10 Reasons Why I Love Writing Flash
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10 Reasons Why I Love Writing Flash

By Sudha Balagopal I wrote big, then went small. I discovered the art of writing small fiction or flash fiction after having two short story collections and a novel published. My first flash piece was published in 2016, when the form cast the initial spell on me, fascinating me with its versatility, immediacy and energy. Read more

5 Ways to Keep Your Protagonist Proactive
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5 Ways to Keep Your Protagonist Proactive

By Janice Hardy (@Janice_Hardy) Get your protagonist up off the couch and into the story. When I was six, I wrote a series called Dog City that followed the adventures of a team of dog archaeologists as they searched for a lost city of, you guessed it, dogs. It was all of four books, bound Read more

What Triathlons Taught Me About Writing
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What Triathlons Taught Me About Writing

By Miffie Seideman When people find out I’m training for another Ironman triathlon, they usually ask me why I would spend countless hours working towards a single goal that I might not even win (or finish?). Wait until they find out I’m a writer! Honestly, though, triathlon is a wonderful sport. It’s full of very Read more

How To Build Your Own MFA Experience
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How To Build Your Own MFA Experience

by Tasha Seegmiller I just finished my MFA at Pacific University. I had several reasons I went to get this expensive graduate degree, one which is obvious – I wanted to dedicate time to my writing. I wanted to get better.  But it was expensive. Really expensive.  And that is a significant reason why many Read more

Showing Emotion: When, Why & How
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Showing Emotion: When, Why & How

by Laurie Schnebly Campbell Some people read strictly for information. How to make a catapult or cassoulet. What dinosaurs evolved into. When to get the best deal on a new phone. They don’t care about emotion in a book. So we don’t care about them, either, by golly. We care about readers who want to Read more

10 Different Writing Tricks to Make Your Point
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10 Different Writing Tricks to Make Your Point

by Barbara Linn Probst I worry, sometimes, that we’ve gotten in the habit of thinking of telling as the bad twin and showing as the good one—as if there are only two options and, of those, only one that the skillful writer would choose. It’s more complex, however. And we have more options. Let’s take Read more

Tips for Landing a Guest Posting Gig
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Tips for Landing a Guest Posting Gig

by Becca Puglisi I’m so happy to be back at Writers in the Storm today talking about writerly goodness with all of you. I get to do this a couple of times each year, thanks to this crew’s generosity. And it all started with me reaching out and begging requesting a guest posting opportunity. Guest Read more

10 Common Kitchen Objects to Use As Weapons
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10 Common Kitchen Objects to Use As Weapons

By Piper BayardOf Bayard & Holmes My writing partner, Jay Holmes, is a forty-five-year veteran of the military and intelligence communities, and we write espionage fiction and nonfiction. We are often asked what weapons we prefer for fights. We both advocate firearms training for the best self-defense in real life. However, in writing, we follow Read more

Memoir Writing 101 – Getting Started
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Memoir Writing 101 – Getting Started

By Linda Ruggeri This post could also be called: What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Writing My Memoir. This is Part 1 in a three-part series. As a nonfiction editor and writing coach, I often work with first-time memoir writers who have a story to tell and need help shaping it. These writer-editor Read more

Book Cover 101: Design Pitfalls to Avoid on Your Way to Bestseller
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Book Cover 101: Design Pitfalls to Avoid on Your Way to Bestseller

by Melinda VanLone Whether you’re designing your own covers or hiring someone to do it for you, it’s easy to fall prey to some common traps along the way. Here are five pitfalls to avoid as you navigate the wild world of cover design. Genre Misfire A great-looking piece of art that doesn’t represent your Read more