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How to Find the Best Writing Group for You

There is a writing group to fit every need. There are heavy-duty critique groups that provide written feedback MFA-style. (I was a member of one that had by-laws and a mission statement. It was intense.) There are casual online groups that allow you to email pages...

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Your 2018 Writing Resolutions

Whether you love New Year's resolutions or love to hate them, the start of a fresh calendar is a good time to take stock in the past year and think about where you want to go in the next. I've become a convert to the benefits of writing resolutions. Setting writing...

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31 Days of Writing Inspiration

I love this time of year. The twinkle lights. The egg nog. The holiday movies I wrap myself in like a cozy blanket. But by the end, I'm drained. I'm usually running on empty and limping across the start line that is the new year. It takes me a while to recover and...

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Eighth Annual Great Books to Give…and Get

Books make great gifts! If you've got a long list of people to buy for this holiday season and no idea what to get them, here are a few suggestions from books I enjoyed this year. 12 Recommended Books of the Year For the person who thinks their journals are...

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Create Immersive Setting and Place in Just 5 Days

If you’ve been hanging around the writers’ water cooler for a bit, there’s no doubt you’ve heard the term “worldbuilding” followed by the names Rowling or Tolkien spoken in hushed, reverential tones. You may have wondered, “What is it? Do I need it? If so, how do I...

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The Simple Way to Be a Writer 24/7

Recently I went hiking at Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island. Mashomack encompasses one-third of the island including woodlands, marshes, ponds, coastline, and grasslands. As pristine as it is, I began my hike with a lot on my mind. My thoughts were spiraling around...

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A Surprising Trick to Write Vivid Description

Each October, the Van Cortlandt Manor, a few miles north of Manhattan, hosts the Great Pumpkin Blaze. We’ve never been able to get tickets—by the time we got around to thinking about autumn and Halloween, it was always sold out. This year we didn’t leave it to chance....

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Young Jane Young, by Gabrielle Zevin

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