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This Fun Creative Writing Exercise Will Change Your Life

This Fun Creative Writing Exercise Will Change Your Life

I’m sure this never happens to you, but there are times when I don’t feel very creative. We just had a new baby, our second, bought a house, our first, and are now busy managing a thousand new details. All the busywork and bill paying leaves me feeling pretty dry.

But no matter how un-creative I’m feeling, there’s one creative writing exercise that never fails to fire up my writing.

The Writer’s Formula to a Captivating Setting

Writer's Formula to Setting

I’ve been thinking today about what makes a setting like Hogwarts so great.

We’ve all spent a lot of time at school, many years of our lives. School is familiar, relatable, “homey.”

Thus it makes perfect sense to set a young adult novel series in a school. And many writers have done this, not just J.K. Rowling.

Every Story Has a Tipping Point (Plus, an Invitation)

Every Story Has a Tipping Point

Good stories are made up of moments: good moments, bad moments, but most of all, life changing moments.

A writer’s job is choose the best, most essential moments in a character’s life and throw the rest out.

Writing Villains: 9 Evil Examples of the Villain Archetype

Writing Villains

You’ve been told your story needs conflict. You’ve been told that each scene needs to have tension. You might have even been told you need to be writing villains, memorable antagonists that can supercharge your plot.

But unless you’re writing a fantasy novel, you might not be sure how to do this. You associate villains with Darth Vader and Jafar from Alladin.

What do bad guys look like in realistic literature?

35 Questions To Ask Your Characters From Marcel Proust

Proust Questionnaire

We’re on a characterization kick this week on The Write Practice. Today, we’re going to continue to delve into the lives of our characters by going through a list of thirty-five questions to ask your characters made famous by the canonical French author, Marcel Proust.

Yes, Writing a Book Really Is Like Giving Birth (Plus, an Announcement)

Joe Bunting

On Saturday, April 11 at 6:49 am, my wife gave birth to our second son, Remington Seth Eugene Bunting—or Remy.

Rest in Peace, Pooh Hodges

Rest in Peace Pooh Hodges

Last week, I received news that our friend and regular contributor, Pooh Hodges, passed away.

It is difficult to describe what Pooh meant to me, and to regular readers of The Write Practice, but Pamela asked me to write something in honor of Pooh and so I will do my best.

Jack Kerouac’s 31 Beliefs about Writing

Jack Kerouac Quotes

I came across Jack Kerouac’s list of thirty “Beliefs and Techniques for Modern Prose,” and unsurprisingly, if you’ve read Kerouac, it’s less of a list of techniques and more a poetic riff on the writing life itself.

Some of my favorites are, “Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind,” and (of course), “Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition,” and, “Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in Heaven.”

Here’ the full list…

29 Quotes that Explain How to Become a Better Writer

29 Quotes that Explain How to Become a Better Writer

The best way to become a better writer is to write and then to publish your writing, whether you publish it on a blog, in a book, or with a close friend. It’s only by practicing writing, and getting feedback on it, that you can improve. That being said, it never hurts to learn from those who have gone before you, […]

How to Win a Writing Contest

How to Win a Writing Contest

Why do people enter writing contests? Some enter to get practice submitting. Others enter to motivate themselves to finish their stories.

But there’s one thing nearly everyone who enters a writing contest wants…

To win.