Are You a Writer Who Just Got Rejected? Here’s What to Do

Are You a Writer Who Just Got Rejected? Here’s What to Do

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If you’re a writer, then you probably have at least two voices in your head, one in each ear. One voice tells you that what you’re writing is the best thing ever, the next Harry Potter/Game of Thrones/Hunger Games. The other voice tells you that you’re a terrible writer and you should just give up. You suck down those fears and put a smile on your face. You’re a writer, and you have a short story of a novel or maybe you even have both. You submit your work and sit back.       “No, thanks.” It’s a stab …

These Beautiful Bookmarks Will Revolutionize Your Reading Experience!

These Beautiful Bookmarks Will Revolutionize Your Reading Experience!

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  What do you use to keep your place in the book you’re reading? Ribbon? Receipts? Scrap paper? Cheese? (According to the librarians of Twitter, creative bookmarks are more common that you think!) But ribbons get tangled or come loose, receipts and scrap paper easily flutter away and cheese? Well, let’s not even go there. But luckily, there is a better option, in the form of the beautiful Book Art Bookmarks.   On her website, Book Art Bookmarks’ creator Margaux explains where the idea to create these stunning place-keepers came from: I have two young, curious boys who love to …

Writers on Writing: Top 5 Craft Books by Famous Authors

Writers on Writing: Top 5 Craft Books by Famous Authors

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5. Why I Write by George Orwell   image via amazon   George Orwell outlines what he believes to be the four major motives for writing in Why I Write. They are sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose. Orwell exemplifies all these traits in his own writing, and it is fascinating to see how he balances his passion for political reform with his artistic ambition. “[T]he more one is conscious of one’s political bias, the more chance one has of acting politically without sacrificing one’s aesthetic and intellectual integrity.” 4. Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray …

Writers Confess Phrases They Overuse

Writers Confess Phrases They Overuse

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John Boyne, legendary author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, tweeted today asking other writers if they’ve wrestled with phrases they overuse, and if so, what they are:     If you’ve done any volume of writing, you can probably relate. Beyond a signature style, authors sometimes have words they use more often, or in this case, concepts and sentence pieces. A surprising number of them have to do with actions the characters are taking. The tweet got an enormous number of responses, causing the topic to trend on twitter. The whole thing gives the impression of characters doing …

10 Literary Christmas Trees That Will Spark Your Holiday Spirit

10 Literary Christmas Trees That Will Spark Your Holiday Spirit

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The holidays are finally upon us which means last minute holiday shopping, trying desperately to figure out what so-and-so wants (you ask them just to be met with “it doesn’t matter” even though you both know that’s not true), family reunions (let’s be honest, half of the time they end in tears and I don’t mean the happy ones), and the need to decorate your house in a way which both pleases you and impresses your family and friends.    On a lighter note, the holidays mean the perfect time to dust off your glue gun, try to find those …