Fifty year ago, S.E. Hinton’s classic The Outsiders hit bookshelves for the first time. Today, it still continues to inspire readers. In this article, Writer’s Digest pulled 9 writing tips from a 2000 interview with the author.
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For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Last (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Last Starfighter,” “Last Unicorn,” “Last Day of Summer,” “Last Cookie in the Cookie Jar,” and so on. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing […]
Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we’ve created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week’s posts all in one place. Keep Calm and Keep Writing Any time you start to think about giving up on writing, stop yourself. Here are 7 […]
For today’s prompt, write a fable poem. A fable is a story that conveys a moral, usually told with animal characters. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing the first draft. Rather, it’s an extension of the creation process! In the 48-minute tutorial video Re-creating Poetry: How to Revise Poems, poets will be inspired with several ways […]
Agents and editors often say they’re looking for a fresh writing voice. But what does voice mean? In this post from romance author Natalie Charles, you’ll learn to accept your strengths—and weaknesses—in order to embrace and discover your authentic voice.
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Let me just say that I offer these tips on writing historical fiction from my own limited experience. Doubtless there are other more serious writers out there who will glance over my measly list and scoff at its inadequacy—“Where is the section on research?” they might harrumph—and yet, I offer it anyway. I’ve lost track of how many readers have commented or written to me to say, after reading my […]
For today’s prompt, pick an object (any object), make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles could include: “Toothbrush,” “Rake,” “Pilot G2 Premium Gel Roller Pen,” or any number of other objective titles. Have fun with it. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing the first draft. Rather, it’s an extension […]
There are a lot of challenges and rewards to being an author, and one of the greatest (and sometimes brutal) challenges is getting published. I think we’ve all seen people magically picked up by publishers out of nowhere, but my experience is that they usually know someone in the business. For me, it was a slog that took more than ten years and hundreds of rejections from agents and editors. […]
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After a few bylines, successful queries, or even a book contract, it can be easy to assume that success will come simply by duplicating your efforts. Instead, the exact opposite may be true: Writers must treat each work as separate, and stop trying too hard.
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After today, we’ll be 67% of the way through this challenge. Only 10 days to go! For today’s prompt, write a task poem. The task can be some glorious duty, or it can be a seemingly small and insignificant job. Or the poem can take someone to task. It’s your task to figure it out and write it. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that […]