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Are You Tethered to the Wrong Story?

Please welcome Harper Glenn to Writer Unboxed today! Harper’s with us to share the story behind a work-in-progress, and an illuminating moment that changed everything. Harper was born and raised in Georgia. She’s a lover of vintage brown paper, old cast iron flat irons, cracked mirrors, white sage, old cemeteries …

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On Mary Oliver and Flying Close to the Sun

I used to teach Mary Oliver’s poems–a slim volume, Dream Work, so many years ago now that I don’t remember the exact course. What I do remember are the poems and the students’ responses to them. Those memories came to mind recently with the news of Oliver’s death, as did …

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Vanquish Emotional Overwhelm to Increase Productivity

Flickr Creative Commons: in lovely memory My older daughter is six months shy of being a legal adult. The approach of this milestone has been fraught with anxiety, so I anticipated a rough night before she embarked on a new semester at the local community college. She’s taking an extra …

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Consider these 8 Marketing Tips in 2019

We are so excited to welcome our newest contributor to Writer Unboxed—-Ann-Marie Nieves! Ann-Marie is the founder of the highly respected company Get Red PR, with expertise in PR, advertising, marketing, copywriting, community relations, social media, and more! From her bio: Ann-Marie is a communications generalist grounded in traditional media …

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My Ongoing Feud with Billy Joel

In the course of my lengthy career as a professional musician, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet – and sometimes perform with – a number of rock stars and celebrities. Most of them have been wonderful to work with. Some of them, significantly less wonderful. And then there’s Billy Joel. …

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Truths about Publishing You Can Only Learn in the Trenches

I’ve worked like a dog the last two weeks on EPIC copy edits so today, I’m running short on inspired creative thinking and tall on advice. It’s January, after all, and isn’t that when we’d all like a little advice, a little pep in our step to help us take …

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Tools of the Trade: Whiteboard Wonders

At bare minimum, all you need to write is either paper and ink, or a computer. Somehow that does not stop writers from coveting additional physical tools of the trade. Indeed, I’ve yet to meet a writer who doesn’t drool over office supplies. Can’t write without gel pens or stickies …

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Author Up Close Series: Learning From Successful Authors

Photo by Marcos Luiz Photograph on Unsplash Though you may not know it by the prevalence of clickbait headlines sounding the death knell about author careers, successful authors are out there. Lots of them. And I’m not just talking about the ones who top the bestseller lists week after week. I’m …

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How to Concoct Your Own Antidote to Pre-writing Anxiety

I love satire in general and Saturday Night Live in particular, but there’s one series of sketches I wish I could erase from my mental library: Al Franken’s take-down of the 1990s’ self-help industry in the form of his character, Stuart Smalley. Have you seen these skits? They feature an effeminate man who …

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A Dispatch from the Kitchen Sink [Plus: GIVEAWAY]

Please welcome today’s guest, Leigh Medeiros, to Writer Unboxed! Leigh is an award-winning artist, writer, coach, and story development editor. She supports artists of all kinds through her coaching and story development work as well as through her online program 48 Days of Creative Devotion. Her latest book, The 1-Minute Writer: 396 Microprompts …

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