Library Sales – Find Great Books, Support Local Causes

If you’re looking for budget books, keep tabs on your city libraries’ events. This last month, the Mesa Public Library hosted their semiannual used book sale. As it was only two days – Friday and Saturday – the enthusiasm...

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“Can I write about this?” – Yes, on one condition.

People love classifying other people. Our minds are happily oriented around patterns, but when it comes to making sense of others, especially those who are different than us, we get into trouble. Writers who want to tell a story...

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Improving Writer Health “Bird by Bird”

One of the founding goals here at The Art of Stories has always been advocating writer’s physical and mental health. No, I don’t have a program for this or any kind of special diet or system I’m selling. There...

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6 Paths to Your Next Great Read

Reading is both a pursuit of entertainment and education. Some fiction bridges the gap to do both, and some nonfiction manages it as well. Everyone has their own tastes, and there are more books available than any person would...

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How to Maintain Positive Support Systems

There is a cultural mystique surrounding writers, which includes the images of tortured artists, solitary creators, and idle dreamers. Most of this is completely irrelevant to the practical effort of writing. This is both an industry and a lifestyle, but the...

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How To Stand Out in a Writing Group

Writers benefit from joining groups and communities, but the experience can be rough when the reality fails to live up to expectations. Social interaction improves the writing experience by cutting down the firm association of writing with solitude, but...

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3 Exercises to Develop Creative Skill

Creativity is more than just a personal trait. Continually creating inventive material requires the development of certain skills. The following three exercises use theories of psychology and the experience of successful artists to develop these foundation skills. Reject the Routine:...

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3 Writing Exercises From Life

Real life experience and observation are fuel for creativity. People-watching is an entertaining method for collecting material for writing, but raw material has to be processed. Just seeing and commenting on strange behaviors, spotting bizarre individuals, or asking questions...

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Writer’s Communities: Reaching Out

With a revival of writing zeal, I've stumbled on some pretty great new tools for getting past writers block! There are several that have been added to the personal toolbox recently, and they deserve highlights. A good community is hard...

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