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Building Your Creative Workspace

Creative workspace

Get rid of the stuffy, boxed-in atmosphere. If you consider yourself artistic, you should have a creative workspace that is engaging and inspirational. Regardless of how big or small your creative lab is, an innovative space makes all the difference. Sunny days make us feel happier, and rainy days gloomy, relaxed, and sleepy. That’s because the …

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Sneaky writers show, and tell

paint brushes

Kara sat in class slouched over. She frequently glanced at the clock, counting down until when the period would be over. She doodled in her marble notebook and planned out her weekend. The school’s art fair was on Saturday, and she was excited to present her newest paintings. After English class, she’d speak to Mrs. …

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Self-publishing: The Editing Stage

Lesson One for Self-publishing: your book is not finished after you have written it. The second stage in getting your book published is having it professionally edited. This stage is necessary regardless of how great a writer you are.

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How Stephen King and Mark Twain became authors

The Hunger Games, 50 Shades of Grey, Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, and Mob Dick.   You know what all of these titles have in common? They’re books. Great books — as culture has said — but more than being “great,” they all started the same: a single word written on a blank page. …

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What happens in a room full of writers

The excitement is done and now I must sit down and write.  This weekend I attended The Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City at The Roosevelt Hotel. The three day event was packed with sessions from publishing, to developing your craft, and even creative marketing strategies to sell your book. Overall, it went very well: The …