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6 Ways To Experiment In Short Stories

Writing short stories is a great way to build and flex your writing muscles. The short format also allows for experimentation in ways that longer forms do not.



First Drafts: 5 Things That are OK and 1 That’s Not

First drafts are notoriously messy things. That’s really okay but let’s look a little closer at some things about it that are okay, and one thing that is not.



7 Ways to Use NaNoWriMo to Make You a Better Writer All Year Long

Gaining and practicing skills that will serve you in the long term provides you with an invaluable leg up on the rest of your writing career. Here are seven that fit the bill.



JK Rowling’s 8 Rules of Writing

Everyone eventually comes up with their own personal writing rules and define your unique style. To help with that, we study others people’s rules. I think it helps to look at the rules of those writers who have been successful. Few have been more successful than J.K. Rowling. Here are her eight rules.



4 Ways to Write Backstory That Matters

Backstory is one of those things that you really have to be careful with. You are in love with your characters and want your readers to love them just as much, But, how much is too much—or—too little?



The existential dilemma of whether or not to follow your characters wherever they might lead.

The old saying about the inmates running the asylum may be true in some instances where your characters have led you into places that make no sense and have nothing to do with the plot you sat down to write, but … they can also take you places you had not dared to go before and your writing ascends to a new level. Let the battle between plotters and pantsers continue. There is room for both in the wild and wacky world of writing.


The existential dilemma of whether or not to follow your characters wherever they might lead.