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Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time in Summer 2019

This contest submissions season covers deadlines from June 1, 2019 through September 1, 2019. Summer is a slower time for any literary journal or contest associated with a university, but there are still opportunities between beach waves and new drafts. Thanks to Literistic, Poets & Writers, Submittable Discover, and New …

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Are You Making Writing Harder Than it Needs to Be?

A common belief is that making art is hard. It requires suffering. “There’s nothing to writing,” the sportswriter Red Smith once said, “Just open a vein and bleed.” We have hundreds of models to reinforce this idea—the sufferings of Van Gogh, the tortured drunkenness of Faulkner, the suicides of Virginia …

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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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Writing Advice for Fools

image by Gary Ging Happy April Fools’ Day! In honor of the holiday, I’ll be giving highly prescriptive, condescending writing advice that sets arbitrary limits, reinforces inflexible constraints, and just generally crushes your creative spirit. For fools, from a fool. *throws confetti, the most foolish of celebration tactics* Write what …

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Biting the Bullet — Tracking my Writing Habit

Image by Natascha Kranenburg I’m a writer. I’ve been a writer since I first held a pencil and figured out how to spell, both somewhere around the first grade. (I was a late bloomer.) Writing is as integral to my identity as my name or my face. Yet somehow this …

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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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Yes, I’m Still Sick: Writing with Chronic Illness

Flickr Creative Commons: Sal A friend texted me the other day while I was lying on my back under the glaring light of my dental surgeon’s chair. How are you? I’m still sick. [Attachment: photo of me on laughing gas.] You have had the (poop-emoji-est) January ever! [Interpret ‘poop-emoji-est’ as …

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How to Plan a DIY Writing Retreat

For years I regarded writing retreats as an extravagance. The idea of going on one sounded like a dream, but I could never quite justify the expense. After all, I work from home in a quiet, comfortable office. My schedule allows me to split my time between freelance and fiction …

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Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time in Spring 2019

This submissions season covers deadlines from March 1, 2019 through May 31, 2019. How was the start of your writing year? Deep into drafts and submissions or still working up to your first? Here’s another invigorating round of opportunities. Thanks to Literistic, Poets & Writers, Submittable Discover, and New Pages …

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Writing Characters That Are ‘Smarter’ Than You

Flickr Creative Commons: Steve McFarland   We are so excited to welcome our newest contributor to Writer Unboxed – Rheea Mukherjee! Rheea is the author of The Body Myth, which is releasing this month from Unnamed Press. Rheea is the co-founder of Write Leela Write, a design and content laboratory …

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