elizabeth Swaney ended up in PyeongChang through a loophole. On Monday, the Hungarian ran what’s been described as a “pedestrian” and “p...

The 5 Best Ways to Boost Your Grades

Looking to boost your grades to the next level? Here are the five best tips we know. In the immortal words of every relative you’ve ever encountered at a family gathering, “How’s school?” If the honest answer to that question bums y...

Reprints for Creative Shorts: How and Where to Sell a Poem, Personal Essay or Short Story a Second Time

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] Image by Jimi Filipovski on Unsplash by Windy Lynn Harris The reprint market isn’t just for nonfiction articles. If y...

Jump-Start Your Writing: 3 Myths That Hinder Creativity—and How to Conquer Them

by Gabriela Pereira A few years ago I decided to make my New Year’s Resolution that I would give up making resolutions. This might sound counter-intuitive but let me explain. For years I thought the only way I would make progress toward m...

33 Lessons on Critical Thinking – Best of 2017

As I do during this week every year, I am taking some time off to relax and prepare for the new year. Every day this week I will be featuring the most popular blog posts of the year. This was one of the most popular posts in April. From ana...

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