13 Strategies to Create Character Names

Most people have trouble coming up with cool character names, which is why some kids end up with names like Vagena (true story) or Gaylord (Gaylord Focker is truly the worst name ever).

But for fiction writers it’s harder because you have to come up with a dozen or so character names for every single story or novel.

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65 Long Sentences in Literature

Here are 65 examples of long sentences ranging from the relatively brief 96 words to one of the longest sentences at 2,156 words.

Almost all of the really long sentences are under 1,000 words. The six longest sentences (1,000+ words) are mostly a curiosity, just to see what is possible.

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44 Publishers Looking for Short Story Collections

This is a list of publishers seeking short story collections, and it’s the most comprehensive list on the internet.

I’ve read short story collections from most of the publishers on this list and altogether they are publishing some of the best short fiction on the planet.

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The Mammoth Stockpile of Creative Writing Prompts

With these 10 lists of creative writing prompts, there is no way you are going to stare at a blank computer screen today.

Need a story generator? Got you covered. 50+ photo prompts? Also got it. If you want the first line of a story, choose from the 100+ lines to get you started.

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43 Great Sentences That Will Blow You Away

I love good sentences. I really do.

The best sentences are ones that show off brilliance without being show-offy. They pulse with the vitality of language and they aren’t any longer than they need to be.

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An Open Letter to John MacArthur

I attended The Master’s College (now the Master’s University) from 1997 to 2001. From 2003 to 2005 I also taught there in the English and Communication departments.

I am deeply disturbed by the news that the accreditation agency WASC has put the university on probation, and am writing this open letter to John MacArthur, the school board, and the students and alumni to demand reform.

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Top 24 Websites for Flash Fiction

It doesn’t matter what you call it — flash fiction, sudden fiction, micro fiction, short-short — stories under 1000 words offer a quick zing of literary delight.

But have you ever wondered whether anyone actually read your flash fiction piece you published online? This list gives you a good idea of how many eyeballs it reached by ranking the markets.

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Writing Prompts Based on Songs (Part 2)

This is the second part of a two-part series of Creative Writing Prompts.

Visit part one.

16. St. Vincent: “Save Me From What I Want”

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Musical Creative Writing Prompts

If you’re tired of writing about the same old topics, try these Musical Creative Writing Prompts.

These 30 prompts are guaranteed to dig you out of that rut and generate new material, and each one of them will offer a wonderful chance to exercise your writing muscles.

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The Best Travel Writing Magazines

I ranked the travel magazines below using the The Best American Travel Writing series.

For the last five years, each magazine with one of its essays reprinted in the book got a certain number of points, and if it was listed in the “Special Mention” section in the back, it received a fewer number of points.

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