You’ve Got To Read To Write

Want to know a secret, writer? If you want to be a great writer, you must discipline yourself to be a great reader as well. It's never surprising that a writer was once an avid reader in their younger days. That's how many get their start, but what many neglect to learn or practice is …

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People Are Strange, Characters Can Be Too

Working in retail, I've had many experiences with unusual people, coworkers and customers alike. Some weren't bad, just odd. This one guy who worked at the second store I went to while attending school, let's call him Todd, was an odd duck of his own unusual category. He was underweight, so much his belt struggled …

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Random Writing Prompt of the Day

"What?" Your character (or picture yourself if that helps) is sitting at the bar. They/you are enjoying a drink or a bite to eat. Someone slips into the seat next to them, turns towards them, a stranger that they/you cannot discern from any other stranger from the crowd in the building or from off the …

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Romance Is Dead (For Good Reason)

Every active reader and writer of Young Adult varieties can recall the cold age of the sparkling vampire romance years from not so long ago. Remember? When everyone was hyperventilating to Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner's roles as heartthrob creatures that both vied for one mortal woman (who had no extraordinary personality, traits, talents, or …

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