Productive Procrastination for Writers

A slippery slope of knowledge and musings to tickle your fancy between writing sprints!

How and when to wave your "Help me!" flag

Writing and publishing is amazing, but it's also hard. And you have demands on your time. Here's the thing — you're going to need help. That might mean trading pages with another writer for feedback, paying for an editor, getting cover design tips from a professional, trading babysitting with...

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Time to clear the clutter!

We're here to talk about clean spaces today. People debate about if you need a clean office to get writing done or if some amount of clutter is actually helpful. We can't help resolve that debate but we do have tips about another kind of clutter that is never helpful: Negative thoughts. All...

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How to Read like a Writer

Call us psychic! We are willing to bet that you've got stacks of books in your house because most writers are also passionate readers. It's that love of books that inspires us. We've read books that have made us laugh, and cry, and imagine new worlds, and even fall in love. (It is a well-known...

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It's time to get ready for NaNoWriMo!

This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It’s that easy, and that hard.  ~ Neil Gaiman The countdown is on for NaNoWriMo! For those who don't know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, an online challenge to write...

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How to prepare to pitch an agent

With conference season comes the opportunity to pitch your manuscript to editors and agents. And of course, any season is the right one to send an email query. But it can be scary to put yourself and your work out there, so here at the Creative Academy we've been doing some practice pitching...

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Tips to help you keep writing when life gets challenging

A lot of people have been going through challenging times lately. Hurricanes, politics, health, and personal issues. Around the Academy we've been chatting a bit about how it can be hard to focus and be creative when things around us seem challenging. So, how do you do it? One way to meet the...

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Writers Conferences: Tips to get you through and to land you a gig as a presenter

Fall always seems to be the start of the conference season. We're going to admit we love a great writing event. It's a chance to connect with our peers, learn new skills, and understand what's happening in our ever-changing industry. Depending on how introverted you are (anyone else ever want to...

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In Defence of Unlikeable Characters by EILEEN COOK

It’s a well-known writing tip — your main character should be likeable. Readers enjoy being able to identify with a character and to cheer her on toward her goal. And this is good advice for many protagonists. But what do you do if you like to write complicated, messy, often seriously flawed...

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How to Embrace Critical Reviews by DONNA BARKER

So, I’ve been a professional writer for almost thirty years and over these decades I’ve had my goodly share of hard-to-hear comments and reviews about the words I’ve written. Handing copy over to a client comes with a special kind of feeling since, if I didn’t give them what they expected —...

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Author SYLVIE GRAYSON on Writing + Life

Meet Sylvie... Author of many contemporary romantic suspense novels, and the sci fi/fantasy series, THE LAST WAR, Sylvie Grayson loves to write about suspense, romance and murder, all about strong women who meet with dangerous odds, stories of tension and attraction. She has lived...

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