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Guest Author Ashley Woodfolk: Finding Inspiration Everywhere
I mostly consider myself to be a contemporary writer.I love writing about real world issues; about kissing; about music and art and people trying to figure out who they are as they’re still becoming.So I look for inspiration in the real world. In the people I see on the subway, the songs I hear on Spotify playlists, the color of ...
The Beauty That Remains,
Writing Setting with All Five Senses
You’re in a bustling cafe in downtown Philadelphia. You can hear the cappuccino machine steaming milk - whirring bursts of sound that you know will result in the most perfect froth. You smell the scent of coffee and freshly baked breads and pastries. You see the long line; a mother pushing a stroller, a tall man in a well-cut suit, ...
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So You Finished Your First Draft
Dear Writer,You’re almost there. You can probably even see it--your word count goal--flickering like an oasis in your subconscious. Those last 15,000 words or so seeming insurmountable, or possibly, if you’re lucky, completely and utterly doable. Whether you’re almost finished with NaNoWriMo, or just finishing up the first draft of a novel not written under the duress that is the ...
NaNoWriMo: Productive Procrastination
NaNoWriMo is just around the corner. But instead of giving you the typical tips and tricks for how to write 50K words in a month's time, I thought I'd do the opposite—give you advice on what to do when you may not make your daily, weekly, or overall goal.You've had a long day at school. Or work. Your friends are ...
Writing Outside Your Experience: Handle With Care
Lately, it seems the whole world is abuzz with the issue of diversity. From #OscarsSoWhite, and the whitewashing of characters of color in film and television, to the horrific tragedy in Orlando, the deaths that spurred the Black Lives Matter movement, and the religious and racial issues that are fueling a lot of the political conversation of our current election, ...
We Need Diverse Books,