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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 425

Sometimes life mirrors these poetry prompts. Last week, I had everyone write a sick poem, and I caught the flu. With that in mind, I hope this week’s lighter prompt leads to a lighter weekend. For today’s prompt, write a happy distracti...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rhupunt

It’s about time for the first WD Poetic Form Challenge of 2018. Let’s write the rhupunt! Find the rules for writing rhupunt here. This Welsh form is loaded with rhymes, variability, and fun. So start writing them and sharing here on the...

Balls of Steel: What’s Holding You Back from Becoming a Professional Writer?

The path to being a professional writer can be harder when you become your biggest obstacle. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman dishes out tough-love advice to help you achieve your writing dreams. I had a conversation recently with someone frustrat...

Ten Overlooked Google Docs Features

On Monday I featured ten overlooked Google Slides features. Like Google Slides, Google Docs has a lot of features that new users often don’t notice. Some these are features that even experienced Google Docs users overlook. Some of the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 424

For today’s prompt, write a sick poem. The poem could be about someone or something that is physically sick (a person with the flu or a plant with some disease). Or you can open it up to systems that are corrupted or wherever you wish to ...

Script Classics: Adapting to the Adaptation Process

Story analyst Joel Haber explains the process of adaptation: How it’s done, and how practice makes perfect. If you’re a screenwriter or novelist, Haber’s insights are a must-read. Click to tweet this article to your friends and follow...

Weekly Round-Up: Successes and Transformations

Every week our editors publish around 10 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we’ve created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previo...

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brackets, comma or em-dash?

The main difference between the punctuation marks you mention is that em dashes are by far the more versatile. Just be careful that you’re not using them recklessly. For example, resist the temptation to replace semicolons with em das...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 423

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Little (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: “Little Ghost,” “Little Drummer B...

Script Classics: Writer and Director Douglas McGrath on Adaptation of Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby

Writer-director Douglas McGrath chats about “shrinking” Dickens’ classic, Nicholas Nickleby, into a Golden Globe nominee. Before my interview with Douglas McGrath, who wrote and directed Nicholas Nickleby, I took a quick look at the p...

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