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Creative Minds

People, by and large, grow rotten by condemnations, by infinitesimal degrees. But I allow much of humanity’s greatness to run away from me in a heated moment, as if I had dropped a gambler’s cloak. From small actions of wrongness, I...

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Fred’s Fifth Favour-Part Two

A few stops later, Fred alighted from the bus on a road, by a gate of the local park. His destination the road on the other side, Harry entered the park and set off across the expanse of green via the footpath. As he walked, he hummed amiab...

The Art of Being Crazy: Thoughts on the Eccentricities of Being a Writer

One writer’s search for a trademark eccentricity. by Leslie Cohen You know what’s fun? Creativity. You know what’s not fun? Some of the things that come along with it. Four years ago, I left my normal job at my normal desk with my som...

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In Defence Of Longer Sentences

In Defence Of Longer Sentences I’ve noticed that there appears to be a hard and fast rule concerning long sentences. According to many critiques, they are anathema and should be avoided at all costs. I’m puzzled as to how this pre...

Dear SLN: Does My GPA Matter?

Our advice for students asking, “Does my GPA matter?” falls somewhere between “Yes, totally” and “No, not at all.” Dear SLN is an advice column for students who are a looking for no bullshit answers to tough questions. If you ha...

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Murder Mysteries: How To Introduce Characters/Suspects Properly…?

Name: UNIDENTIFIEDAlias: WhatsisBio: The true identity of Whatsis has, as of the discovery of the body, eluded investigators: no relatives or friends have come forth to provide a name for the victim; no form of personal identification could...

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Audience Vs. Critics (Writing what you want vs what others enjoy)

That said, the critics aren’t always right about everything. They usually have a good sense of competency and can objectively tear down your novel with forensic scrutiny but they might not fully appreciate your ability or potential. T...

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January 2018 Short Story Contest [Open contest]

Plans for the Day(4,955 nervous words)​ ‘She’s looking worse,’ Daniel said as he climbed under the sheet beside Annie. ‘Did you see her?’ ‘I did,’ Annie answered. She looked up at her husband with...

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Losing The Plot – A Progress Journal

​ Welcome one and all to my all singing, all dancing journal of writing progress and some parts of my life I have been meaning to start one of these for a while, and in fact I was thinking I’d do it in the new year but now seems to ...

After 5 Years of Job Hunting, This is The Best Damn Advice I Have

Job hunting is painful, but you can learn from my mistakes. I dropped out of journalism school after a semester. Some of my former classmates (and anyone who has ever disagreed with one of my op-eds) might tell you that was a mistake. But...

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