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Writing Through Uncertainty (With a Writerly Life Jacket)

Please forgive me in advance, but this is going to be an unusual post. Writing-life-wise, I’ve been feeling a bit out of sorts, you see. And it seems to have had an effect on my WU essay routine. I normally write my WU essays about a week in advance. I …

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The In-Between Stages of Writing

Photo by Nolan Issac on Unsplash There are so many in-between phases in the writing life. There’s the time before you begin writing a story, but have already felt the beginnings of a story simmering inside you. The time between finishing a draft and revising it. The time between finishing …

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25 Truths About the Work of Writing

image by Anthony Auston It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer whose latest post is scheduled to publish on Labor Day must, when considering topics, find herself muttering, “Well, shouldn’t I write something about work?” And so, because there are many, many things to say about the work of …

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Writing, Politics, and the Fuzzy Grey Line Between

A few weeks ago, I was teaching a class on writing authentic antagonists to a group of children. I asked the kids, aged nine to twelve, to yell out the name of their favourite villains so I could write them on the board. The idea was to get a list …

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Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time in Fall 2018

What are your submission or rejection goals for 2018? Inspired by Lit Hub’s 100 rejections per year post, I got 93 rejections 2017 and aim to cross 100 this year. Since my last contest roundup, I’m at 99 rejections for this year! Read my latest responses in the latest edition …

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Is Collaborative Writing on the rise? And Making the Most of It

http://www.hci.org/ There’s no disputing that social media has disrupted and changed, perhaps forever, the way we receive and deliver information. It has also changed how we read—and because of this, I think it goes without saying that it has influenced our stylistic choices as writers. But another phenomenon seems to …

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The Hack’s Guide to Buying a Writing Desk

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. You’ve sat on the couch with your laptop for long enough. You’re a real writer, and you deserve a professional writing space …

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Finding the Tribe that Fuels Your Writing

Have you ever felt stuck in your isolation as a writer or mired in the world of your story? For months, I revised my novel and tried to turn it into the best version of itself but something was missing. I hadn’t explored the fullness and complexity of what it …

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What Motherhood Has (and Hasn’t) Changed About My Writing

My daughter, who I refer to as IB. The first time my husband and I talked about having kids, we were in our early 20s, not yet married, and the idea of starting a family felt so far away it might as well have been on the planet Jupiter. But …

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