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Posts about “Writing Advice”

Advice for Writers on Residencies

Posted Tue, 1/30/2018 - 1:37pm by  |  Category: , , ,

A sanctuary away from home and the distractions of daily life with time to work on your craft: every writer’s dream. If a writer’s residency is in your plans this year, we’ve rounded up resources and words of advice from…

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Jess Walter on Time and the Writer

Posted Tue, 12/05/2017 - 7:19am by  |  Category: , ,

Jess Walter believes that when you’ve got a sense of humor about life there’s always a way forward. That philosophy clearly relates to his work as a writer. While he may jest at his own ways and means of tackling…

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NaNoWriMo 2017: What To Do Next With Your Novel

Posted Mon, 12/04/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
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It’s December. We made it! I hope you completed your NaNoWriMo novel. It’s hard to beat the feeling of submitting that draft on the website. And if you didn’t complete NaNoWriMo, that’s okay. Make a schedule to finish your draft…

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Decide What Your Novel’s Characters Want

Posted Mon, 11/27/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
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If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this month, you’re hopefully nearing the end of your draft. I hope adding value shifts to your scenes has made them more exciting and fun to write. You might feel like you’re running into the problem…

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NaNoWriMo 2017: How to Make Your Novel’s Scenes Exciting

Posted Mon, 11/20/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
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I hope your NaNoWriMo draft is going well. You’re probably past the halfway point. Nice job! If you’ve been following these blogs, you probably have a plan to finish the first draft of your novel this month and you’re writing…

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Why Picking a Genre Will Help You Write Your Novel

Posted Mon, 11/13/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
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Welcome to the second full week of November! I hope you’re feeling like you’re making great progress on your draft and that planning your daily writing and specific word counts is giving you direction. You’re also probably feeling a little bit stuck….

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NaNoWriMo 2017: How to Plan Your Novel’s Beginning, Middle, and End

Posted Mon, 11/06/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
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We’re entering the first full week of NaNoWriMo. I hope you’ve had a lot of fun writing so far. I know I always feel good after a few days of consistent writing. If you’re following my recommended schedule from my…

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NaNoWriMo 2017: How to Get Started

Posted Mon, 10/30/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts in two days on Wednesday, November 1. NaNoWriMo is a great way to finally achieve that novel-writing dream because of its clear goal and short deadline. To participate, all you have to do is…

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Word Works 2016 Speaker Kevin Young a Finalist for the National Book Awards

Posted Thu, 9/14/2017 - 4:21pm by  |  Category: , , , ,

Congratulations to Kevin Young for the 2017 National Book Award nomination in nonfiction for his book Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News (Graywolf Press)! In April of 2016, we were honored to have Young…

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Micro Lesson: Magical Realism with Stephanie Barbé Hammer

Posted Tue, 5/09/2017 - 11:04am by  |  Category: , ,

Aimee Bender is a fan of both magical realism and surrealism, meaning that she likes to put magical characters into mundane and even boring situations. The key to making this move work for readers is languaging the “quotidian,” or every…

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How to Transform the Work of Another Writer

Posted Tue, 5/02/2017 - 10:18am by  |  Category: , ,

This is the Hugo House “How-To” series, where Hugo House instructors share tips related to the writing life. This week’s post comes from writer Cara Diaconoff, whose six-session course, Fanfiction and Other Transformative Writing, explores the concept of “transformation” of…

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Micro Lesson: Poetry as Translation with Sharon Bryan

Posted Sun, 4/30/2017 - 11:00am by  |  Category: , ,

Writing poetry in your own language is a kind of translation—you put your thoughts and feelings into words and music on the page. Nothing gets to the heart of that process faster than comparing actual English translations of the same…

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How to Get Perspective on Your Messy First Draft of a Novel

Posted Tue, 4/18/2017 - 7:44am by  |  Category: , ,

This is the Hugo House “How-To” series, where Hugo House instructors share tips related to the writing life. This week’s post comes from Waverly Fitzgerald who is teaching Deep Novel Revision, which will help writers with a rough draft (maybe…

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How to Write a Collage Memoir

Posted Thu, 4/13/2017 - 12:30pm by  |  Category: , ,

This is the Hugo House “How-To” series, where Hugo House instructors share tips related to the writing life. This week’s post comes from writer Anne Liu Kellor. Her ten-session course, Memoir as Collage, will explore personal narratives as told in…

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Micro Lesson: Staying Energized with Susan Meyers

Posted Mon, 4/10/2017 - 11:00am by  |  Category: , ,

Writers often ask how to get a story started—but just as important is the question of how to keep one going. There’s quite a distance between the first and final pages of a novel or memoir—and it’s not just the…

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