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How much physical description should a character have

There’s a very good article about this on an awesome website. http://www.springhole.net/writing/describing-your-characters-tips-and-advice.htm For my own thoughts, I think I’m on the springback from the “describe every las...

When Your Memoir Wants To Be A Novel

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] In our “Breaking In” column in Writer’s Digest magazine, we talk with debut authors—such as Anna Quinn, author o...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 419

For today’s prompt, write a “made sense at the time” poem. Historically, people have done a lot of things that made sense at the time that upon further reflection don’t make sense now. This is true in general (all humankind) and spe...

Four Things Students Need to Create Book Trailer Videos

This is an update of a blog post that I published about 16 months ago. The concepts are the same, but some of the resources have been updated.  Creating book trailer videos is a great alternative to a traditional written book report as...

Encouraging a Sense of Gratitude in Students

In the glittery bustle of the holidays, teachers often scramble to fit in last-minute lessons and refocus students dreaming of vacation excitement. It’s worthwhile to pause in the middle of all that excitement to build in reflective momen...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 418

For today’s prompt, write a thaw poem. The term thaw can be used in relation to food and the weather. But it can also relate to people and relationships as well. ***** Order the Poet’s Market! The 2018 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert ...

Rethinking Protagonists and Antagonists: Parallel and Perpendicular Character Perspectives in Star Wars

[The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference offers everything you need to advance your writing career creatively and professionally. Register by 2/6 to get your best rate!] Editor’s Note: The following article on character perspective is exc...

Based On A True Story: 4 Advantages to Fictionalizing the Truth

[Call for Entries: The Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition | Deadline Dec. 15] Photo by Ryan Graybill on Unsplash by Joan Jackson My brother had his first psychotic break at the age of twenty. In and out of institutions most ...

Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing

Chemistry seems to inspire a D mentality: A significant number of students just want to pass the class to meet their graduation requirement, and do it with as little effort as possible. Take Evelyn, for example. A junior in my chemistry cla...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 417

After a month of daily poeming, welcome back to the Wednesday Poetry Prompts! Recently, Dictionary.com dubbed “complicit” the word of the year for 2017. And sometimes, that’s all it takes to prompt a poetry prompt. For today’s promp...

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