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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...

Goals, Wishes, and Cold – The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where we’re experiencing a stretch of cold days that hasn’t been seen since the 1970’s. How cold is it? Earlier this week I referred to Tuesday’s high temperature of 7f as a “warm day.&#...

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 ...

Race and the Literary Canon

“OK,” I say to my students, “this is a book written 57 years ago about events that would have happened 84 years ago. Are the things being discussed here still relevant today? Why or why not?” My students pause. We’ve just finished...

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Transitioning from flash fiction/short stories to novels?

Terry is right on. Overwrite is as much a problem in novels as it is in short stories as it is in poetry, resumes, and everything else. Just because a novel has no official upper end on word count doesn’t mean you get carte blan...

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Helsing (Vampire Mystery)

Hasn’t had much proof reading, and has a lot of issues. Plus my grammar is horrible. Should I make a second chapter? HelsingThe smell of death was still ripe in the air. Not that I wasn’t used to it. With the nature of my work this ...

What Happens Now That The College Strike is Over?

The college strike is over. After more than a month without classes, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government has pushed through back-to-work legislation. That means the 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians, who had been ...

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