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Describli is now in beta

The writer prompt and word gaming site has entered its second round of beta testing and is currently accepting new members. We wrote about Describli in March and the site has continued work to put together a unique and interesting experience

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Posted in Motivational, Non-Fiction, Writing Resources

Cheat Sheets for Writing Body Language

A comprehensive list of body language and the emotions it conveys. Click the link for more. Cheat Sheets for Writing Body Language (via Writers Write) If you have any helpful writers resources you’d like to share, you can add them to

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Foil and Phaser Wiki

As part of the ongoing effort to improve this blog,  we’ve decide to move the Writers Resources section to its own wiki. The new Foil and Phaser Wiki allows the links to be better organized and formatted. But more importantly, as a

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Describli, A New Social Media Network for Writers, Is Now In Beta

Describli is a new social media network and community for writers and readers alike. Founded by Laura Fredericks, the site aims to let authors connect with a following while concentrating on their writing. Prompts, games, and sharing tools let you develop

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Flash Fiction Contest (US only)

EDIT: This contest is now closed. From the To The Best Of Our Knowledge website (via io9 and Jacob Lawrence): 3 Minute Futures – Flash Fiction Contest Love Sci-fi?   Love to Write? We’re looking for great sci-fi stories, based on real

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2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Have you written a novel? Do you like money? This may be for you. From Amazon’s website: The Seventh Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest is right around the corner. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to win a publishing

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Writing Tips: Details: Fantasy Transportation (Guest Post – Charles E. Yallowitz)

Originally posted on Shannon A Thompson:
Shannon, here, for an introduction:  If you checked out my last post, then you know about my new series: “Writing Tips: Details: ____.” I will be periodically posting about the little things – how…

Posted in Non-Fiction, Writing Advice, Writing Resources

Calling All Women Sci-fi Writers.

Originally posted on Inside My Worlds:
Lightspeed Magazine are doing a special issue with all stories by women! This came in response to the notion by some men that women destroy science fiction. So ladies, if you have a sci-fi…

Posted in Announcements, Writing Resources

Creative Writing Courses Available from ITunesU

Apple’s iTunesU has many courses available for aspiring writers. These free online courses offer writing advice from dozens of authors and academics. There are hundreds of hours of video and audio lectures, as well as free books and other materials.

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Advice from Robert J. Sawyer

Some great advice from a thirty-year veteran of science fiction writing, Robert J. Sawyer’s blog is a treasure trove of helpful suggestions. You can find the link to his blog and many other great sites in our Writers Resources section in

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April 2021