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It's OK If You Don't Like to Write in Coffee Shops

For the longest time, I have wished I were the kind of person who could walk to Starbucks, order a coffee, sit down alone at a table and tell a story without saying a word. 576 more words

Meg Dowell

Structure by guest author Allison Symes

This article was first published on 24 Novermber 2016 at http://allisonsymes-thisworldandothers.weebly.com/blog—creating-worlds/structure

I used to be frightened of the thought of story structure.  It seemed too formal, too technical etc.  221 more words

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Three years and five drafts: Stephanie Gangi on the writing of THE NEXT


In a recent conversation, this blog’s proprietor, Bill, asked me a question about my debut novel, The Next (St. Martin’s Press): “How do you combine a fast and complicated plot with character study and writing that is ‘literary fiction’?” 1,235 more words

Authors As Guest Bloggers

Are you ready to self-publish?

There’s no doubt that for many authors today the self-publishing route is the best option. Digital publishing platforms like Amazon Kindle and Smashwords make it all sound easy…but it isn’t. 42 more words

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Writing Tips: The Magical Properties Of Cypress Trees

Image credit: The featured image is titled Witch. It was produced by Patricia Casal and is being used under a Creative Commons BY – NC – ND License… 2,436 more words

Panoply | Portfolios

via Daily Prompt: Panoply

Personally, I try to force myself to put a portfolio together every year of stuff that I’m proud of. It can be a collection of short stories and poems or maybe, if I was mostly working on a long piece, a ten-page segment from that. 136 more words

How Watching More TV Shows Has Improved My Writing

Before this year, I really didn’t watch that much TV. I had a few shows I watched while they were on, and that was about it. 527 more words

Meg Dowell