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How to Improve Your Writing… Right Now

Many of you would love to write better short stories or poems, more compelling blog posts, more intriguing articles. And you’ve probably heard all the old advice by now. Practice makes perfect. Get...

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Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing

Master of crime fiction, one of the most prolific writers of our time, Elmore Leonard shared his ten rules of writing in a short piece for The New York Times. 1. Never open a book with weather. “It was...

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Is Writing Your Religion or Profession?

J.D. Salinger once wrote, “Do you know what I was smiling at? You wrote down that you were a writer by profession. It sounded to me like the loveliest euphemism I had ever heard. When was writing ever...

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To All The Books I’ll Never Read

In my younger, more vulnerable years, I used to keep a list of all the books I read. I took pride in this, took pride in counting how many books I read in any given year. I was one of the few who liked...

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9 Lessons I’ve Learned About Creativity, Procrastination, and Punching The...

I think I wrote and published well over a million words by now. Probably even more. Who knows? Who cares? After all, the blank page that I have to fill right now with words doesn’t care about my...

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The Creative Muscle

In the sixteen years since I wrote my first story, I’ve published five books, thousands of blog posts, and written a billion or so words that I later deleted. When I first got started, one of my...

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How to Fall in and Out of Love With Your Muse

“There is a muse, but he’s not going to come fluttering down into your writing room and scatter creative fairy-dust all over your typewriter or computer. He lives in the ground. He’s a basement kind of...

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TMM: A Lonely Job

“An artist is always alone – if he is an artist.” – Henry Miller Writing is a lonely job, no doubt about it. And no matter how successful you might become, you’re still alone. It’s the inexorable truth...

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Henry Miller’s 10 Tips to Help You Write Like Yourself

Henry Miller’s prose is unconventional, unapologetically sexual and philosophical, the topic of much controversy (his books were banned in the US until 1961), which is why he’s the kind of writer who...

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Four Dystopian Novels That Are Eerily Close to Becoming True

Dystopia literally means “not-good place” and is a term used to describe a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. Dystopian novels were all the rage back when during the Cold War,...

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