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One Page at a Time: The Cellar Door, Page 5

This is a collaborative story in which you write the next page of the story. It is currently unedited, so please forgive any errors. Fill out the form below and I’ll publish the best response each week.  Jump to newest

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Posted in Collaborations, Fantasy, Fiction, One Page at a Time, Short Story (<7500 words), Writing Challenge

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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Posted in Writing Resources

Kurt Vonnegut on how to write a short story

Taken from: Vonnegut, Kurt. Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1999. Print.

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Posted in Non-Fiction, Writing Advice

Inspiration Versus Motivation

Writing is hard. Sometimes you need a little help. Each Sunday, Foil & Phaser will present inspirational and motivational posts to help you break through your writer’s block and get you working again. Since ancient times, people have looked to

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Posted in Motivational, Non-Fiction, Writing Advice

Writers Workshops Updates

Thanks to everyone who applied to take part in the writers workshops. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to Foil & Phaser to receive regular updates. For any one else who would like to join in a future workshop or

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Posted in Abandoned Story, Announcements, Collaborations, One Page at a Time, Workshops, Writing Challenge

Editing Tips: Word Count

Originally posted on Shannon A Thompson:
Word count matters. As writers,we’ve all heard this. Although there are exceptions, this rule is especially true for beginning writers applying to publishers. Because of this, I thought I’d talk about it today since…

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Posted in Non-Fiction, Writing Advice

Poll: What’s The Hardest Part About Writing?

In last week’s poll, you told us Foil wins over Phaser 59% of the time. If you don’t like the results, you should have voted. This week, we want to know – What’s the hardest part about writing?

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Still Room Avalable for Writers Workshops

In case you missed it , Foil & Phaser has begun a series of writers workshops, aimed at improving writing skills through peer criticism. We’ve more than passed the minimum number of participants for both our Writers Workshop and the

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One Page at a Time: The Cellar Door, Page 4

This is a collaborative story in which you write the next page of the story. Fill out the form below and I’ll publish the best response each week. Please send in page 5 by SATURDAY JULY 13th at 12pm ET

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Posted in Collaborations, Fantasy, Fiction, One Page at a Time, Short Story (<7500 words), Writing Challenge

Writers Wanted for Workshop

We are looking for writers to take part in an online writers workshop. Participants will submit a short story or novel chapter for criticism and the members of the group will be given one week to submit their in-depth responses.

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