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5 Fiction Writing Contests for High School Students

5 Fiction Writing Contests for High School Students

Do you have the gift of the written word? There are a variety of fiction writing contests available for high school students that are an ideal way to show off your writing. Think how hard you have worked and the confidence you’ve gained in your writing. It’s time to share it with the world! Our favorite high school fiction writing contests include: Skipping Stones Youth Honor Awards Skipping Stones magazine recognizes high school students that are working to promote multicultural, enviro … Read More

5 Fiction Writing Contests for High School Students
Do you have the gift of the written word? There are a variety of fiction writing contests available for high school students that are an ideal way to show off your writing. Think how hard you have worked and the confidence you’ve gained in your writing. It’s time to share it with the world! Our favorite high school fiction writing contests include: Skipping Stones Youth Honor Awards Skipping Stones magazine recognizes high school students that are working to promote multicultural, enviro
5 Writing Styles to Hook Your Reader
Successful writers know that a well-constructed story will grab the reader's attention from the very beginning. A strong beginning will hook readers and entice them to keep reading. There are a variety of writing styles that can be used to create an effective hook, and understanding which one of these writing styles best matches your unique voice is an important part of developing your craft. Some of our favorite ways to begin a story include: Asking a question:  The first line of the iconic c
4 Creative Writing Exercises to Improve Your Prose
Staring down a blank page? Getting your creativity flowing is often the most difficult part of the entire writing process. It can be so daunting for some would-be writers that they give up entirely! So what can you do to avoid that spiral of creative mishaps? Try out one of the following tried-and-true creative writing exercises - you might be surprised how much they can help! Use a Writing Prompt Many times, the problem for writers is thinking up a topic to focus on. You may know what type
Remembering Maya Angelou, 1928-2014
On Wednesday morning, 86-year-old writer and American icon Maya Angelou passed away. Angelou was a memoirist and poet who grew up in the Jim Crow South and survived childhood sexual abuse. She overcame these hardships with incredible strength of spirit, and went on to lead a creative and fulfilling life, leaving behind a legacy of joyful, empowering work. Angelou is most known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which has become required reading for many high school
10 Remarkably Simple Tips for Writing a Novel
Despite what you've heard, writing a novel isn’t exactly like climbing a mountain. It's harder. At least a mountain is always there in front of you. A novel can be elusive. Longer and more complex than a short story, a novel can span the course of years and involves creating a main character who grows and changes throughout the story. However, have no fear. You can actually start writing a novel right now, right this instant, by following these ten simple steps here. 1. Get over yourself. N

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