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This 'Creative Writing Blog' is utilitarian, meant to show at a glance what's new to the site. If something strikes me, I write a short note about it. If I add a page to the site, or update existing pages, they're all listed here.

All the creative writing tips and articles remain here until they are bumped off by newer items, so checking back regularly will keep you up to date on changes, and permanent articles can always be found through the sitemap or internal links.

Every time I update the Creative Writing Contests page the link shows up here, and this is also where I add some of the tidbits that I post on Twitter.

While this is primarily a blog about writing fiction, I also post time sensitive book news or author announcements that I don't want to turn into permanent web pages because the information or opportunity is likely to change.

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Mar 27, 2014

Creative Writing Resources

Creative writing resources for hours of inspiration, tips, activities, help, and entertainment for creative writers.

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Jan 20, 2014

Mentoring Rates

Mentoring Rates--services and rates for writing feedback, assessment, and courses

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Jan 20, 2014

Writing Contests: How to Win More, Spend Less

Approach creative writing contests with winning attitude and adequate preparation. Know what editors want in a winning story. Avoid the frustrating experience of rejection and non-responsiveness.

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Jan 11, 2014

Participles: Bothersome Verbs

Participles: When to use them, when to avoid them in your creative writing

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Jan 09, 2014

Editing Novels: The First Three Chapters Manuscript Evaluation.

Editing novels. The First Three Chapters manuscript evaluation will quickly and inexpensively determine whether your novel is ready to send out to an agent.

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Jan 08, 2014

Scene Questions Hold Reader Interest

How to Raise Scene Questions to Capture and Hold Reader Interest in Any Story

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Nov 12, 2013

Short Story and Creative Writing Contests and Competitions

Short Story and other creative writing contests and competitions with big cash prizes like the ones below can provide a real step up for writers. Writing competitions can jumpstart a career.

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Nov 12, 2013

Can a short story collection be changed to a novel?

Have you ever moved a short story collection to a novel successfully? I have tried for years to publish my story collection and received the same response

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Nov 11, 2013

Author as Publisher

I'm at the tail end of writing my final draft and was looking for a publisher and came across many obstacles. things that first time authors often endure,

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Aug 09, 2013

Has the Twitter Novel Tweetered Out?

The Twitter novel was an intriguing new form in 2008/2009, but where are the Twitter novels now?

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Aug 09, 2013

The Creative Writing Masters Degree: How Important Is It?

A creative writing masters degree is not necessary become a published writer, but as a step toward a successful creative writing career, a creative writing degree can't hurt.

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Jul 21, 2013

Space and Punctuate Dialogue Correctly: Creative Writing Success Tips

Creative Writing Success Tips: How to Punctuate Dialogue Correctly. Creative writers: Learn these few rules of punctuation to write dialogue with clarity.

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May 26, 2013

Lee Kvern Wins First Prize in 2012 Hazel Hilles Memorial Short Fiction Award

Lee Kvern wins First Prize in 2012 Hazel Hilles Memorial Short Fiction Award

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May 06, 2013

Pursue your creative writing dreams with creative writing tips, help, and resources from novelist Pearl Luke.

creative writing website with creative writing tips and ideas, writing prompts, writing activities, character name generator, and more to help anyone write better.

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Apr 29, 2013

Where to Read Short Stories Online

Read short stories online. Links to high quality online fiction, the best new literary fiction online offered by the Book Trust, publishers, universities, and quality online journals.

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Apr 16, 2013

Writing Dialogue with Tension

Writing Dialogue with Tension

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Apr 16, 2013

Creative Writing Quotes.

Creative Writing Quotes to inspire Creative Writers. Quotations about writing, words, paragraphs and motivation.

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Apr 16, 2013

681 Cliches to Avoid in Your Creative Writing

500 Cliches to avoid in your creative writing. Writing that relies heavily on cliches is considered poor or lazy writing. Editors may reject creative writing on the basis of too many hackneyed words and phrases alone.

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Apr 16, 2013

Creative Writing Activities

Original creative writing activities for the classroom or workshop.

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Apr 16, 2013

Sitemap for Be a Better Writer and Pearl Luke.com

Sitemap for Be a Better Writer and Pearl Luke

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Mar 19, 2013

DEADLINE APRIL 30TH, 2013, Mystery & Mayhem Cozy Awards, Prize: $250

http://chantireviews.com/contests/cozy-mystery-novels-writing-contests-mystery-and-mayhem-mm-awards/ Manuscripts (completed) and Published Novels, including

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Dec 25, 2012

Creative Writing Degree Programs in Canada and the United States

Canadian and US Creative Writing Degree Programs

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Dec 17, 2012

Creative Writing Contest

Creative writing contest. The Hazel Hilles Memorial Short Fiction Prize is open to anyone writing in English. Deadline September 18,2012

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Dec 11, 2012

ADVENTURE MEMOIR December 6 BOOK GIVEAWAY at BookClubBuddy.com

ISLAND BORN by Frank Burnaby is an unforgettable adventure memoir about how the author and his wife stopped their sailing adventure to have their baby on a deserted island!

This book would make a great Christmas gift!

I am particularly delighted to see ISLAND BORN now available, as I first became aware of it a few years ago when the author asked me to do a manuscript evaluation.

I had trouble putting it down and was so impressed with the story that I asked my literary agent if she would take a look at it. She also loved the book, and she offered to represent Frank. I was thrilled for him.

But, oddly, the agent was unable to place the book. Publishers liked the story, they said, but they believed it would be difficult to market. The author discusses this in an INTERVIEW about the book and makes their comments available on his website. 



So I highly recommend this fascinating adventure memoir about how the author and his wife had their first son on a deserted island in the Indian Ocean! 


About the author:

As a youth, Frank Burnaby says he survived his parent’s good intentions when they enrolled him in military school in the seventh grade. There he learned to disassemble and reassemble his rifle with his eyes closed, and to pull weeds for not having a mirror shine on his shoes. He spent his high school years at a boarding school in New Jersey.

In 1969, after a stint at San Francisco State University film school, Frank boarded a freighter bound for North Africa. Hitchhiking across Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, he made his way through India and South East Asia, to remote islands in Indonesia by native boat, and finally on to Hong Kong where he taught English.

Landing back in New York City he drove a taxi at night, and studied acting at Herbert Berghof Studios. He found work as an actor and was offered the principal part in a travel adventure feature film, but instead of pursuing an acting career he opened a vegetarian taco stand, which thrived on the edge of the meat packing district.

Drawn to the sea and his dream of sailing to a tropical wilderness, he took a job as an apprentice shipwright in a Los Angeles marina. Soon after, he set off with his soon-to-be wife, Gayle, to purchase a small vintage sailboat in England. He was 27, and she was 17. The ensuing five year voyage, eastward across the Indian Ocean, and their experience living on an uninhabited island changed his life forever. This is the story, Island Born.

To read more about this book and enter the draw, please visit Island Born at BookClubBuddy.com and follow the directions at the bottom of the page. DRAW ENDS midnight December 12, 2012

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Dec 10, 2012

Finding a Literary Agent

Finding a Literary Agent

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