Search this site:

Creative Writing Blog, Articles, News, and More

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.

For more creative writing news and information, follow me on Twitter.

Please help Grow. Link to this page or click below to LIKE it and share this no-frills creative writing blog with your friends:

If you have an RSS reader, be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed at the bottom of the left column for automatic updates whenever I add something new.

Return from the Creative Writing Blog to the Home page

Apr 07, 2019

Creative Writing Resources

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

Continue reading "Creative Writing Resources"

Feb 24, 2018

Passive Verbs: Avoid Them and Breathe New Life Into Your Fiction

Passive Verbs: How to avoid them and use

Continue reading "Passive Verbs: Avoid Them and Breathe New Life Into Your Fiction"

Apr 18, 2015

Write a novel

Novel Immersion: Write a novel alongside a professional and get valuable feedback

Continue reading "Write a novel"

Apr 14, 2015

Creative Writing Degree Programs in Canada and the United States

Canadian and US Creative Writing Degree Programs

Continue reading "Creative Writing Degree Programs in Canada and the United States"

Mar 28, 2015

Carolyn Pledge Amaral Writes Winning Short Story

Carolyn Pledge Amaral Wins for her humorous and intriguing story about divorce, The Root of the Matter

Continue reading "Carolyn Pledge Amaral Writes Winning Short Story "

Dec 18, 2014

Self Publishing Ebooks: Six Tips for Self Publishing Online

Anyone self publishing ebooks will want to be aware of online self publishing options and to know which self publishing companies offer the best options and support.

Continue reading "Self Publishing Ebooks: Six Tips for Self Publishing Online"

Dec 18, 2014

Creative Writing Scholarships in Canada and the United States

Canadian and US Creative Writing Scholarships, both online and on campus

Continue reading "Creative Writing Scholarships in Canada and the United States"

Nov 04, 2014

Tight Writing Sells

Editors demand tight writing, and anything less will not be read. Learn how to cut fat and self-edit.

Continue reading "Tight Writing Sells"

Nov 04, 2014

Our Best Reads and Reviews

Book clubs will enjoy these best reads

Continue reading "Our Best Reads and Reviews"

Oct 30, 2014

Creative Writing Help

Creative writing help, lessons, and tips, concerning the craft and business of writing fiction.

Continue reading "Creative Writing Help"

Oct 28, 2014

Review of Who by Fire by Fred Stenson

Who by Fire is a story with weight and heat, an absorbing and finely nuanced novel from an author unmistakably in his writing prime. It drills straight to the heart.

Continue reading "Review of Who by Fire by Fred Stenson"

Oct 27, 2014

Ask an Author

Ask an author your creative writing questions and receive writing help. Author Pearl Luke responds as quickly as possible to all writing related questions.

Continue reading "Ask an Author"

Oct 27, 2014

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.

Continue reading "Short Story and Creative Writing Contests and Competitions"

Sep 13, 2014

Sample Writing Feedback

Sample of writing feedback provided to a creative writer after a manuscript review by Pearl Luke, author of Madame Zee

Continue reading "Sample Writing Feedback"

Sep 11, 2014

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.

Continue reading "Where to Read Short Stories Online"

Sep 09, 2014

Bitter Lake by Marika Deliyannides

Reviewed by Pearl Luke Bitter Lake, like Atonement by Ian McEwan, is a novel about the mistakes of youth and how the psychological clanging of unacknowledged

Continue reading "Bitter Lake by Marika Deliyannides"

Sep 09, 2014

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

Continue reading "Watermark by Sari Sikstrom"

Aug 09, 2014

Creative Writing Quotes.

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

Continue reading "Creative Writing Quotes."

Aug 04, 2014

Review of Madame Zee by Leanne Dyck

It's always wonderful to come across a new review of my novel Madame Zee, and in June 2014 Leanne Dyck wrote a very kind reader's review here:

Continue reading "Review of Madame Zee by Leanne Dyck"

Jul 23, 2014

Review of Scribendi Freelance Copy Editing for Creative Writers

24/7 Freelance Copy Editing for Students, Creative Writers, and Business--Review tested and cost effective option

Continue reading "Review of Scribendi Freelance Copy Editing for Creative Writers"

Jul 23, 2014

Do I Need a Writing Course?

Is it necessary to attend writing courses in order to improve writing style. Having just got one rejection for my novel I feel I need some guidelines as

Continue reading "Do I Need a Writing Course?"

Jun 17, 2014

Online Writing Courses

Online writing courses and classes

Continue reading "Online Writing Courses"

Jun 17, 2014

Creative Writing Class Online ~ Read to Write

This creative writing class online uses reading, writing instruction, and assignments to teach writers how to improve creative writing skill andtechnique through careful analysis of existing literature.

Continue reading "Creative Writing Class Online ~ Read to Write"

Jan 20, 2014

Mentoring Rates

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

Continue reading "Mentoring Rates"

Jan 20, 2014

Writing Contests: Win More, Spend Less with a Flash Assessment

Approach creative writing contests with adequate preparation. Know what editors look for in a winning story.

Continue reading "Writing Contests: Win More, Spend Less with a Flash Assessment"

Interactive Writing Prompts

My Books

Short Story Submissions

Read New Stories

Ask Your Questions

Character Name Generator

Creative Writing Activities

Literary Agents

Online Courses


Writing a Novel

Writing Contests

Writing Degrees

Writing Help Articles

Writing Library

Writing Process

Writing Prompts

Writing Quotations

Writing Resources

Writing Mentor