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The Identity List: How to Catalog Your Written Work to Get More Freelance Writing Projects

By keeping a catalog of published pieces, freelancers can leverage future success when querying editors. Stay organized with this process for organizing and structuring your list to get more freelance writing projects. by Kimberly A. Edward...

10 Incredible Writing Superpowers

As a recovering comic book fanboy, I admit it: There are times I wish I had superpowers. As a writer, I admit that I sometimes wish I had writing superpowers. So recently, I opened up the debate on Facebook by asking which writing superpowe...

Jump-Start Your Writing: 3 Myths That Hinder Creativity—and How to Conquer Them

by Gabriela Pereira A few years ago I decided to make my New Year’s Resolution that I would give up making resolutions. This might sound counter-intuitive but let me explain. For years I thought the only way I would make progress toward m...

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Why do so many people lack ambition and lack interest in topics like politics, science, or writing?

kiesi said: ↑ Almost all of the people I meet appear to be extremely ignorant and have no interest in talking about topics such as science, philosophy, politics, or writing, as some examples. They would rather talk about how high they are...

The Five Little Secrets of Memoir Writing: A Contrarian POV

A memoir can be a massive undertaking. As writers, we sometimes take pride in this complexity. It makes us seem, well, more professional. It can also alienate us from real people. And real people have stories to tell. Very real stories. So ...

Why the Surprise Ending Ultimately Frightens Us

Surprise endings in fiction, when done right, can make a book live in a readers memory for years, but as novelist H.J. Ramsay shares, surprise endings also show us a bit about human nature. Disclaimer: Essay contains spoilers for the movie ...

Breaking In: Fantasy author Sarah J. Sover on Finding Home at a Small Press

In the Breaking In column of our September 2019 issue, debut author Sarah J. Sover talked about finding the perfect home for her comedic fantasy novel Double-Crossing the Bridge with the indie publisher The Parliament House. Here is her una...

Genealogy Research and the Crime Novelist

Mystery writer Kristen Lepionka shares how her love of solving mysteries led her to researching her family history, and what genealogists and mystery writers have in common. You know you’ve read too many mystery novels when your first tho...

Life Into Fiction: Turning a True Event Into a Compelling Story

Lawyer and crime novelist Stephanie Kane delves into the complications and rewards of using real-life events as inspiration for writing compelling fiction.  Years ago, a housewife was beaten to death in her suburban Denver garage. I was ab...

Breaking In: Keah Brown on Going From Viral Hashtag Creator to Debut Memoir Author

Happy pub day to Keah Brown! Her debut memoir, The Pretty One, released today from Atria Books. To celebrate, we’re publishing the unabridged version of Keah’s interview featured in the Breaking In column of the September 2019 issue of ...

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