My Bloody Shinebox: Dealing With Unfair Critics

Every writer has dreaded yet anticipated the unstoppable times when we are bunched up with other writers, sometimes in desks or table arranged in a circle, led by a teacher, mentor, or volunteer instructor who have us go around, one by one, and we offer our personal work or projects to the group, like a …

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Writing On Receipt Paper and Other Random Surfaces

What is the most nerve-wringing advice every writer hears? "Every day. Write every single day. You can't be a real writer if you don't actually write, so make sure you write every day. Have work? Wake up at 6AM and write. Can't wake up early? Write until midnight. Need full eight hours sleep? Haha, that's …

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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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Reality: Stranger Than Fiction Part II

I never used to be so thankful for Fridays. When I worked at Walgreens, I always did a Tuesday to Saturday work week, so it wasn't until I quit that the weekends felt good again and I looked forward to them. My mood is lighter and I feel as if I finally caught back up …

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