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I love Oreos. Milk’s favorite cookies are great on their own, but they’re over the top when combined with other ingredients. Imagine …

November 2, 2017

  You’ve written your masterpiece. Or at least a short story, novel, or essay you believe worthy of publication. But is it? …

March 26, 2017

By Sandra Merville Hart When it comes to research, contemporary writers have it so easy, right? I am teasing, because these novelists …

March 21, 2017
AnatomyGraysSex

Jim held a gray spheroid up to the light. “So Doc, you’re saying the sex of this alien was actually female?” “That …

February 13, 2017

The autopsy window allowed Jim a clear view of the good doctor’s grim work. The gray-skinned corpse had been cut open from …

January 16, 2017

by Sandra Merville Hart Mark Twain’s life was at a pivotal moment in the 1860s. He was out of the States and …

November 21, 2016
Use colored text to help you problem solve POV issues.

Welcome to The Efficiency Addict column, helping writers work more effectively every single day. For the next few months, I’ll be taking …

September 25, 2016
The creative tool kit

For years daily rituals have fascinated me. Was there a secret to the creative energy found in writers, poets, artists, and musicians? …

August 2, 2016
Click to learn the two greatest commandments for writing with humor

Thou Shalt write with humor. But how? By following these two commandments from humor author James N. Watkins: I. Thou Shalt Know Thy Audience When …

June 27, 2016

By Elaine Marie Cooper Life can throw curveballs at you. You’re certain one moment what will take place tomorrow. Then the unexpected …

May 10, 2016

A few days before the deadline for this blog I had some time to begin thinking about the next year and the …

January 12, 2016

What is it about a story that makes it compelling? Is it the characters? Is it the plot? Is it the element …

August 17, 2015

Hello, I’m Hope. A long, long time ago I used to teach English on the college level. I taught literature and essay …

July 29, 2015

Writers who listen are writers who learn. If we’re so busy pitching our ideas and promoting our writing agenda, we’ll turn into …

July 14, 2015

I’ve often pondered why I write, and what does it mean to be a writer. Sometimes I labor over my writing when …

June 25, 2015
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