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March 23, 2018

Do you ever have AMAZING ideas for a story that you just don’t think you can accomplish on your own? Ever come across someone with whom you can bounce ideas back and forth like pro tennis players?

Here’s a thought for you: Collab! It may be the answer to your problems a...

January 26, 2018

Are you a lover of poetry? Reading it can calm you, anger you, make you fall in love. If you've ever desired the talent for writing poetry, I have a few tools that you can try. Everyone has their own style of writing of course, but hopefully some of these points may pe...

January 12, 2018

“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”

-Patrick Rothfuss, Name of the Wind

This quote took the words right out of my mouth. Words are p...

December 29, 2017

There are the obvious cliches, such as: “my heart was pounding in my chest”, or, “my breath caught in my throat”. There are dozens more that I’m sure you’re familiar with.

Per dictionary.com, the first definition of cliche is: “a trite, stereotyped expression; a sentenc...

December 15, 2017

The gunshot is very loud in my ears. My stomach feels like there might be a hole in it. Ouch. I have been shot and the blood keeps pouring out and it hurts deep inside and I might be dying—

STOP RIGHT THERE.

That was horrible, right? Sorry to put you through that. How do...

November 16, 2017

As a writer, do you ever feel as if you’re stuck? That your skills as a writer have hit a wall? I’ve discussed in a previous blog the benefits of having a writing group, but I’d like to lay down some more info on other resources, namely writing classes.

If you had great...

October 26, 2017

How many of you have heard of NaNoWriMo? How many of you plan on participating? For those of you not familiar, National Novel Writing Month is an event in which the month of November is set aside for authors to do nothing but write for a month straight. The goal is to...

October 11, 2017

So, you’ve finished your book and you’re ready to mail it out to publishing companies. But, remember that most (if not all) publishing companies you’re interested in will require that you have a literary agent first. Don’t worry though! I’m going to break it down for y...

July 19, 2017

All too often, I find myself falling into a rut when I’m trying to write. I’ll be pumping out pages, feeling like the most awesome writer in the world, and then it’ll stop. The motivation just seeps out of me and I feel a bit hollow. Anyone else experience that? Well,...

June 21, 2017

Much of what we post in our blog is geared towards writing fiction, whether that be short stories or novels. But what of poetry?

Poetry is just as much of a literary art as any short story or novel. In fact, we receive many more poetry submissions than the other forms o...

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