Fiction

“Story Is a State of Mind”: The Best Online Creative Writing Course + A Free Writing Critique

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Summer is finally here, writers! While the coziness of winter is great for snuggling up with a notebook and pen, you can’t beat the sights and smells and sounds of summer when it comes to inspiration. If all this fresh air has you itching to dive deeper with your writing, I want to make sure you know about […]

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5 Reasons to Attend a Writers’ Conference

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Kat Gonso, our fiction director at Compose | A Journal of Simply Good Writing, recently wrote an article called Why You Should Go to a Writers’ Conference … Now. This is a topic I know you’ll appreciate, so here’s a little clip: For years, I talked myself out of attending a writers’ conference. I’m not good enough. What if […]

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Stash, Trash or Refresh: The Ultimate Guide to Dealing with Boring In-Between Story Parts

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Today’s post is written by Alex Limberg. In a thrilling murder mystery, your detective has just found out that the villain and his partner in crime will be meeting in the abandoned slaughterhouse. The scene before and the scene after are packed with suspense. But how does your protagonist pass the two days until the […]

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Your Free Trial of The Author Accelerator Book-Coaching Program

I’m so excited today to be able to share with you this 30-minute video session with book coach Jennie Nash, and to be part of a special offer she’s extending to readers of Write It Sideways: a free week’s trial of her new book-coaching program, Author Accelerator. Jennie and I first connected years ago when […]

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7 Tension-Building Tips for Writing Action Scenes

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Today’s post is written by Joan C. Curtis. She’s the author of four business books and a new mystery, The Clock Strikes Midnight. The best writers know how to create action scenes that cause readers to fly through the pages, dying to know what happens next. As a reader, I lose myself in the action and […]

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I Got Published in “The Writer” Magazine

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I’m happy to share some exciting news with you today: an essay of mine was purchased by The Writer a few months ago, and it appears in the November issue. The piece is called “Stand out”; the cover line is “Make your mark in literary journals.” Although “Stand out” is not available online, the November issue is on […]

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