Thoughts and Inspiration for Creative Writers

-from Chrysalis Editorial

The Truth About Setting

By Herta Feely This winter has taught us Easterners, especially New Englanders, a lot about snow and about the very pleasurable peaceful feeling one gets as we watch the “snow falling on cedars,” barren trees and the landscape in general. For me, at least, it replaces the drab and dreary with a kind of heavenly […]

Kieran Scott: Three Authors, One Writer

By Zakiya N. Jamal Kieran Scott, Kate Brian, and Emma Harrison. Combine these three amazing writers and you get one amazing woman: Kieran Scott. Writing two New York Times best selling series along with over 50 books Scott has taken over the young adult literary scene. As Scott churns out about two books per year […]

What Simple Steps on LinkedIn can Increase your Following and your Job Opportunities?

By George Campbell In April, LinkedIn announced they have over 300 million members; enough to make LinkedIn the fourth largest country in the world! This vast network of industry professionals serve as a lucrative audience for aspiring writers. Listed below are a few methods, of which you may not previously have been aware, that you […]

Got Questions? Here are Answers.

I sat down to write a blog entry promoting an article compiling 150 resources for writers that cover a wide range of subjects and problems when I realized that I didn’t know how to write a blog entry. This is coming from the student who recently agreed to spend her three-month study abroad program writing […]

Links: Oulipo, Paris, and Bad Writing Advice

Here’s a quick list of links to recent publishing and writing-related articles that we enjoyed: (Also…see the comments below and join in the discussion.  How do you get past those wasted minutes?) Jeffrey Eugenides’s Advice to Young Writers “To die your whole life. Despite the morbidity, I can’t think of a better definition of the […]

Stephen King on Imagery

“If I can say anything important to writers who are still learning the craft of fiction, it’s this: imagery does not occur on the writer’s page; it occurs in the reader’s mind. To describe everything is to supply a photograph in words; to indicate the points which seem the most vivid and important to you, […]

Links: EBM’s, philosophical novels, literary tumblrs, and more

Local News Writers Room DC will open in Tenleytown in mid-October. Politics & Prose has an Espresso Book Machine (EBM) named Opus. Links Why Rob Horning doesn’t like the word literary. Brian Dillon on Roland Barthes and education. David Winters on self-consciously “philosophical” novels. MRI reveals brain’s response to reading. Your guide to literary tumblrs. […]

Day 3: 90 Days to Your Novel

Writing character profiles: Useful or not?

To Blog or Not to Blog? To Self-Publish or Not?

Welcome back! We apologize for our absence, but a lot happened in the past five months that kept me from posting a blog somewhat regularly. I won’t bore you with the details, but if you’re dying to find out what occupied me, it’s at the end of this blog entry.   *Before you jump down […]

Unforgettable Classics: Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird 50th Anniversary

By Caitlin MacDougall, Intern You never forget your first read of your favorite novel—at least I don’t.  In the wake of your first reading, you remember how the book became a part of you, how it shaped and defined that one period in your life, and the painful separation anxiety you felt when you realized […]

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