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Fifth of 14-year-old girls in UK ‘have self-harmed’

Stereotypes around gender and worries about looks contribute to children’s unhappiness, a report says....

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Can anyone be a writer?

Just like driving, reading, surfing, or reading…Writing is nothing more than a learned skill. It is not an identity, merely one aspect of an individual’s skill set and/or interests. One is not wholly defined by a vaguely specifi...

Who Ya Gonna Call? Writing Paranormal and Supernatural Phenomena Realistically and Authentically

Given the popularity and depictions of “paranormal and supernatural phenomena” in movies and TV, one of the world’s foremost scientific experts on writing paranormal and supernatural phenomena explains how his expertise assists filmma...

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Picking Brains

Picking Brains Dr. Owens reserach facility. “You must understand, Marcus!” Dr. Owens snapped. “They are like cranial implants sort of place like a mesh onto the cerebral cortex. They didn’t design it for removal if y...

From Whence Cometh Ideas? 10 Fun Idea-Generating Activities and Story Starters

Has your inspiration fizzled lately? Kick-start your creativity with these 10 fun story starters and clever idea-generating tips from Erika Hoffman. Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash You wrack your brain, pulling, stretching, trying to e...

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Aspie’s Pipeline

Phases: 1. Idea2. Planning3. Structural work and character developement4. Writing Shitty First Draft = SFD5. SFD sleeps for some time6. Rewriting rounds7. Beta readers8. Final editing/polish9. To the publishing houses (or agents if it leave...

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Where is the line regarding children in stories.

As various cultures past, present, and future have wildly different ages of consent or legal laws on children, I would like to know where the line would be drawn where a Mod would say, within the rules or totally against the rules and call ...

Researching Agents: 4 Steps for Identifying & Connecting with the Right Literary Agents

by Leslie Zampetti You’ve written a book. Revised and polished it with the help of your critique group. Composed the perfect query letter. Now it’s time to send it off to every agent open to queries, right? Wrong. Sending your query bli...

Why I Write Poetry: Jacqueline Hallenbeck

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Jacqueline Hallenb...

Child abuse inquiry: School ‘reputations put before victims’

Ampleforth and Downside pupils were subjected to “appalling” sex abuse over 40 years, a report says....

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