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Raymond Carver offered this advice to writers: "When in doubt, have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand." Depending on your story, that's certainly one option. Here are twenty others.
Sometimes a change of scenery can wake up the muse. Here are some ideas to try.
These two magic phrases will help you come up with lots of ideas.
These five simple techniques will add interest to your characters -- and to your stories.
Here are four story prompts involving characters with obsessions...
Here are four fiction writing prompts about New Year's resolutions that have unexpected results...
This worksheet makes it easy to develop your story ideas. Fill in the blanks to start planning a story.
Here are some fiction prompts and ideas to get your imagination flowing. Have fun!
Looking for creative inspiration? Here are some "what-if" questions that you can use to come up with story ideas.
Poet Lisa Dordal offers advice to new poets and shares her own writing process.
A great story beginning captures your readers' attention and makes them want to read on. Here are some tips on how to start with a bang.
The ending of a story or novel forms readers' final impression of what they have read. Here are some guidelines to help you write endings that will leave readers satisfied.
In this 8-week e-mail course, you'll learn how to create fictional characters that feel 3-dimensional and real. Make your characters and stories come alive in the reader's imagination.
Photographer Anja Lietzmann finds stories in London street scenes. What stories do her pictures make you imagine? What stories can you find on the streets of your own town?
To celebrate Halloween this year, we've created a booklet of scary photo prompts. You can use this booklet to get ideas for terrifying or atmospheric stories or poems. Download it for free here.
Bryan Cohen's new book Writer on the Side offers ideas to keep you motivated and help you find writing time throughout the day, even with a busy schedule.
We asked editor and former literary agent Robin Martin to share her tips for fiction writers.
The author of The Writer's Compass talks about becoming a writer and outlines a 7-stage process for writing a manuscript.
A writing partnership can energize your writing and bring a fresh perspective to your work.
Take this 3-day online course for free and generate lots of ideas for your fiction writing.
Do you want to learn how to blog effectively? Here's some advice from a pro.
Author Tim Lemire describes how he wrote and published seven nonfiction books on a wide range of topics.
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Author Nancy Antle talks about writing picture books and middle-grade fiction.
Julie Schwietert Collazo teaches travel writing at MatadorU. We asked her to share some advice for aspiring travel writers.
Literary blogger Levi Stahl offers his picks of novels and short stories for fiction writers to study.
Novelist Rowland Russell shares some tips for writing a novel and explains why writing to publishing trends is a mistake.
Writer Ron Hogan, who founded the seminal cultural blog Beatrice.com, offers his picks of novels for aspiring novelists to use as models.