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The art of not writing

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2021 Fall Book Preview: Fiction

It’s a big season for new fiction.

The definitive guide to “show, don’t tell”

‘Show, don’t tell’ is great advice…in theory. In practice, it’s not that simple. We asked six acclaimed authors for their best advice … Read More “The definitive guide to “show, don’t tell””

The best gifts for Edgar Allan Poe fans

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On finding confidence as a new writer

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What an apple tree taught me about editing

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Writing Prompts

Creating fully developed fictional characters

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Halloween writing prompt: Six feet under

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Power struggle

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Summer Guide to Writing Contests

Inside, you’ll find dozens of contests for every genre, all with deadlines in spring and summer 2021.