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If Your Room Has a View but Also Wifi, Will You Ever Notice More Than a Screen? A Challenge for Today’s Writer

Exclusive offer for WU readers: Receive 25% off Julianna Baggott’s Efficient Creativity: The Six-Week Audio Series with discount code WRITERUNBOXED. Salvador Dali once said, “To gaze is to think.” I agree. My best ideas often come to me when I’m staring off in a daydreamy way. Imagine how many great …

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Finding the World Through Reading

Not long after high school graduation, I moved into a little house with my boyfriend. It crouched behind an apartment block and didn’t have much to distinguish itself, except that in the eighteen months I lived there, I grew into myself. In the spacious kitchen, I learned to cook. I …

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Hurray for Independent Bookstore Day!

Flickr Creative Commons: Natalia Romay In case you weren’t aware, April 27 is a national holiday: it’s Independent Bookstore Day. Only five years old, you might not have heard of it and that’s okay… because you have now! What could be more exciting than discovering we have a new holiday …

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The Positive Side of Envy

Flickr Creative Commons: Bruce Krasting Trashing a little book called The Bridges of Madison County was a popular sport in the English department when I was in graduate school. Professors and creative writing students alike could not find a single thing to praise about the plot, the writing, the characters, …

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Announcing the 2019 Writer Unboxed UnConference Scholarship

When one of our writer friends, a kindly older gentleman named Bob Stewart, passed away unexpectedly in 2014, a group of us pooled our funds to send flowers for his funeral. Ultimately, far more came in than was needed, and so we decided to set aside the surplus and use …

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The Hack’s Guide to Writing a Synopsis

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. After three years, five different hairstyles, six pounds of weight loss, seven pounds of weight gain, a new home purchase, lots …

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One

Image – iStockphoto: Mike Kiev Dictionary The people at Merriam-Webster aren’t always known for the most electrifying discussion articles about the world of words, and yet something in their brief seems to insist they produce those articles. Usually, the one word you might have for these pieces might be nerdish. …

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The Flip Side

Flickr Creative Commons: Mel Trent Recently I was talking to a friend about her mother’s death. Losing a parent—especially the only parent you had left—sends the world spinning off its axis. It can feel like a free-fall into grief. “But it’s also liberating,” my friend said. “Is that an awful …

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A Writer, a Shoe Salesman, and a Corpse Walk into a Bar…

Mark Twain once said that analyzing a joke is like dissecting a frog. You can learn a lot, but the frog tends to die in the process.  Still, we’re going to ignore the warning this morning and take a look at what does and what doesn’t work in this passage. …

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Wired for Display

You meet them when you attend a family picnic or during a shared lunch at work. Even when you’re cheering your kid on from the sidelines of a soccer game. They cut across all socio-economic statuses, gender identities, religions, and nationalities. What am I talking about? The phenomenon Jane Friedman …

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