Now Available: Ready, Set, Write: A Guide to Creative Writing

I’m excited to announce that a new book in the Adventures in Writing series is now available.  Ready, Set, Write: A Guide to Creative Writing Ready, Set, Write takes you on tour through the world of creative writing. You'll discover tools of the trade and creativity...

Health Tips for Writers

Lots of jobs pose health hazards, and writing is no exception. Whether you write professionally or as a hobby, spending hours hunched over your keyboard or notebook can have detrimental effects on your health if you don't take the proper precautions. From muscle...

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What Makes Iconic Characters Unforgettable?

Luke Skywalker was the obvious hero of Star Wars: A New Hope, so why does it seem like Han, Leia, and Darth Vader got all the attention? When I think about the characters from Star Wars, Luke is often the last one who comes to mind. It's not that he's forgettable, but...

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Reading, Writing, and Reviewing Good Poems

I've always loved writing poetry. It's a highly artistic and expressive form of writing. Poems can be intellectual, emotional, or abstract. Poetry can feel like a snapshot of a moment in time, or it can feel like a riveting three-hour film. Every poem offers a unique...

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Ready, Set, Write: 
A Guide to Creative Writing

Ready, Set, Write: A Guide to Creative Writing takes you on a tour through various forms of writing, tools of the trade, creativity techniques, and practical tips for writing. Plus, there are plenty of writing projects and activities for you to explore as you stretch and tone your writing muscles.

Written for hobbyists and aspiring professionals alike, Ready, Set, Write is ideal for young and new writers, but it also works as a refresher for seasoned scribes.

Get ready to start your writing adventure!

 

101 Creative Writing Exercises

Explore fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction writing with exercises that stretch your skills and your imagination.

You’ll discover tools and techniques that will improve your writing through fun yet practical projects that you can submit and publish. 101 Creative Writing Exercises gives you plenty of practice and fresh ideas.

Let the adventure in writing begin!

10 Core Practices for Better Writing

Each of the ten practices presented in this book strengthen your writing skills and promote excellence. By adopting these simple but effective writing practices, you will master the craft of writing. All it takes is dedication and self-discipline.

10 Core Practices for Better Writing is ideal for writing groups, classes, and workshops as well as individuals who want to improve their writing.

Start your journey toward better writing today.

 

1200 Creative Writing Prompts

Are you looking for fresh creative writing ideas? Do you want to try writing in new forms and genres?

1200 Creative Writing Prompts is packed with fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction prompts that will inspire and motivate you to write. If you tackle just one prompt per day, this book will provide you with writing ideas for over three years.

Spark your next writing project today.

 

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What’s the Story? Building Blocks for Fiction Writing

What’s the Story? Building Blocks for Fiction Writing fosters a broader and deeper understanding of stories and how they are developed.

Learn to craft characters, plot, setting, and theme, and find out how to apply literary devices and storytelling techniques that take narrative writing to the next level.

Pick up What’s the Story? and start developing your storytelling skills today.

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Story Drills: Fiction Writing Exercises

Story Drills: Fiction Writing Exercises is packed with lessons and exercises to help you learn the craft of storytelling.

You’ll get practical tools and techniques for story development; study and analyze your favorite stories; gain experience through writing practice; and get questions and worksheets to help you create stories that resonate with readers.

Get your storytelling skills in shape. Pick up Story Drills today.

 

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