Inspiration

Inspiration

“The question authors get asked more than any other is ‘Where do you get your ideas from?’ I don’t know where they come from, but I know where they come to: they come to my desk, and if I’m not there, they go away again.’
–Philip Pullman

Contest guides from - Poets & Writer’s and WordPress

Guide to writing programs A searchable database of graduate and undergraduate programs from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

Guide to writer’s conferences and workshops, by Shaw.

Dozens of Interviews with writers of all genres, publishers and agents from Absolutewrite.com. Lots to explore on this site.
More author interviews on Armchair Interviews.
Downloadable author interviews from The Writing Show.

Creative writing Quotes compliled by Pearl Luke.

Poets, find inspiration at the Electronic Poetry Center, or exchange work with other poets at the Wild Poetry Forum.
Moon Town Cafe contains networking, publishing on their site, contests and children’s areas.

Pulitzer prize winner Robert Olen Butler reveals his writing process as he works on a series of short stories inspired by vintage postcards.  Fascinating.

National Novel Writing Month is an online writing event in which participants attempt to write 50,000 words during the month of November. No fees. Lots of participants. Prizes include bragging rights and certificates. Try it, I dare you.

To get unstuck, try my list of writing prompts.

Inspiring books on writing
Bird by Bird, by Annie Lamott
Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg
From Where You Dream, by Robert Olen Butler
The Art of Fiction, by David Lodge (this one’s more about technique, but it’s still inspiring.)
Unstuck: A Supportive and Practical Guide to Working Through Writer’s Block, by Jane Anne Staw.

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