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Creative Writing Courses and Ideas: An Online Resource for Writers

Creative Writing Courses and Ideas: An Online Resource for Writers
Welcome to CWN, where you'll find creative writing courses, ideas, prompts, free online classes, and step-by-step guides to writing fiction, poetry, and drama. CWN was created by writing teachers as a free service to provide a supportive and friendly place for authors and poets at all stages in their writing lives. Need some motivation to get started? Here are five good reasons to write: Write... 1) to express yourself.

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Creative Writing These OWL resources will help you with the basics of creative writing. This section includes resources on writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Fiction Writing Basics This resource discusses some terms and techniques that are useful to the beginning and intermediate fiction writer, and to instructors who are teaching fiction at these levels. The distinction between beginning and intermediate writing is provided for both students and instructors, and numerous sources are listed for more information about fiction tools and how to use them. A sample assignment sheet is also provided for instructors. How do I use Smart Add? Below are details on each of the task properties, and how you can include them when you add a task. Many of the properties have an auto-suggest feature for quick access to your existing tags, lists, locations, etc. Can't remember all the symbols?

Your Fiction May Be Failing for One Simple Reason: You’re Not Being Honest Writers talk a lot about “being honest,” “being vulnerable,” “pouring ourselves into our writing,” and “not being self-conscious” in our writing. But what does all that really mean? And how can flunking any of the above be the reason your fiction may be failing? Read These Seven Books, and You'll be a Better Writer Donald Miller I used to play golf but I wasn’t very good. I rented a DVD, though, that taught me a better way to swing, and after watching it a few times and spending an hour or so practicing, I knocked ten strokes off my game. Refreshed review of Outlinely — a new outliner for Mac [Due to the major hash I made of my previous review of Outlinely, I have decided to start over with a (mostly) new review.] Thanks to the eagle-eye of one of the folks over at, I was recently made aware of a new outlining application for Mac known as Outlinely (requires OS 10.8 or higher). Aside from the name, there is a lot to like about this nifty little app. The introductory price of $5 makes it a real bargain.

12 Useful Websites to Improve Your Writing by Johnny Webber 1. – A different kind of thesaurus. 2. – One quick dictionary search tool. 3. Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of September 24, 2012 We’ve collected some of the best book marketing Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include Facebook marketing tips to improve engagement, getting credible – not fake – book reviews, making your book pitch stand out, and much more. Happy marketing! * 5 Unbreakable Laws of Self-Publishing (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writing As you know I in the habit of publishing “writing rules” from various well-known writers as I stumble over them on the web. They won’t write your books for you, but they are food for thought. For what it’s worth here are Stephen King’s. They are more discursive that some, but contain some pearls. Happy writing!

The Frugal Book Promoter, by Carolyn Howard-Johnson Carolyn Howard-Johnson is my unofficial writing mentor. I write ‘unofficial’ because I basically adopted her and her work as my go-to guides for improving and promoting my writing. Our paths crossed when we were both writing for, a long-standing book review website. 8 Writing Techniques to Win You a Pulitzer Today’s guest post is from writer Joe Bunting, who blogs at The Write Practice. We all know there are novels and then there are “literary” novels. When you read Margaret Atwood, it just feels different than when you read Tom Clancy. And for some reason, these literary novels are the ones that win all the most prestigious awards like the Pulitzer Prize, the Man Booker Prize, and the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The Internet Can Cultivate Writing. Good Writing. Image from Almost anyone who cares about language and knows about or uses the Internet has been guilty at one time or another of demonizing the world wide web for its effects on the English language. “The Internet makes it easy for people, including professional writers, to publish writing publicly without editing.” “The Internet encourages casual writing and doesn’t reinforce proper writing skills.” “Students would write better if they weren’t on Facebook all the time.” It’s easy to blame the Internet and say that if it didn’t exist, written English would be on solid ground.

3 Paths Toward A More Creative Life Everyone can learn to be more creative, but to become very creative, I’ve come to believe you need to lead a creative life. In watching my best students, in examining the lives of successful entrepreneurs, and in seeing the process of the great Native American artists who I know, it is clear that how they live their daily lives is crucial to their success. I realize that it sounds very “zen-y” (which is OK by me), yet I come to this realization not through a search for spirituality or clarity but from simple observation. Creativity is in such demand today that when we apply for jobs, when we join organizations, or when we just meet other people, we are asked to present our creative selves. But we can’t do that unless we understand the nature of our own creativity, locate the sources of our originality, and have a language that explains our work. If you are one of the growing number of “creatives,” or want to become one, you need to lead a creative life.

Cracking the WIP with Donna Cummings I have to say when I read Donna’s title for her post, I didn’t “get it”. Cracking the WIP. Awesome idea, I thought. It wasn’t until I wrote it in the title bar that I finally caught on….Cracking the WIP/Cracking the WHIP….lol….ah, some days wit fails me.

exactly, that's why i actully like to have my private life to keep calm by loyem Dec 27

Listen to Jeazette. If as you say, you're not finding your self, then you're not looking in the right place, or you're not accepting what you're finding. by jhef Dec 26

the problem that i'm not finding myself anymore -_- by loyem Dec 26

Write about what you know. Be yourself. by jeazette Dec 26

in the past i liked to read everything i found.. i wroted beautiful things but the subject was always sadness and and how i've passed all times in my room.. and when i'm out in this hole world i didn't found something crazy to write about it.. by loyem Dec 26

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