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Sign in the woods saying Cabin Fever.

Monthly Writing Challenge

Two-Syllable Masterpiece In 50-150 words, write whatever you’d like—a snippet of a novel, an opinion piece, a journal entry. But here’s the catch: All your words must be two syllables long. Example: “Bradley,” Lilly whispered. “Listen closely. Never, ever reveal Wendy’s secret. Wendy wouldn’t forgive, forget … ” “Silly, Lilly,” Bradley chuckled. “Keeping secrets isn’t Wendy’s forte.” Sub-mit su-per en-tries in-to com-ments be-low!

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Facebook Link Roundup

Here’s a recap of some great Web links I’ve posted on Facebook. New ones go up on Thursdays, so “Like” Write Directions. And don’t forget to subscribe to Write Directions’ monthly newsletter, which also lists resources for writers, in addition to original articles, publishing info, inspirational quotations, etc. FakeSpot Wonder if the glowing reviews for that novel are genuine and not praise-for-hire? Run them through FakeSpot to check their trustworthiness. Poetry.com Find inspiration and self-expression […]

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Colorful graphics of each of 4 seasons by Beth Mende Conny

Hello, goodbye, hello

I’m often asked what it’s like to be a writer — how I spend my days, how I experience the world. And so I will be sharing occasional essays from the front lines of my writing life. Enjoy! Goodbyes aren’t morbid. After all, there can be no goodbyes without hellos. Hellos get good press. They’re pleasant sorts of things: Hello, morning! Hello, my love! Hello, new adventure! But goodbyes also have their positives, depending on circumstances: Goodbye, extra pounds! Goodbye, […]

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Image of multicolored gold, orange and blue butterfly on purple flowers, from Writing is a Heartache, by Beth Mende Conny

Writing is a heartache

I’m often asked what it’s like to be a writer — how I spend my days, how I experience the world. And so I will be sharing occasional essays from the front lines of my writing life. Enjoy! The heart truly aches, swells with ideas that don’t seek expression as much as release. The pressure builds with every passing word — the gems of language and insight that we let slip, literally, from our fingers. […]

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Jim Skyrms, NaNoWriMo Winner

Congratulations, National Novel Writing Month Winners

Here we are, one short month after our Kickoff Teleclass and we’re ready to celebrate two members of the Write Directions community and their fledgling novels. After enrolling in our fall workshop, “I have a Great Idea for a Book — Now What?” Jim Skyrms and Bill Edwards both signed on to write a full 50,000 words during National Novel Writing Month. A bit exhausted and behind on their holiday shopping, both have rejoined us […]

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Facebook Link Roundup

Here’s a recap of some great Web links I’ve posted on Facebook. New ones go up every Thursday, so “Like” Write Directions. And don’t forget to subscribe to Write Directions’ monthly newsletter, which also lists resources for writers, in addition to original articles, publishing info, inspirational quotations, etc. WordCounter How often do you repeat yourself in your writing? Here’s an objective way to find out! Image as featured on Wordcounter.com. Tips for Aspiring Op-Ed Writers 15 […]

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