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Sisters from a Different Mister

Last weekend, my husband and I took a quick jaunt to Chicago, the city where we met, dated and became betrothed. Our trip to the Windy City was twofold—an anniversary getaway (romantic!) and a way for my husband to get enough miles on Alaska Airlines to maintain his MVP status …

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The Power of a Writing Group for Publishing Success

If you’ve been in a writing group, you know how valuable it is to have a community of writerly peers to debate craft with, to vent with about rejection and rejoice with over triumphs, large and small. But what if, beyond feeling like family and supporting you through your next …

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The Big Ol’ Scary Monster At Our Window

Flickr Creative Commons: Ton Haex Intellectually, we know how fear does a grand job of holding us back. Emotionally, however, fear doesn’t give a big old rat’s ass—fear has no fear. It surges to us laughing at our tiny fists of fury as we try to beat it back. We …

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Dying to Know, Afraid to Find Out: Building Tension in Fiction

Please welcome multipublished author Lynne Griffin to Writer Unboxed today! Lynne is the author of the novels Girl Sent Away (SixOneSeven Books), Sea Escape (Simon & Schuster) and Life Without Summer (St. Martin’s Press), and the non-fiction guides, Let’s Talk About it: Adolescent Mental Health (SixOneSeven Books) and Negotiation Generation …

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A Defense of Spoilers

For a culture so obsessed with “enjoying the journey,” we sure do hate a ruined ending — isn’t that contradictory? A ruined ending — and the subsequent spoiler alerts that follow — belies our secret obsession with the destination: to enjoy the journey, we need to know how it ends. We …

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