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November 24, 2020

Writers Need Community

by L.D. Barnes

Writing is a solitary endeavor; a person and the blank page in a vacuum, chugging away until a book appears fully formed. This is what many believe is the natural state of a writer. That is how it is portrayed in movies and television, but it is really?

No, and if you Google the phrase, you will get over seventeen million results. Reading through the first page of those results…

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November 17, 2020

Writing a Memoir

by Sophie Masson

Published by Writer Unboxed November 13, 2017

(At left, photo of Sophie at her grandmother’s.)

I was born into a family where stories were all-important. Not just stories you read in books, though those were much loved; not just stories about imaginary people and magical lands, though…

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November 10, 2020

6 Ways to Write Your Pandemic Blues Away

by Marcie Hill

Are you feeling some kind of way about the Coronavirus pandemic?

A lot has been happening in 2020 and I know I’ve experienced a myriad of emotions, sometimes going from happy to sad to angry in less than a minute. According to articles I’ve read, other emotions people have experienced…

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November 3, 2020

Seven Tips for Submitting Your Fiction for Publication

by Lynn Lumsden Green

Originally published in

Over the past two years, I’ve been working towards turning my obsession with writing into a serious business.

During that time, I’ve developed several strategies and techniques that may benefit other writers, particularly new or emerging writers who haven’t yet developed writing systems of…

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October 27, 2020

Quotes on Writing: 19 Classic and Contemporary Lessons from Black American Writers

by Jess Zafarris

Published in Writer's Digest on Jan. 14, 2018

From Toni Morrison to Jesmyn Ward, we've selected some thought-provoking quotes on writing by black American writers who have led—and some of whom continue to lead—the charge in making the writing world more inclusive.

I grew up in Memphis, Tenn., a…

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October 20, 2020

What’s the Inciting Incident?

What Does the Inciting Incident Actually Do? by Tim Storm

The inciting incident is often defined as “the thing that kickstarts the story.” And that definition can lead to some confusion about what the inciting incident is.

Take the original Star Wars film. What kickstarts that story?

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October 13, 2020

Naming Your Characters

by Samantha Hoffman

The characters in your novel are your creations, your children in a way, so their names have to be perfect; they're going to have to live with them forever.

It's said that Holly Golightly was originally named Connie Gustafson. Crazy, right? Would Breakfast at Tiffany's have been so successful…

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October 6, 2020

Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Started Submitting My Writing

by Leslie Wibberley

Originally published in Medium, February 17, 2020

A few tips to help new writers avoid the same mistakes I made.

When I returned to an old passion of mine, writing, just under five years ago, I was hopelessly uninformed about pretty much everything about the writing world.…

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September 29, 2020

Memoir: Don’t Let Its Definition Hold You Back From Writing One

by Nancy Chadwick

Are you a writer who's working on a memoir and sadly believes it’s not one because you feel it doesn’t meet the definition? “Memoir is supposed to be about one specific incident during one part of my life, and I’ve got a few of them over a couple of decades,”…

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September 22, 2020

Blogger Lands Traditional Contract Without Proposal

by Jennifer Brown Banks

This post was originally published by CWA in August 2016. It's just as inspiring today. Dreams do come true!

Meet Yuwanda Black.
This author's story is one that many of us only dream of.

by Jennifer Brown Banks

Once upon a time she was a blogger, Internet…

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