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Volumes 1, 2 & 3 Now Available!

All three volumes of  our 1,000 Days In Writerspark series are now available for purchase for nook™, Kindle™ and in PDF format. Click the eStore button above or click eStore to select your format and browse our selection. Each eBook … Continue reading

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Opening Sentence – Your Story’s Billboard

Want to lose readers before you’ve had them? Write a truly weak opening sentence. Uninspired beginnings suggest that entire books or stories are equally uninspired. If the author doesn’t care enough to make things interesting, why should you be interested … Continue reading

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Not Writing Writing

Most people — I’d wager even most writers — tend to think of writing as the act of sitting at a desk and putting words onto pages with a pen, pencil, typewriter or word processor. While this might be technically … Continue reading

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Start Styling!

Are your Word documents in style? Don’t worry, that question will make sense in a few minutes. Over the past 12 years I have amassed a collection of more than 3,400 individual writing exercises that I created for submission to … Continue reading

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Objectivity: Your Most Powerful Writing Tool

All writers can benefit from having someone to critique their work, whether that work is poetry, fiction or non-fiction. We writers tend to view our work as either nearly infallible or severely flawed. We’re a fickle breed. Thus, an objective … 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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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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