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What to Watch Out For When You’re Writing Fiction Based on True Events

By Katrin Schumann

Even if you’re writing fantasy, creating an invented world that readers can believe in—and be moved by—is our #1 one priority as fiction writers. 

Have you ever had someone read your work and say, “I don’t know. It just doesn’t seem that plausible to me…” when you’ve written about something that really took place? As a criticism, that can be amazingly frustrating: How on earth can something seem unrealistic when it actually happened?

September 2, 2015 | Katrin Schumann

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What do I post? Finding And Managing Content to Beef Up Your Social Media Presence

Awhile back I shared some tips on how to use social media without being annoying, which was also the title for one of my Muse & the Marketplace sessions in May. In that article I talk about the 80/20 rule and I give some examples of how to think about the types of content you are posting on your social channels. I am not going to rehash the article here, so make sure to check it out.

August 27, 2015 | Crystal King

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The Privileges and Pitfalls of Show and Tell

A few weeks ago, I wrote a poem about teeth. I’ve always been attracted to teeth that had personality – teeth that were crooked, missing, or gapped. Teeth are attractive invitations to kiss. These particular teeth were complicated, and they belonged to a woman who I briefly (complicatedly) dated.

My instructor loved the poem, but something he wrote in his feedback made my eyebrows rise

August 25, 2015 | Grub Daily

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News from Dead Darlings

The dog days of summer are upon us. It’s time to eat a little, think a little, read a little, and write a little. Dead Darlings can help with it all.

Eat

Belle Brett in I’ll Have What She’s Having: The Role of Food as a Writing Enhancer discusses the many ways you can use food to enhance your novel. 

August 21, 2015 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

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Slaying Genre: Flaunt Your Inner Flaneur

I've always been a bit obsessed with cities. And since I've never had a license, and frankly, prefer to hoof it, walking is the way I experience them. Cultural theorist Michel de Certeau has a brilliant essay on this very topic called "Walking in the City" and though I loved me some theory back in my grad school days, I rarely find myself going back to it to inspire my creative work.

So I was pretty darn delighted to learn about the Flaneur Walk Pamphlet Series, a poetic/conceptual walking tour of a city that is created by ...

August 20, 2015 | KL Pereira

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