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Kristen Arnett: How I Write

The award-winning writer discusses her writing rules, going from short stories to novels, taxidermy, and more … Read More “Kristen Arnett: How I Write”

Beach gear for writers

There’s no better reading than beach reading. Hit the sand in style with the help of this literary seaside swag … Read More “Beach gear for writers”

Story rules, plot drools

The three crucial storytelling elements every novel needs to succeed … Read More “Why story trumps plot”

Do you really have to write every day?

What does an ideal writing life look like? We asked successful authors to share their essential goals, habits, and routines … Read More “Do you really have to write every day?”

#RutBusterBook: Running down a dream? More like walking

Remounting the horse after you get bucked for a month (which may be a good thing … Read More “#RutBusterBook: Running down a dream? More like walking”

Why writing + time = magic

A case for letting your words marinate … Read More “Why writing + time = magic”

Writing Prompts

These boots were made for talking

Write a short story or poem from the perspective of a pair of shoes. What kind of shoes are they? What kind of life have … Read More “Writing prompt: These boots were made for talking”

Coloring your characters. This abstract image features a silhouetted man with a rainbow-colored cloud coming out of his head.

Create a color palette for all of the characters in your novel. Who leans more towards warm tones, and who prefers cool ones? Who dresses … Read More “Fiction writing prompt: Coloring your characters”

You scream, I scream, we all scream for this set of haunted ice cream cones, which feature an orange pumpkin scoop, a chocolate skull scoop, and .a bloody scoop with a cookie grave popping out.

Your local ice cream parlor has a dark secret. What is it – and what happens when someone finds out … Read More “You scream, I scream”

Summer 2019 Flash Contest

Summer seems like the right time to write short. Show us your very best work in any genre, fiction or nonfiction. The catch? We’ll only accept works that are 1,000 words or less.