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Noteworthy Poetry Journals

Poetry Magazine Poetry Magazine is a publication run by the Poetry Foundation. They pull from a variety of genres and they accept new authors and previously published authors alike. The magazine pays decently too! You must submit on their submission portal online. Their deadlines are ongoing as they publish every month, so no need to scramble! Find out more information here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/submit The Common...

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Motivational Media for Writers

Like most writers, you probably experience low motivation sometimes. You find that once you get started, the writing flows, but getting started is the problem. So, why not try one of these motivation boosters? Read The Tiny Book of Tiny Pleasures by Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst I recently checked out this book to remind myself of the little things in life...

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Keep It Moving: How to Make Your Writing Flow Smoothly

Just like writing is a journey, so is reading. When you write, you move from one idea or action to the next. You want to make it easy for your readers to move along with you. How can you do this? Use transitions to map out connections between ideas. Here's how to improve the flow of your writing: Use chronological transitions. Words like...

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Recommended Reading for Memoir Writers: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Whether you're familiar with Susanna Kaysen's memoir about her hospitalization for mental illness in the 1960s or it's new to you, I recommend reading Girl, Interrupted if you plan to write a memoir. Here's why:   Topography Motif Kaysen employs a pattern of chapters focused on topography, whereby she maps out the features of different places (both figurative and literal), starting with the “parallel...

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Three Apps for budding authors that are 100% worth the price

The Brainstormer Price: $1.99   Rating: ****   What it does This app has a 3-wheel system that combines general elements of narrative, character development, and a world builder/ science fiction style wheels. You simply spin the wheels to create a mixture of these bits, creating instant writer’s block relief!   Our Opinion This app is awesome. When you’re starting a story, it helps to know what exactly you want...

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Provisional Pen Recommends Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

If you're looking for a book to help you get into the right mindset for writing, I recommend Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Notice that Gilbert doesn't promise us “creative living without fear.” No, dealing with our fear is an important part of the process, according to Gilbert (22-24). In six thematic sections divided into short, quickly readable...

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All Forms of Art

Art. It’s what we do, it’s what we are, it’s “what we stay alive for” according to Mr. Keating in The Dead Poet’s Society. The Humanities are an incredible thing. They work together to create an emotional representation of the human capacity for emotion. The beautiful thing about the different disciplines (music, visual art, dance, theater, literature) is that they are...

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