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A Guide to Getting Through Midterms (or the UoN Equivalent)

March 18, 2018, by Anjni A Guide to Getting Through Midterms (or the UoN Equivalent) Reading week is now long gone and its termination brought with it two weeks of mid-semester examinations (or mid-terms as they’re so lovingly called) her...

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What Books On Writing Have You Read or Bought?

This is what I have next to me in hard copy. Yes, I have multiple copies of some just to have volume revisions. I don’t think every book is listed because I know I have more Strunk & White around here somewhere. (I have 4 or 5 cop...

7 Query Letter Strategies That Don’t Work (But Many Writers Try)

One of my first real jobs was working for a bank, taking phone calls. I’ll never forget it. Some of the kindest people you know can be downright vicious when they call their bank. Trust me. I’ve been called names that can’t be repeate...

Conquer Procrastination: How to Appreciate Your Writing Time

If you are avoiding writing, if you tell yourself you don’t have enough time, try the following: Write a short description of what is waiting for you at your desk. What will happen when you sit down to write? Remember: Writing is never ab...

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What to do about Chopin?

In my composers story. I mention Chopin a few times and right from the first mention he has dizziness issues. At first it was just getting dizzy after physical exertion. But now it has progressed to frequent falls even when taking it easy. ...

The last lesson

May 13, 2019, by John The last lesson I look at the result slip that my teacher hands to me. BBAD, the paper reads. I feel a whirlwind of emotions. In front of my friends, I know I cannot show too much emotion. But I wish the ground would s...

Hard Case Crime: Spotlight Market

For this week’s spotlight market, we look at Hard Case Crime, a book publisher which accepts queries for crime and mystery novels directly from potential authors (no agents required). Hard Case Crime: Spotlight Market Hard Case Crime is a...

The WD Interview: Susan Orlean on The Library Book and Finding the Red-Hot Center of the Story

Susan Orlean thought she was done writing books when she heard about the 1986 fire that devastated the Los Angeles Public Library. The story so intrigued her that she spent four years researching and writing about it. The Library Book tells...

What Is Life Like After Graduating?

It goes without saying that everyone in life has their own path to take. Students across the country spend several years buried in textbooks, cramming for exams and befriending SparkNotes for those last minute essays. Until that fateful da...

In the Chorus That Surrounds Every Writer, Listen to the Voice That’s Your Own

“Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your hea...

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