A Selection of Poetry Prompts from 1200 Creative Writing Prompts

Poetry Prompts from 1200 Creative Writing Prompts. Today’s poetry prompts come from my book, 1200 Creative Writing Prompts, which is jam-packed with ideas and inspiration for writers and includes prompts for fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Some of the poetry prompts in the book ask you to use a list of specific words in a...

Are You Wrecking Your Job Search?

There’s no recipe that guarantees job search success, no list of ingredients that solidifies your standing as a reputable and desirable candidate. Job search success is largely about preparation, but it’s also about timing, personal connections, and good old-fashioned luck. It’s also a bit of a mental game. You need to have a solid resume...

Guys Mills first-grader wins national writing contest

Speaking of young writers, we think this is awesome news: STAFF REPORT, Erie Times-News  A first-grader from Crawford County has won first place in a national contest sponsored by PBS. Ethan Mattocks, of Guys Mills, won the top prize in the first-grade category of the annual PBS Kids Writers Contest. WQLN-TV, the local PBS affiliate, announced Ethan’s...

Writing Tools of Famous Authors – Can You Relate?

You’re a writer, and you probably have your arsenal of tools which you can’t live without. One thing is for sure: we all have our preferences when it comes to go-to writing tools. Our favorite authors are not exempt from this, and I found an infographic showcasing the writing tools of famous authors. It’s an...

Author Interview: Sue William Silverman, on her new memoir, The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew

First, I read and admired Sue William Silverman'swork. Then I listened to, and learned from her at an AWP panel. Read some more of her nonfiction. Met her briefly at another conference. Read more. Next, I...

How to Sell Your Picture Book

Pitching a picture book? Things are looking up. Although the Association of American Publishers reports that book sales in the children’s/young adult segment declined from January to October 2013, many agents observed an uptick in picture book acquisitions throughout 2013 and into 2014. By no means a perfect measure, it’s nonetheless telling that approximately 400...

The Merits of Red Tape

My city is gearing up for municipal elections in October. Several campaigns are already well underway. Many lawn signs are already staked in the ground. The slogan for one would-be mayor’s campaign is, “Opportunity for all…Not red tape!” The sentiment aims at one of the biggest frustrations many of us have with bureaucratic institutions: the...

Freelance Writing Jobs for July 30, 2014

Good morning! Here are your freelance writing jobs. Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Gamer Writer (Telecommute) Experienced Website Writer for Large Project (Telecommute) Web Content Contractor (Fremont) Content Writer (Telecommute) Content Writer for Criminal Defense Website (Remote) LA Web Content Writers...

Tuesday News: Publishers at Comic-Con, self-publishing and agent contracts, how BookBub works, and the Telegraph’s 1914 archives

No Lack of Major Prose Houses at Comic-Con – I think this article is a great example of how diversified entertainment options are, both in terms of partnerships between media outlets and formats, and competition for reader/viewer/gamer eyeballs and dollars. Jane has long said that it’s other forms of entertainment, not other books, that publishers...

How to Fix the Problem With Content Marketing (Free Training)

If you’ve been following Copyblogger for any length of time, you know we teach people online marketing. Specifically, something that is now known as content marketing. I’ve been a practitioner of “content marketing” since 1998. And we’ve been preaching it since 2006, years before that sexy terminology became the norm. Here’s the main thing you...

Jump-Start Your Next Story with Two Truths and a Lie

The only way to be a writer is to write, right? This is the advice we give at WD, online and in the magazine. If you want to write, you must write. But sometimes getting started is difficult. Perhaps you have a fully-formed character but no idea what to do with him. Maybe your idea...

The Magic Trick to Landing an Agent at a Conference (Hint: There’s No Magic Involved)

photo from Microsoft Office You’ve revised your manuscript, sent it out to beta readers, revised again, and now it’s cards on the table time. You’re bringing your book to that fancy conference that’s coming up and shelling out the cash for a session with an agent.  But how do you make the most of your...