Hearing--or Not Hearing--Voices

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As writers, we’re familiar with the wisdom that in order to write, you need to silence the censoring voices in your head. Whether those are the critical murmurings of the family members portrayed in our memoirs, or the encouragements of our mentors over the years, we need to learn not to listen to them while we engage in the business of getting the words onto the page. (There will be time later in the process to heed the advice of mentors and editors and classmates--and perhaps of family members, too.) But what to do about public voices, voices that speak ...

Henriette Lazaridis

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Five Twitter Tips Every Writer Should Know

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By Crystal King

I’ve been on Twitter for six of its eight years. While I’m normally an early adopter, with Twitter it took a bit to sell me on the service. At the time, most of the tweets seemed to be an ongoing list of what people were doing at that moment. People weren’t conversing or sharing information the way they do now. Citizen journalism hadn’t really taken off yet. News outlets were truly afraid of Twitter and their adoption of the platform wasn’t until several years after I bit the bullet.

Crystal King

Don't Wait! Spring Classes Start Soon

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It may still feel like winter outside, but spring is on the least at GrubStreet, that is. Our spring term starts April 1st, which gives you less than two weeks to register for our upcoming multi-week classes. Just picture yourself in short sleeves taking a workshop in any of the following genres... 


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Pep Talk: Giving Your Work Away Is a Great Way to Sell It

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As writers, if we want to grow an audience, we need to spread the word about our work. Yes, whether you’re fiercely indie or want to publish with Random House—or, indeed, you’re somewhere between the two—then posting a blog, publishing online, or creating an e-book are powerful ways to get known for what you do. But I often hear writers telling me that they’re too shy to post their stories online, or they don’t like to “give their stories away,” or they don’t gel with social media

Susan Williams

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Voice-over, Flashbacks & Multiple Protagonists. Why Never Never Really Means Never

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By Mark Fogarty 

Every screenwriting book/ teacher lists the same list of “don’ts”: 

  • Don’t use voice-over.
  • Don’t use flashbacks.
  • Don’t have multiple protagonists.

Yet everyone can probably point to the list of their favorite movies and find it full of movies that break these rules: The Shawshank Redemption, A Clockwork  Orange, Badlands, Goodfellas, Magnolia, Nashville, Slumdog Millionaire, Casablanca, Inglorious Basterds, Memento, Reservoir Dogs, Rashomon, 8 1/2, etc.

No sane teacher could actually mean never do these things, and if they do, run fast away from them before they damage you as a writer.

What they are really saying ...

Mark Fogarty