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Creative writing ideas, book recommendations, writing tools and tips, courses, lessons, professional feedback and information for teachers and writing students.

Writing skill is honed through training, practice, feedback, multiple revisions, and publication. This website guides emerging writers in each of these important areas. I also recommend good reading and analyze passages to help writers better understand technique. Whether your interest is in short stories, creative-nonfiction, autobiography/journaling, or the novel, offers writing tips, resources, advice, markets, contests, courses, and templates to help you get published sooner.

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To ask writing questions, or view questions others have asked, please use the Q & A link below. I personally answer all serious questions. To learn which writing books I've found most useful over the course of my career, visit the Writing Library. Keep up-to-date with contests, and find fun activities and resources for your classes or workshops. Make use ofthe writing prompts or enjoy the writing quotations.

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Bitter Lake by Marika Deliyannides

Bitter Lake like Atonement by Ian McEwan, is a novel about the mistakes of youth and how the psychological clanging of unacknowledged guilt reverberates forward to create loneliness for the individual and divisiveness within a family.

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Watermark by Sari Sikstrom

Watermark has one of the most interesting protagonists I have ever encountered. Dr. Vela Ostofvold is a "forensic librarian," an occupation that until now existed solely in Sari Sikstrom's imagination. As she soon allows us to learn, the protagonist's job is to analyze books as physical, rather than intellectual objects.

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Creative Writing Help

Writing Help Write like a professional with tips and advice on story premise, characterization, character motivation, point of view, flashback, dialogue, dialogue punctuation, scenes and sequels, and much more.
Creative Writing Prompts

Writing Prompts Prompts can help when you sit staring at the computer with nothing to write. It happens. Move past this lapse in creativity by writing out whatever fills your mind—the dinner menu that needs planning, a happy moment you want to enjoy a few minutes longer, worries and concerns, anything that will allow you to type, as the act of typing anything will stimulate new ideas and productivity.
Ask An Author

Ask An Author If you have a writing question, the Ask an Author page allows you to ask and receive a prompt reply.
Creative Writing Contests

Creative Writing Contests Submit your fiction and creative nonfiction for prizes ranging from $200 to several thousand dollars in prestigious magazines and journals.
Creative Writing Activities

Creative Writing Activities This area is for teachers and others who need new challenges and inspiration for their students or workshop participants. Some of the exercises may be adapted for use as online exercises.
Creative Writing Quotations

Creative Writing Quotations I have included some of my favourite creative writing quotations on this page, numbered for easy reference. Creative writing quotes remind me that writing is about thinking, and about sifting through the thoughts of others in search of that elusive something that triggers our own ability to articulate the truth as we see and imagine it.
Publish Your Writing

Publish Your Writing Page Forty-Seven online anthology accepts short story submissions from new and established writers. If you are a new writer, we would love to help you launch your career as a writer with an early publication credit.
Read Short Stories Online

Read New Stories in Page Forty-Seven, a continually growing library of original short stories submitted by new and emerging writers around the globe.
Creative Writing Ideas

Creative Writing Ideas Creative writing ideas are all around, in the newspaper, in snippets of conversation overheard, in anything outrageous. Inspiration is easy to find when you know where to look.

Creative Writing Help

Editing Service Are you sure your work is ready to submit to a contest or for publication? Most new writers have no trouble with early drafts but fail to recognize mistakes that will be immediately obvious to the editors they hope to impress. Often professional feedback or a final edit provides the best chance a new author has of getting published. Even seasoned, professional writers sometimes want a second opinion, and when I do, I use an editing service I trust. Not too long ago I published a short story, was paid well for it, but just wasn't as happy as I should have been with it. I sent it here. They returned the story within 24 hours and pinpointed issues that made immediate sense to me. I reworked the story and now it is ready for reprints!
Creative Writing Resources

Creative Writing Resources This collection of writing resources will, I hope, provide endless inspiration and writing help. When I come across an interesting or useful tool, I post it here.
Creative Writing Library

Creative Writing Library This "library" discloses some of the books I have in my personal library. It includes an eclectic selection of books on writing craft that I have found most useful as a writer and that I recommend to those wanting to hone their skills.

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