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Is there an easy fiction writing outline method?

There is a method that makes creative writing easier – well, at least tolerable. 1. Keep it fun. If it feels like torture, you’re not likely to stick with it. 2. Subdivide the effort into mini-goals, so that you can see and feel...

Meet 10 Students Building Their Resumes by Helping Nature Thrive

No matter your experience, you too can help build a sustainable future as a Living Planet Leader. When it comes to the environmental crisis happening around us, it feels like a lot of the people making a difference are from our generation. ...

Electric, Neon, Salsa-Dancing Energy, or Finding Your Writing Voice

In this humorous essay, composition and rhetoric professor Adam Brandner shares his take on finding your writing voice and a few exercises that helped him discover his own. HOW BURNT IS YOUR SIENNA?  My name is Adam Brandner. I am a teache...

The Veterans Writing Project

Founded by a veteran for veterans, a nonprofit (Veterans Writing Project) teaches writing as a way of making sense of the stories soldiers have to tell and coping with the trauma of war. This article originally appeared in the January/Febru...

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Hi! (Insert creative greeting…)

Hi, Aurora I’m one of the forum moderators and I want to welcome you to the forum.

 Certainly you don’t need to be apologetic about writing Fantasy. I’d say it’s probably the most popular genre here on the forum, an...

What’s the Big Idea: 15 Writing Prompts

“What’s the Big Idea” previously appeared in the January 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest and includes 15 writing prompts + ideas for 15-minute brainstorming sessions.  Every story starts as a concept: a microscopic kernel of a premis...

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Help writing a villain

So… what are you needing help with? Sounds like you’ve got a pretty good idea of where you want his character to go. I’m writing some pretty charismatic bad guys this time around; they can be fun and memorable characters t...

5 Weekend Writing Prompts

If you need help getting started with your writing this weekend, here are 5 weekend writing prompts to get your creative juices flowing again. I recently finished several major projects that were taking up time on my evenings and weekends s...

Should I Copyright My Writing Before Submitting to Agents and Editors?

Should I copyright my writing before submitting to agents and editors? Could they steal my story or ideas? How can I protect myself? We look at copyright here. Ask any serious creative freelancer (writing, photography, etc.) about rights, a...

How to Write About Grief: 5 Things to Consider When Writing Difficult Topics

Author Sadie Hoagland shares 5 things to consider when writing difficult topics and how to write about grief, including how to handle honesty, trauma, and abstraction. I didn’t set out to write a collection of stories about grief and loss...

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