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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 ...

New Literary Agent Alert: Joseph Parsons of Holloway Literary

New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Joseph Parsons of Holloway Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. About Joe: Joe grew up in a...

Script Classics: Nicholas Meyer—The View from the Scribe

Some writers struggle in transitioning from one type of writing to another, but Nicholas Meyer has conquered many forms. Learn Meyer’s cross-format storytelling processes and what encouraged him to write his memoir, The View From the Brid...

Rub Two Sticks Together to Create a Spark: A Scout’s Strategy for Starting a Story

How do you go about starting a story when your creative spark has dimmed? Try rubbing two ideas together, like Lynn Sloan did. By Lynn Sloan As every fiction writer knows, there comes a moment when the ideas dry up. It’s not that you have...

Imitating the Masters: How to Develop Character and Tone Through Imitation

Writing imitations of work that you admire is a great way to stretch your writing skills and improve your mastery of writing techniques. (For more on the benefits of writing imitations, read Writing Exercise: 3 Reasons to Write Imitations o...

Failed a Test or Exam?! Stay Calm and Follow the Fail Forward Framework

Disclaimer: If you’re going skim this article, I recommend stealing from the pro tips sections at the very least. Last year, my cousin Zoe—a first-year McMaster student—sent me a panicked text message. She was freaking out about faili...

Ten Ideas for Classroom Podcasts

On Sunday I published a video that shows how quickly and easily you can create a podcast on Anchor.fm. If you watched the video and you’re ready to get started, your next step is probably to generate ideas for your classroom podcast. ...

The Built-in Google Docs Features Starter Pack

I test and write about a lot of Google Docs Add-ons and built-in features. But you certainly don’t need to use all of them. In fact, I’m often asked for a list of the “must-know” features instead of all of the “...

Interview: The Oscar-Nominated Writers Behind The Disaster Artist (Part One)

Screenwriters Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter dig into details about the development and writing behind their Oscar-nominated comedy, The Disaster Artist. Scott Neustadter, Tommy Wiseau, Greg Sestero, and Michael Weber at AFI Fest 2017....

10 Ways to Overcome Lonely Writer Syndrome

[embedded content]  One of the downsides to becoming a fulltime author or writer is that, by its very nature, writing can be a very lonely business. Typically, it’s just you and a computer, shut off from the rest of the world, all alone ...

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