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Why I Write Poetry: Carol Carpenter

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Carol Carpenter, w...

Why I Write Poetry: Hibah Shabkhez

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Now that the craziness of the holidays and the start of the year are ...

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My Book Progross So Far.

As I havent written a book before I just want to get some idea of what to do at this point. I know this isn’t what you want to hear, but if you’ve not written fiction before, you should be aware that there are hundreds of traps ...

Reprints for Creative Shorts: How and Where to Sell a Poem, Personal Essay or Short Story a Second Time

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] Image by Jimi Filipovski on Unsplash by Windy Lynn Harris The reprint market isn’t just for nonfiction articles. If y...

Jump-Start Your Writing: 3 Myths That Hinder Creativity—and How to Conquer Them

by Gabriela Pereira A few years ago I decided to make my New Year’s Resolution that I would give up making resolutions. This might sound counter-intuitive but let me explain. For years I thought the only way I would make progress toward m...

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Do you guys write every day?

Another thing would be to write complete trash. Don’t expect everything, or anything, you write to be good let alone great. Some days you’ll write a lot of great stuff and others days you’ll write stuff fit for the bin. I ...

Why I Teach Journalism in My History Classes

In high school, I struggled to write clear, concise prose. My command of structure was minimal, and I didn’t make effective use of sources to inform my analysis. I also had difficulty differentiating between summary and analysis, much to ...

Member Monday: The Three Trail Workers, by George T. Parker

The Three Trail Workers By George T. Parker Dedicated to Sam Indigo Once upon a time, a Trail Worker was hiking through a forest in the Sierras. She was hiking fast, because there was Someplace She Needed to Be. As she hiked, she came acros...

The Good, The Bad, and The Fusty; by Dave Smith

  The Good, The Bad, and The Fusty by Dave Smith When I was young my mom used to admonish me, “if you got nothin good to say just keep your damn mouth shut.” (Mom was very direct.) I liked to argue with her so I’d come ba...

The Hook, by Dave Smith

  The Hook by Dave Smith There’s a ton of talk about the hook. Everyone tells me I have to have a hook to begin my story. Without it, no one will read beyond the first page, or maybe the first paragraph. I’m petrified! What if I can’...

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