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“14 Prompts does what most writing books don’t—gives you practical advice while also inspiring you to want to take it.” Andrea Cumbo,

Celebrating Our 1,000th Post with a HUGE Giveaway

The Write Practice 1000th Post Giveaway

In July 2011, I started The Write Practice, a blog to help people become better writers through deliberate practice. I could only imagine what it would look like three years later, the incredible contributors and, most of all, the amazing community of talented writers that it’s become.

Today, we’re publishing our 1,000th article on The Write Practice, and we’re giving away over $550 worth of free stuff to show our deep gratitude to this community.

How to Transform Your Inner Critic Into an Inner Cheerleader

Inner Critic

Do you ever feel like your own worst enemy when it comes to writing? Are there times when you are bursting with inspiration, bursting with ideas to write about, but struggle to get started or bring them fully to form?

When this happens, your creativity is not in the drivers seat. Instead, the inner critic is. Luckily, you can overcome your inner critic by transforming them into an inner cheerleader.

4 Reasons NaNoWriMo Rocks

2014 NaNoWriMo Calendar

In a nutshell, NaNoWriMo—or National Novel Writing Month—is an event held in November where one attempts to write a fifty-thousand word novel in thirty days. It may seem daunting (and it is), but it’s also a great opportunity for us writers. Here are four reasons why.

How To Create a Character Sketch Using Scrivener

Character Sketch Scrivener

How do you create compelling characters?

Nothing is born in a vacuum. Characters don’t emerge fully formed. Creating compelling characters is a process of getting to know them and working to make them come to life. They’re developed through character sketches, through the writing process itself, through lots feedback, and diligent revision.

Why Writers Love Red Herrings: A Brief Guide

Red Herring

Red herrings are staples of the mystery and suspense genres, but they also can pop up in myriad other works and genres. But what is a red herring? Find out…

Let’s Get Freaky: How to Write a Scary Story

how to write a scary story

I love Halloween. The creepy movies, the crisp fall air, the pumpkins. And who doesn’t love to get dressed up and hit the town for night? But there’s nothing like a horrifying story to get in your head—and get you in the spirit.

What makes a good scary story? Here’s a few pointers on how to write a scary story to start you off in the right direction.

Writing an Essay? Here Are 10 Effective Tips

writing an essay

Honestly, throughout most of high school and college, I was a mediocre essay writer. Every once in a while, I would write a really good essay, but mostly I skated by with B’s and A-minuses. I know personally how boring writing an essay can be, and also, how hard it can be to write a good one.

However, toward the end of my time as a student, I made a breakthrough. I figured out how to not only write a great essay, I learned how to have fun while doing it.

That’s right. Fun.

This Image Writing Prompt Will Inspire You

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Images inspire me. They get me from Point A to Point B. They allow me to see the story before the story every touches paper. And image can be the perfect impetus for a deadlocked storyline.

Today I want you to be inspired. Let’s use imagery to push our writing further. Let’s dig deep and find the meaning behind the image.

The Creative Writer’s Toolkit: 6 Tools You Can’t Write Without

Creative Writing Tools

So you want to write fiction. Where do you begin? And what creative writing tools do you need to accomplish your writing goals?

3 Lessons Gone Girl Teaches Writers About Suspense

3 lessons gone girl teaches writers about suspense

I read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl way back in January after hearing that A. it was amazing, and B. it would be getting a theatrical release in October 2014. I loved the book, and as soon as I started seeing trailers for the movie, I got it into my head that I MUST SEE THIS FILM. The moody teaser, the dark score accompanying the scenes of a marriage unraveling, the mystery of whose story is the truth: the whole thing dragged me in. I saw the movie on Sunday, and it definitely did not disappoint, at least as far as I’m concerned. There’s a lot of debate around the plot, which I won’t go into here because pretty much anything I say would be a huge spoiler.