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Which is worse: inconsistent chapter length or inconsistent POV structure?

Possibly asking about your POV strategy was not to find out if you’ve mapped one out, but simply to discover your reasons for choosing POVs. It’s a good question to ask yourself. Keeping in mind that few authors can handle umpte...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 428

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Another (blank),” replace the blank with a new word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include “Another One Bites the Dust,” “An...

Interview: The Oscar-Nominated Writers Behind The Disaster Artist (Part One)

Screenwriters Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter dig into details about the development and writing behind their Oscar-nominated comedy, The Disaster Artist. Scott Neustadter, Tommy Wiseau, Greg Sestero, and Michael Weber at AFI Fest 2017....

A Spark to a Story: Listen to Your Instincts to Find Story Ideas

By Sara Ackerman  Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers is a wartime tale set on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1944.  It centers around three women and a young girl whose lives are forever changed by the war and the American soldiers on their d...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 427

For today’s prompt, write a valentine poem. Because, well, look at the date. If you don’t have flowers, a card, chocolates, don’t fret: Write a valentine poem. If you don’t have a valentine, write a poem to the person (even if imagi...

Newspaper Templates for Google Docs & Word

This morning I answered an email from a reader who was looking for suggestions on tools that his students can use to collaboratively create a newspaper. My first suggestion was to try LucidPress. My second thought was to try using some Goog...

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Why are you here?

1. Your teacher told you to join this forum for an assignment. No. 2. You’re young, you love writing, and want to see what others think of your work. No. 3. You’re in a career or line of work that requires some expertise in writ...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 426

For today’s prompt, write a super poem. Fans of sports, advertising, and half-time shows may have recently watched the Super Bowl. Comics and movies fans know all about super heroes AND super villains. Folks familiar with quarter machines...

Elevate Your Story – Push Your Hero Off a Cliff

Is your story falling flat? Jeanne Veillette Bowerman shares tips on how to elevate your story by literally, or not so literally, pushing them off a wall. Time to have one of those raw, brutal, hit-you-upside-your-head moments about your wr...

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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