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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 ...

Finding Your Squad: 4 Benefits of Joining a Critique Group

By Tami Charles Deadlines. Writer’s block. Admin duties. We all know the drill. This “writing life” ain’t easy, nor is it glamorous! Take me. Exhibit A. As a full-time writer, I wake up daily at around 4 a.m. to work. Half-awake. Fo...

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