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How to write flash fiction

All writers need writing practice, and flash fiction based on a photo or other prompt is a great way to expand your creativity and maybe even break through writer’s block. It can build confidence, too, especially if you’re a beginner. The best part is that it doesn’t require a big time commitment. Flash fiction, also… Read More

Kill Your Adjectives — Well, Most of Them

You read that right. Kill your adjectives. The same advice goes around about adverbs. Stephen King famously wrote, in his memoir On Writing, “the road to hell is paved with adverbs.” King doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ever use them. The point is that a carefully chosen verb packs a more powerful punch on its own. If you… Read More

2018: Set Writing Goals and Make Time for Epiphanies

Happy New Year, writers! What’s up your writerly sleeve for 2018? I’m posting this, by the way, a few days after January 1 as a reminder that you can set writing goals any time (remember that). After all, goal setting doesn’t have to be a big, shiny new year thing. Besides, January 1 and all… Read More

Traditional, Self, Indie, and Vanity Publishing—What’s the Difference?

Traditional publishing, self-publishing, indie-publishing, and vanity-publishing. It’s enough to make your head spin, and with all the constant changes, it’s hard to keep up. It’s even hard to have a conversation sometimes. The trouble is that the terminology we use in almost any industry, sport, hobby, or even a company is almost always well-known by… Read More

Write Your Truth and Skip “Write What You Know”

You’ve heard the advice to “write what you know,” right? It sounds kind of wise and deep. Profound, even. And beginning writers scramble their brains trying to figure out what they know and how to write it. I know I did. Sometimes the conclusion is “I don’t know anything,” and you give up after a… Read More