December 2014

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  • New years resolutions for writers

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    We hope you had a good Christmas week with family! It’s December 29th, and we’re inching closer and closer to the New Year, where we’ll all stay up too late, watch fireworks, and, of course, make New Years resolutions. I’m goal-motivated; nothing helps me get productive as fast as a good to-do list, and New […]

  • That writing high

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    It’s the best feeling in the world, when you get a writing high. Maybe it’s because you finished NaNoWriMo. Maybe an anthology accepted your short story for publication (the anthology that just accepted Catherine’s story publishes in May… just saying). Maybe you’re about to release a novel. Maybe you’ve hit the tremendous mile marker of […]

  • Writing female characters

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    We all love that George R.R. Martin quote, where he puts his interviewer in a really awkward position by exposing the sexism inherent in the question: “I noticed that you write women really well and really different. Where does that come from?” Martin’s response–that he audaciously “consider[s] women to be people”–forms the heart of my […]

  • Christmas gifts for writers

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    Need an idea for a Christmas gift for that writer in your life? Look no further. Pretty much anything from The Literary Gift Company is a good bet. I salivate over this company’s website like a tween girl over a One Direction poster. The only downside is that they only ship from the UK at […]

  • That metaphor is a garnish

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    This list of infamous metaphors—often purported to be written by real high school students, but actually the results of a contest—is one of my favorite things. Some of its best gems include: “He was the size and shape of a man much larger than him.” “He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought […]

  • We want to hear from you!

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    We’re really excited about the posts we have slated for the rest of the month and early 2015! We’re planning to cover New Years resolutions for writers, talk about the pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing, host a contest, and (by popular demand) look at metaphors. And that’s the short list! But as we […]

  • Challenge!

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    For those who finished NaNo, congratulations! That’s a huge accomplishment, and you deserve to be proud. To help keep you in the habit of writing and give you some time to let the novel sit before you take on your first major revision, we’ve devised a challenge: Write a piece of flash fiction (fewer than […]