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Top Tips For Creating Realistic Writing Goals

Guest post by Claerie Kavanaugh Aspiring to be a writer is one thing, but actually being one is entirely another. For some people, calling themselves a “real writer” means they are published and may or may not have made money off of their work. That does make them a published writer, but the first step… Continue reading Top Tips For Creating Realistic Writing Goals

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Five Ways to Spark Creativity by Benjamin Thomas

Every writer gets stuck at some point. For some, the period of creative stagnation is solved by a simple nap or run at the gym. Afterward, writer's block floats away like a red balloon from a sewer drain. But for others, well. . . who knows how long it could last? There are a million… Continue reading Five Ways to Spark Creativity by Benjamin Thomas

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The Game of the Name by Darby Karchut

What’s in a name? Well, a lot, actually. The perfect names expand your imaginary universe and can help establish your characters and their world right from the get-go, which is a big ol’ bucket of help when writing a short story. Here are five things to think about when choosing names for your characters: Respect… Continue reading The Game of the Name by Darby Karchut

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5 Tips for a Stronger Short Story by Leigh Statham

Leigh Statham is the perfect author to talk about short stories because, in addition to being a prolific short story writer and award-winning author, she's the founder and editor of a successful short story magazine. So, here's Leigh, talking about common problems she sees in short story submissions, and the top 5 things YOU can… Continue reading 5 Tips for a Stronger Short Story by Leigh Statham

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Five Reasons Novelists Should Write Short Stories

As we ramp up on the short story reading for our anthology submissions, I’ve been thinking about why short stories are so great—especially for authors whose focus is on longer fiction like novels. Next week we’ll talk about short story structure and tips for writing, but today we’ll focus on why writing them matters. Learn… Continue reading Five Reasons Novelists Should Write Short Stories