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Naming my humanoid species.

Originally Posted by Stormcat For my story, I have crafted a race of humanoid “magic” users. They look almost exactly like humans, but they have a Tapetum Lucidum which makes their eyes glow in low lights and photographs. They a...

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Does fantasy need to be original?

As a truck driver, I’ve visited many truck stops. Among the most prominent travel stations are the ones with gift shops. I once saw a table full statues such ad these:You’ve seen them before. It’s usually that same pair to...

The Pros and Cons of Binge Writing

Lynn Dickinson explores the positives and not-so-positives of being a binge writer. Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Are you a Binge Writer? Or a Drip Writer? You know the metaphor. Binge writers tackle projects sp...

Why Mass Applying To Jobs Won’t Work (And What To Do Instead)

When I first started applying for internships, it was hard to know where to begin. I’d seen job postings on LinkedIn.  I’d heard of Indeed.com. But I’d also heard that those websites attract thousands of applicants, competing for the...

7 Research and Writing Tips for Setting a Book in Another Country

My newest novel, The Storyteller’s Secret, alternates settings between modern day and 1940’s India. Although I had not traveled to India recently, I knew how critical it was to get the setting and culture correct, so I was forced to be ...

10 Creative Ways to Beat Writer’s Block Fast

We’re smack in the middle of NaNoWriMo, and some of us are probably a little bit behind on our word count—definitely, definitely not me, but you know, some of us. Cough. Right. Anyway, it’s time to pick up the pace: This piece from t...

What’s the Big Idea? 20 Out-of-the-Box Writing Exercises & Story Starters

Fresh out of story ideas? Generate your next big concept with these 20 out-of-the-box writing exercises and story starters, created by the editors of Writer’s Digest. Every story starts as a concept: a microscopic kernel of a premise that...

5 Good Places to Find Public Domain Video Clips

There are plenty of places to find public domain images online. But finding public domain video clips isn’t quite as easy as finding public domain images. Part of the reason for that is the cost associated with hosting videos. Should ...

Writing Scary Stories & Horror for Kids: 4 Lessons from Goosebumps Author R.L. Stine

There is a fine line between scary and funny when it comes to clowns, ventriloquist dummies and other creepy ghouls, but author R.L. Stine heads straight for the dark side. For more than 25 years, Stine has been writing horror for kids arou...

NaNoWriMo and Finding Your Creative Flow

To kick off NaNoWriMo, executive director Grant Faulkner shares the secrets to finding your creative flow, a key skill for any writer and an especially useful tactic for completing a 30-day writing challenge.  The following is excerpted f...

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