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Only 45 Shopping Days Until NaNoWriMo!

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. It seems like National Novel Writing Month comes earlier every year. Target and Walmart installed massive displays of pencils, pens, erasers, …

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Whose Passion For Black Rock City Inspired It, And Whose Last Name I Do Not Know by Johnny Eponymous Short stories, flash fiction and creative writing online.

Have you been to Burning Man? Content continues after advertisement My fears: the scents favored by those who dance for twelve hours straight on the playa to stay warm while listening to the freeze Nightdesert. I don’t shy from Daydesert’s heat, the stinging rash that makes an umbrella penicillin, nor …

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Say A Little Less, Mean a Little More

photo adapted / Horia Varlan Understatement. Sometimes, it’s just the thing. At certain points in your novel, in an effort to be explicit, you might be creating barriers of words that keep the reader from fully entering the story. They shouldn’t have to sift through the rubble of your exploded …

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Don’t Confuse the Map with the Journey

I’m writing on the same day that Don posted his wonderful piece on journeying cross-country with his family. (What Makes a Journey.) He described how much of the trip was enhanced by the people they met—something that can’t be predicted by AAA, Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Fodor’s, or any other supplier …

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Your Pub Date is Not As Important as You Think

Today’s guest is author Tabitha Lord, whose debut novel Horizon won the 2016 Writer’s Digest Grand Prize Winner for Self-Published Fiction. A Pushcart nominee,Tabitha’s short story “Homecoming” was published in the anthology Sirens.  Her second novel, Infinity, the sequel to Horizon, released in June of 2017. Tabitha holds a degree …

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