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How do I write Britain becoming a US State for this general fiction?

Okay, so this is sort of why I’m here, the thing I want to do.True, since coming here/joining this online community, that my own writing juices have flown. I wrote sketches in somebody’s short humour thread FFS as my first two p...

Readings That Work for You and Your Listeners

By Betsy Graziani Fasbinder Public readings of your written work—published or not yet published—are a great way to gain exposure for your writing and to build your author platform. As both an author who has frequently read my work in p...

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Progress?

Early Sunday evening, Jamal was watching the horizon from his hotel room in Colombo. They were building a new ‘city’ with Chinese money, it was spread in front of him, a long tongue of reclaimed land. Dredgers that pumped sand in the da...

Young people anxious from terror coverage

A report finds high levels of worry about the risk of terror attacks among the young....

11 Ways to Write More Scientific Fiction: Lessons from Michael Crichton

It’s been said that readers will believe anything; it’s the author’s job to convince them. Keeping readers absorbed in the fictional dream is challenging, but it seemed to be second nature for Michael Crichton, a science fiction and t...

‘Third of girls’ harassed in school uniform

Many girls feel sexual harassment in the street is “all part of growing up”, a report suggests....

Surprise vs. Suspense and How to Pair Them in Your Writing

In 1962, Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut discussed their work during a marathon session that lasted for days. The two great directors and their French/English interpreter barely paused for meals. It was during this conversation that...

How to Turn Your Writing World Around, Part 1: Setting and Detail

The following is a guest post by E.J. Runyon. Indie and small press ventures still fight to make their marks in sales rankings. When it comes to fiction or memoir, a set way of thinking about your work may be keeping your numbers and your ...

Using Kids and Parents as Beta Readers for Children’s Fiction

Debut author Marie Unanue, whose book and message are about being “kind all the time,” has a unique writing process story: After writing two very different manuscripts, Marie Unanue sent them out to kids and their parents, who acted as ...

If You Manage a School Facebook Page, Watch Out for This Scam

I manage a handful of Facebook Pages. This morning when I logged into Facebook I had notifications that “Verified Facebook Page” had requested administrative access to those pages. This seemed phishy to me and so rather than jus...

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