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The Dog Doesn’t Die: Heal Yourself With These Rewritten Book Scenes

Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt the dogs. Electric Literature’s Riane Konc rewrote famous stories where the dog dies, so this time the dog doesn’t die. It’s cathartic for gentle souls and for fans of literary rewrites like Texts From Jane Eyre or How It Should Have Ended. An excerpt from the new Where the…Read […]

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Use a Placeholder in Your Writing to Keep From Getting Stuck

Sometimes the hardest part about writing isn’t finding ideas or knowing how to begin, it’s maintaining a flow so you actually finish what you started. It’s not quite total writer’s block since you’re already on the move, but a writer’s road block, if you will. This trick that Star Trek: The Next Generation staff…Read more… […]

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How to Break Through a Creative Block

Whether you like to draw, paint, write, choreograph, or play music, you’re probably familiar with the creative block, where you just can’t seem to do anything despite your motivation. To escape that rut, try doing what you do best, only terribly.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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What I Learned Doing NaNoWriMo for the First Time

This past month I participated in National Novel Writing Month (also known as “NaNoWriMo”). It was fun, exhausting, stressful, and, at times, miserable. But it was also one of the greatest lessons I’ve ever learned regarding time management and creativity.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Shape a Story, According to Famous Writers

Stories have shapes. Any story you tell works best if you recognize its shape, then strengthen that shape. This applies to a story of any length, whether you’re putting in your 50,000 words for National Novel Writing Month 2017, or honing your favorite party anecdote, or even marketing something, including yourself.…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Trick Yourself Into Writing Well by Telling Yourself to Write Badly

One of the best things about NaNoWriMo, or any terrifying deadline, is that it forces you to write quickly. (Hello, procrastinators.) If you’re writing quickly—if writing quickly is your stated goal—then you don’t have time to do the number one thing that interrupt your writing flow: think about whether what you’re…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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How to Get Into—and Make the Most of—an Artist Residency

Last August, I made a brief visit to paradise. I woke up early and took a quick walk down a flower-lined path and over a river to breakfast. Once caffeinated, I headed to my studio, a cozy room with a bookshelf, desk, and armchair for reading, with a window overlooking that river, whose burbling underscored […]

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How to Self-Publish a Book

So you want to self-publish your book? You’re in good company. Plenty of authors have gone ahead of you, working to prove that high-quality books can hold their own in the marketplace without the support of a traditional publisher. Amazon, of course, has changed the entire publishing landscape, but authors have been…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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