Inspiration

What Charlotte Brontë Taught Me About Writing

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Today’s post is written by regular contributor Benison O’Reilly. I like to mix up my fiction reading—commercial versus literary, classics versus contemporary. A year or so ago, I decided to tackle Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. Mrs. Gaskell, as she was simply known, was a contemporary of Charles Dickens and the novel has been described […]

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Can a Foreign Language Enhance your Writing?

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Today’s post is written by regular contributor Sarah Baughman. If you’ve read Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, you’ll know—regardless of what you think of the narrator’s morals—it’s full of rich language: literary allusions, elevated diction, alliteration, detailed and unusual imagery, and wry humor. Nabokov handles his rather sordid subject with a linguistic sophistication any writer would admire, […]

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Cynthia Morris: Why Books Can Take So Long

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Debra Eve.   Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail inspired Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 last year. But Cheryl took her famous hike in 1995. Wild was a bestseller fifteen years in the making. David Guterson wrote Snow Falling on Cedars over […]

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‘Story Is a State of Mind’ Review + Free Bonuses

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Today’s article is written by Suzannah Windsor Freeman, founding editor of Write It Sideways. Have you ever wondered what the difference is between your average published book and the ones that go on to receive accolades? The type of books that have gold stars and big-name blurbs on the cover? I think I know now. […]

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There Are Two Kinds of People…

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Susan Bearman. There are two kinds of people in the world, and I have been all of them. Infantile and wise. Majestic and wretched. Crestfallen and elated. Gracious and a horse’s ass. I have been these people and many, many more. As a writer, this duplicity or plurality of being […]

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Interview with Medieval Noir Author Jeri Westerson

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Debra Eve.  All writers lead double lives. They create worlds and cook dinner, slay monsters and do washloads, invent starships and stand in traffic, work their dreams, work a day job, and raise a family. Bram Stoker, PD James, and David Seidler all wrote on the side until they could […]

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