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Cara Black: Passion for Paris

In her setting-centric novels, bestselling mystery author Cara Black shows the seamier side of the City of Light. BLACK PHOTO © LAURA SKAYHAN by Sharon McDonnell In her 18 mysteries starring female detective Aimée Leduc—a private invest...

How I Stopped Sabotaging My Writing Goals: Confessions of a Late Bloomer

Despite long-standing aspirations of writing a book, initial successes with short stories and essays, and a healthy career in publishing, Andrea Jarrell published her first book at age 55. But of course, she got through it. Here, she shares...

4 Reasons Why I Wish I Took A Gap Year

I applied to university with little-to-no idea what I was going to study, and I decided on my major a few hours before the confirmation deadline. Going to university was just a given—I didn’t think that I had another option. I mean, it...

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My Selfie!

Ok, not a photo but an intro. I have been a lurker on here for some time, getting snippets of advice from many, many posts. The community here seems great. I have always loved writing, was known as a kid for writing epics, far longer than h...

Pitching Articles: 5 Tips for a Successful Freelance Writing Pitch

If you want to make a living writing for your favorite publications, you need to perfect your freelance writing pitch. Here are a few things to keep in mind when pitching articles for magazines, newspapers and the web. If you’re a freelan...

Is Sara a ‘refugee’ or ‘future surgeon’?

On World Refugee Day, one Syrian girl talks about doing homework in a tent and her future ambitions....

Learn from The Incredibles: How to Write Super Characters

The Incredibles 2, the sequel to Pixar’s iconic superhero film, offers writers the oportunity to enhance our understanding of effective character development. Here are a few lessons from the movie that you can apply in your fiction. Photo...

Writing for Magazines: How to Land a Magazine Assignment

Kerrie Flanagan, author of the brand-new, comprehensive Guide to Magazine Article Writing, shares her best tips for writing for magazines. To learn more, check out her book, and don’t miss Kerrie’s session Build Your Author Platform Th...

3 Tips For Living Alone (And Loving It)

I’ve been living in Toronto for three years now. Like most students, I moved downtown at the beginning of my first year of university. Within the span of two months I went from living with my mom in the quiet, albeit boring, suburbs, to l...

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Flash Fiction Contest #55 — Theme: Keeping Secrets

Super Norm (500) The Super Alarm sounded on the top of the microwave. Dad Williams looked up from his pie. “Dear GODS!” His stomach rattled the kitchen table. “Trouble harkens!” Mom Williams looked up from her magazi...

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