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The First Book to Ever Be Dubbed the “Great American Novel” Might Not Be the One You’d Guess

Many aspiring writers set out to craft the next Great American Novel. The designation is, at best, amorphous and extremely subjective, but at its core it refers to American-set novels by American authors that have had some important histor...

3 Writing Tips From Bestseller Sloane Crosley

By Carten Cordell Sloane Crosley can coax humor from the most unlikeliest of depths, whether it’s a good line from your locksmith or avenging a childhood slight during a pride parade. Right-hand photo Credit: Ungano + Agriodimas 2017 It...

How to Socialize While Still Being Yourself

So, you’re sitting at the lunch table. Tuna sandwich in your hands, salad in the Tupperware, you even remembered to bring some apple juice. But you can’t enjoy it. After you finish your lunch, you have to sit awkwardly alone for the rem...

Encouraging Young Writers: Why You Should Set Aside Time to Read and Write With Kids

by Austin Moore Children change everything. Social habits, sleep habits, eating habits, and even writing habits are subject to complete upheaval when offspring enter the picture. The biggest change Tucker, my firstborn, made to this part of...

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...

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