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How to Find Inspiration—Fiction Therapy

Whether you’re wondering what happens next in your story, want to write your first novel, or are about to start on the next instalment of your long-running series, there are always times when you’ll need inspiration. And it is often surprisingly close by. ‘Be observant,’ said the dramatist, Lajos Egri, …

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Want to Be a Productive Writer? Three Clues

Heads up, WU’ers: Longtime WU contributor Julianna Baggott has created a new audio series for writers: Efficient Creativity: The Six-Week Audio Series. You can listen to the first episode for free, on SoundCloud.  — A friend and fellow writer recently asked me how I keep multiple projects going at the same …

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The Odyssey Writing Workshop

The Odyssey Writing Workshop One of the top workshops in the world for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Held at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH, June 3-July 12, 2019. Only 15 students. The most intense learning experience you’ll ever have. Application deadline: April 1. Guest Lecturers: Holly Black …

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To Those Who Encourage Us To Write & To Dig A Whole Lot Deeper: T’anky!

Photo Credit Flickr: prinsesse Lea If I chance to talk a little wild, forgive me … (from King Henry VIII) I forgive you William Shakespeare, and I love you for it too, for I’ve often felt a little wild, talked a little wild, written a little wild, been a little …

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Sinking Into The Bog

In my last post (“Inspired to Emulation—or Preparing to Jump“), I talked about The Rule of No Rules, and how reading other writers you admire will provide the best writing advice you will ever receive. Not long after the post went up, one of my favorite novelists, Adrian McKinty—who writes …

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Tips for Complex Historical Research

The Rotherhithe Picture Research Library Please welcome back Alma Katsu to Writer Unboxed today! Alma is the award-winning author of THE HUNGER, a reimagining of the story of the Donner Party and one that Stephen King has called “Deeply, deeply disturbing.”Additionally, THE HUNGER was on NPR’s list of 100 favorite …

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Nasty, Menacing, Murderous: Protagonists We Love…and Why

Flickr Creative Commons: Sam Leighton I wonder what literary historians will make of the fiction of our times? Dark times often produce light stories.  After World War I, for instance, British crime fiction took a cozy turn.  In contrast, economic prosperity can bring us tales grimly pessimistic.  The year 1949 …

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Planning Your Own Book Launch

Your book is coming out soon and you want to mark its entry into the world. You don’t want it to just slide out unnoticed amongst the serried ranks of ‘New Releases’ in the bookshops. You want it properly launched. But your publisher isn’t keen to do a launch. Too …

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What It Means to Be a Working Writer

They will tell you that you’re not a real writer. They say that having another job you do for money makes you soft. Don’t you believe in yourself enough to suffer, to struggle, they ask? They pretend it’s a question, but to them, it’s not a question; they only accept …

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Greer Macallister and Woman 99

Please join us in welcoming back best-selling author and Writer Unboxed contributor Greer Macallister. Raised in the Midwest, Greer Macallister earned her MFA in creative writing from American University. Her debut novel THE MAGICIAN’S LIE was a USA Today bestseller, an Indie Next pick, and a Target Book Club selection. …

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