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Writing Checkers, Images, and Rain – The Week in Review

Good morning from soggy Maine where the deluge of rain has canceled my plans for playing outside this morning. So I’ll settle for riding my bike on an indoor trainer. It’s not the most fun way to exercise, but it is effective. W...

NaNoWriMo Begins! 30 Tips for Conquering Your 30-Day Writing Challenge

Taking on a 30-day writing challenge this month? Here, 30 veterans share their best NaNoWriMo tips and advice for finishing the month strong. Somehow I have convinced myself to participate in National Novel Writing Month this year. It’s n...

Captions, Dice, and Ninjas – The Month in Review

Good morning from Maine where we’re ready for some Halloween fun. Last year we had more than 600 trick o’ treaters come to our house! And if the weather is nice we’ll have that many again this year. But Halloween isn’...

Storyboards, Pictures, and Classics – The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where it should be a nice morning for playing in leaf piles before the snow flies this evening. But before we go outside to play the sun needs to rise and I need to finish writing this week’s week-in-review. I ...

PicLits – Using Pictures to Inspire Creative Writing

PicLits is an excellent site for finding creative writing prompts. PicLits aims to provide inspiration for writing short stories. PicLits tries to reach this goal by providing users with images upon which they can build ...

Writing with Wonder: Weaving Time and Place with Story in Historical Fiction

by Dana Chamblee Carpenter I was recently on a panel with Anne Perry talking about writing historical fiction. An audience member asked a typical question about the research we did to “get things right” in our books. Anne seemed eager t...

YouTube, Math, and Media – The Week in Review

Good evening from Maine where I was home for the day before having to fly back to Florida tomorrow morning. Next week I’ll be finishing up my third week working with the awesome teachers at Sigsbee Charter School in Key West. If you w...

Surprise vs. Suspense and How to Pair Them in Your Writing

In 1962, Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut discussed their work during a marathon session that lasted for days. The two great directors and their French/English interpreter barely paused for meals. It was during this conversation that...

How to Turn Your Writing World Around, Part 1: Setting and Detail

The following is a guest post by E.J. Runyon. Indie and small press ventures still fight to make their marks in sales rankings. When it comes to fiction or memoir, a set way of thinking about your work may be keeping your numbers and your ...

The Anatomy of a Book Cover: A Guide for Authors

[Get hands-on craft and publishing advice at the WD Novel Writing Conference, October 26–28, 2018 in Pasadena, CA!] by Yvonne @ Reedsy Knowing and understanding the constituent parts of a book cover will help you make the best marketing d...

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