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What’s the Score? – Outlander

The results of our most recent reader poll are in, and the winner – by a mere 2% of the vote – is international sensation Diana Gabaldon’s sweeping and fantastical historical romance, Outlander! Gabaldon’s tale of time-travel, war, intrigue, and passion exploded into the popular realm following its adaptation into a Starz original TV series [...]

By | April 25th, 2018|What's the Score?|9 Comments

Writers’ Markets – April 2018

Once again, we’ve been busy scouring the fiction markets, looking out for the most interesting homes for your latest stories. What did we find this time around? Take a look at the lists below! Be sure to thoroughly check the guidelines from each publisher. Even if you don’t have anything ready right now, they might [...]

By | April 23rd, 2018|Writers' Markets|3 Comments

The Pros and Cons of Joining a Writing Group

Writing can be a lonely task. As you sit by the light of your monitor and type away at a story, you have no idea if what you’re creating will be received as inspired genius or unmitigated drivel. One way to find out is to share your story with other people. Family and friends might [...]

By | April 18th, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|8 Comments

Are There Only 7 Stories in the World?

Many academics, most notably author Christopher Booker, believe that there are only seven basic plot structures in all of storytelling – frameworks that are recycled again and again in fiction but populated by different settings, characters, and conflicts. Those seven plots are: Overcoming the Monster Rags to Riches The Quest Voyage and Return Rebirth Comedy [...]

By | April 16th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|9 Comments

Guest Post: The 3 Steps to Writing Heaven

... or, Why Everything You’re Doing to Write More & Better is Wrong. Writing is hard. This is what we tell ourselves, over and over. Apply backside to chair. Force yourself to write. Don’t be tempted to do something more interesting. Writers write. This makes it tough for us mere humans, who feel guilt and [...]

By | April 11th, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|5 Comments

Why Does Reading Make You a Better Writer?

The answer to the question of whether being an active reader will make you a better writer won’t be news to most authors – it’s advice we’ve all been given on many occasions. But why does reading make you a better writer? How much should you read if you want to get the most benefit? [...]

By | April 9th, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|6 Comments