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It’s What You Know

There’s a fundamental bit of writerly wisdom that suggests that in order to write compelling or even marketable work you should “Write what you know.” Unfortunately, many beginning and even not so beginning writers take this to mean they should … Continue reading

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Simile: Like Writing With A Camera

In the short story “Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched,” author Steve Almond, Best American Short Stories of 2010, the character Oss has a gambling problem. One night, upon his arrival home, his wife confronts him after discovering his addiction. When … Continue reading

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To Metaphor Or Not To Metaphor

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines metaphor as follows: “a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them … Continue reading

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Revision: Exquisite Pleasure?

So you managed to get all those words onto your page — Your masterpiece. The story poured as freely and as powerfully from your imagination as water over Niagara Falls, each syllable electric! Your work is finally done. Well… actually… … Continue reading

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Don’t Lose Your Voice

A recent critique session raised an interesting question:  How can a writer integrate elements of critiques into their work without losing their unique writing “voice?” More to the point, can a writer change things based on a critique and still … Continue reading

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Basics

Throughout the twelve years of Writerspark’s existence, we have offered daily exercises that we hope have sparked creativity and helped writers find creative possibilities within the seemingly insignificant. Along with those exercises, we have attempted to offer thoughtful critiques that … Continue reading

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“But I’m Just Not Into Poetry.”

“But I’m just not into poetry.” – I’ve heard those words innumerable times from prose writers, both fiction and non-fiction, and it’s understandable. Not every writer aspires to be a poet. Prose writers aspire to short fiction, novellas, even full-length … Continue reading

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