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5 Tips for Incorporating Real-World Politics into a Futuristic Narrative

Many authors seek to incorporate contemporary themes and issues into novels that are set in the future. Here, Jay Schiffman offers five ideas to get your started if you’re interested in incorporating real-world politics into a futuristic ...

Why I Write Poetry: Jacqueline Hallenbeck

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Jacqueline Hallenb...

University Hacks

August 8, 2018, by Lucy University Hacks University culture takes a bit of time to become accustomed to, with new lessons to be learned around every corner. If you’re off to university this year, read these tips and ‘hacks’ to make th...

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Epic poems

Difficult to say – especially if you’re talking more about long poems, rather than epics… epic poetry is (as I’m sure you’ve read) a particular form of story-telling through verse which contains its own set of ...

Curtis Sittenfeld on Choosing Beta Readers, Outlining and Creating Complex Characters

In this extended interview from the October 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest, bestselling Eligible author Curtis Sittenfeld explains how her characters keep it “real,” and why plumbing the awkward and uncomfortable can lead to the riches...

18 Ways to Write Funnier Fast

We’re not all comedy writers, but many of us want to write a funny story or incorporate funny scenes into a novel. In this excerpt from The Byline Bible, Susan Shapiro offers 18 quick and easy ways to improve at eliciting laughs from yo...

The Novel in the Drawer

When Emmy-nominated TV writer Gayle Abrams discussed her book with a literary agent, she found it wasn’t quite ready for publication. Many writers do this: They can’t get their first novel published right away, so they put it in a drawe...

How I Stopped Sabotaging My Writing Goals: Confessions of a Late Bloomer

Despite long-standing aspirations of writing a book, initial successes with short stories and essays, and a healthy career in publishing, Andrea Jarrell published her first book at age 55. But of course, she got through it. Here, she shares...

Five Inconvenient Truths About College/University Today

Having a positive post-secondary experience requires you to understand these five important, but inconvenient truths about college/university today. Where I hang out (which is mostly Reddit threads and YouTube comments) nobody’s really ha...

Keeping the Writing Faith: Strike a Balance Between Solitude and Community

The following article is the fourth in a five-part series of articles by Jennifer Haupt. In this installment, she discusses five strategies for finding a good balance between your vital alone time and the benefits of participating in a wri...

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