by Allison Maruska In April, I was a judge for two writing contests – Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver contest and Ryan Lanz’s short story contest. I was honored to be asked to fill the role once, let alone twice. And while I enjoyed judging great stories, I also learned a few things about… Read More 9 Tips for Writing Better Short Stories
by Sarah Pesce Fanfic tends to get a bad rap and sometimes is cast as the shameful secret that writers hide about their past for fear that it might damage their reputation as a serious author. It’s “unprofessional” or “just a hobby” or “silly” or “not creative enough.” Anyone who’s ever been in… Read More What Writing Fanfic Can Teach You
by Meg Dowell A skilled writer never stops learning. One of my main goals in keeping this blog is that I never imply to any reader that I have all the answers or know everything there is to know about writing. I have always believed, and always will, that skilled writers never stop… Read More 3 Things I Learned Writing For a Media Company Full Time
by Larry Kahaner I write fast. I write fast because that’s just how I learned to write, lo those many years ago, when I was a newspaper reporter. You wrote fast because the job demanded it. You had your notes in front of you, the clock was ticking, editors were waiting for copy,… Read More Don’t Hate Me Because I Write Fast
by Ashlee McNicol We all need a little help sometimes. As authors, it can be really hard to keep up with our writing when social media management and promotions take so much time out of the day. Most of us intend to make it full-time, but if you have no background in business,… Read More How to Evaluate Your Current Author Marketing Strategy
by Lauren Sapala Why is learning how to write so hard? If you want to be a writer, there are countless MFA programs, online courses, and more advice than one person could ever read on the internet. There are a bajillion writing guides on Amazon. And if you jump around on social media… Read More You Do Not Write the Story. The Story Writes You.
by Allison Maruska Welcome to Part 4 of our blogging mini-series on where writers get stuck, which launched after I ran this poll on Twitter.