Greetings, writers! As of last night at midnight PST, the time to submit your story for contest workshopping ended. Now it’s time to critique! Make sure you head into the Spring Contest workshop and look for stories that haven’t yet gotten a response.
(P. S. Don’t post your contest submission in the regular Writing workshop. I’m afraid if you do, we’ll have to delete it!)

6 Ways to Create Conflict and Get Your Protagonist in Trouble

6 Ways to Create Conflict in a Story and Get Your Protagonist in Trouble

“The writer’s job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.” So how DO you get your protagonist in a sticky situation that keeps your reader reading until you type, “The End?”

The 6 Elements of Fiction

6 Elements of Fiction

Much of writing is instinctual, but there are some tools every writer needs to make their story professional and effective. Today, I’m talking about the elements of fiction: character, plot, setting, point-of-view, theme, and style.

7 Lies Writers Believe (and the Truths You Need to Know Instead)

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The writing world is filled with land mines—lies that, when you step on them, blow you right off your creative feet. I’ve stepped on all of these in my writing career, and every author-friend I know has set them off, too. That tells me they’re pretty common. Lies Writers Struggle With I want to help […]

10 Thriller Story Ideas

“Thriller” is a great genre. In terms of literature, a thriller is any story that “thrills” the reader—i.e., gets adrenaline pumping, heart-rate racing, and emotions peaked. As you can guess, that makes it fairly broad. Buckle your seatbelts. These prompts are gonna be a wild ride.

The Two Most Important Words For Writers

Today, I’m sharing the two most important words you’ll ever hear as a writer: beyond all advice, beyond all classes, beyond all books and blogs, DON’T QUIT.

20 Mystery Story Ideas

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Do you enjoy a good whodunit? So do I! There’s something wonderful about a cozy mystery, especially for writers. Crafting a good mystery is one of the best writing exercises there are. Today, it’s my pleasure to share with you some fun, quirky, story ideas for writing mysteries.

20 Romance Story Ideas

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So far, I’ve shared 20 fantasy story ideas and 20 sci-fi story ideas. It’s time to switch things up. Fellow humans, I present to you 20 romance story prompts.

20 Sci-Fi Story Ideas

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Hello, friends! Last time, I shared 20 fantasy story ideas to get your brain moving. This time, it’s my pleasure to go from earth to space. It’s time for…*drum roll* sci-fi story ideas!

20 Fantasy Story Ideas

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2016 is a whole new year, and our goal is to create and maintain writing momentum—but you may need a tiny push to get moving.

Consider this your push. For the next few weeks, I’ll be delighted to share short story ideas with you, and you have my full permission (and encouragement) to use them as you will.

3 Keys to Regain Your Writing Habits

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You know what has momentum? A train. Those things don’t stop easily, not even when someone applies the brakes. It’s my pleasure to tell you writing is much the same way. Have you ever seen a train start rolling from a complete standstill? (Just in case you haven’t, here’s a video). Yowza. Trains are heavy. […]