Productive Procrastination for Writers

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

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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Finding Your Lost Picasso by KIM KLEIN

by Kim Klein Kim is a gifted Coach-Practitioner working with women to accept and celebrate their imperfections so that they can then move on to live healthy and happier lives. There will always be people who think that to be a genuine artist you need to have an MFA, or to be an actor or a...

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Chatting with Literary Agent Barbara Poelle

We're excited to welcome literary agent Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Agency to the Creative Academy. Barbara has over ten years of experience as a literary agent working to build the careers of a range of writers in different genres. She's the author of the Writer's Digest column "Funny...

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Author KATHLEEN LAWLESS on Writing + Life

Meet Kathleen... Kathleen Lawless’s earliest memories are of wanting to be a writer. To create stories that would touch the lives of others who love to read the way she does. “I’m working on my 24th novel and it’s amazing to see the changes in traditional publishing, including ebooks and...

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