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Sage advice from a literary agent. If you're beginning a new project (I know I am!), then take a look at this. It might change your approach.read more
“The Word of Wigaldir calls you!” “Eternal life in Enga’s arms.” “Fear not, sinners. Lether the Blessed will bring us to salvation!” Like the mating calls of jungle birds, voices sailed over our heads, clamoring for our attention. Bristling with energy and humid with...read more
Twelve days in the desert, and I did not know how much farther I had to go. My horses were dead, my waterskins were empty, and my legs shook with every step. The string of mountains I had been following were dwindling, but I found refuge from the sun’s gaze in a...read more
I was safe, and I was suffocating. Grass and mud stuck to my legs, and the wet dirt squelched under my sandals. I was on a hill, and all I could do was look, turning from one direction to the next, terrified of making the wrong move. If I move, I will slip. I will...read more
“If my Valentine you won't be, I'll hang myself on your Christmas tree.” -Ernest Hemingway Today, millions of people will be in love. Today, millions of people will be in tears. And today, millions of people probably won't care that it's Valentine's Day. But I care. I...read more
It's not Friday, it's not a hundred words or less, but following rules was never really my strong suit. Here is my piece for last week's 'Friday Fictioneers' prompt over at Rochelle's blog. Maybe this week I'll try to be on time. B and C were tied together at the...read more
If you are a writer, then you are a whole thesaurus of other things too.You are an artist, an architect, a dreamer, a tactician, a politician, an anthropologist, a historian, the list continues. Today, none of these roles are your concern, because today, you are...read more
Woong counted no less than four alarms when he poked his head into the observation deck. He could pick apart each one: proximity, emergency, something blocking the cargo doors. But the last one, a sort of angry beeping that sounded important had the sound of...read more
You have reasons for coming here (you want to learn more about writing, to communicate as one author to another, or maybe you were baited by that tantalizing title). I have a reason for writing this post (to inform you, to give you a place to discuss, and to ensnare...read more
My name is P.S. Hoffman and I’m afraid of writing. It’s a subtle thing, a small thing that’s hard to notice, but it’s always there. In between every word, there is a pause, a tick where I’m not sure if I can do it, I’m not sure if I can write the next. I’m afraid I...read more
Most of the people I’m connected with on the internet are writers: Best-selling novelists, bloggers with heavy clout, and budding new writers.Sometimes I wonder, do the authors and bloggers I follow on twitter know each other? I mean, really know each other. Do they...read more
I read this article from The New Yorker. In it, Author Philip Roth (The Human Stain) writes an open letter to Wikipedia about the silliness that can ensue when you try to change a page on Wikipedia. You see, there was an error on The Human Stain's Wikipedia page, one...read more
This post was written in tandem with my fellow blogger, Samah. Go read Samah’s blog for an illuminating glance into the diverse lives of Scarved Muslim Women. I’m going to say a word, and you’re going to feel a quake of emotion; I don’t know if it you’ll have a...read more
November is coming! (Already? Dammit!). I'm working with some other social media websites, and I wrote something on Storify about how to prepare for NaNoWriMo: https://storify.com/pshoffman/na-no-wri-mo-and-why-you-should Told you it was a short post! How are YOU...read more
The most Novembery of all months is bearing down on us, and soon everyone around the world will be getting to work on novels they've been putting off for far too long. Authors will be completing first drafts of novels in November, because who wants to go outside in...read more
I read this article and my brain flopped out of my gaping mouth. The article picks apart some recent statements by bestselling novelist Nick Hornby, and his suggestion that readers should not force themselves to read difficult books. Hornby says, "Novels should be...read more
This article in The New York Times bemoans the issues of being a writer; namely, not being paid. The author, Tim Kreider, addresses the frequency of people asking him to write for free. Sickening, isn't it? Kreider ends his tirade by pleading with all writers to...read more
WAKE UP. Every day you don't write, another innocent story dies. How could you, you heartless monster. Who knows how much is lost because you put off writing. Again. The number one problem with writers is that we're lazy, and we'll never get anything done unless we...read more
They lived in the shade of the High Mountain, which made it easier for her. When she came, they were lined up in the streets, heads bowed for their daily prayer. Hundreds of shadows slid down the mountain as her fleet eclipsed the Sun, and the worshipers looked up....read more
I’m going to do something dangerous at the end of this post. This is an experiment, and I’m desperately hoping I don’t break something. But first, a list! These are some of the best writing blogs out there that are not on WordPress. You probably aren’t on this list,...read more
Fog settled over the village and I thought the houses looked like they were huddling together in the cold. One house stood apart from the others, a tilting mess with off-colored smoke pouring out of the chimney. A sign with the word Alchem- etched in fading white...read more
I tried it, I dipped my toes into Twitter. And it was like dipping my toes into acid. Somehow, I just knew it wasn't my thing. But after all the flesh melted off of my bones, and I lost the ability to feel anything, I found something I liked. And then, something else....read more
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