Creativity & Inspiration

Articles to inspire your creativity and self-expression.

There is a certain amount of editing that goes hand-in-hand with the writing process. But the biggest changes usually come once the first draft is complete and, ideally, you run it by your editor. However, if you are not in...
We are pleased to be able to bring back guest blogger (and freelance writer, editor and translator) Andrea Marvan for another Writing Wednesday. If you missed her first visit to the Endpaper Blog, please check out her post Writing...
One of the earliest figures of speech you are taught in school is the simile. A simple comparison using "like" or "as" to connect two seemingly different ideas, the simile may not have the apparent depth of a metaphor...
There are some people that a writer needs to have in his or her life. Do you need an unbiased editor? Yes! Do you need an audience? Yes! Do you need an agent? Well, that answer is more complicated. Like in...
In Palm Sunday, his 1981 collection of essays, short stories and personal reflections, Kurt Vonnegut looked back over his life's work and graded his entire œuvre. He rated Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five as "A+" pieces of writing (being clear to note that he was using...
  What makes a piece of writing "good"? Is it entirely subjective? After all, every writer has his or her fans so you can't please everyone, can you? Of course not, but when it comes to captivating readers and crafting prose that...
The end of summer signals the beginning of a new school year and whether you are a student, a teacher or simply a life-long learner, developing better note-taking skills is always a useful endeavour. The key to taking really...
While we would never suggest that all artists must follow the same habits (what a boring art world that would be!), there is something to be said for the fact that many of the most successful creative individuals share...
An interesting plot may entice someone to pick up your book, but it's the characters you create that will keep readers coming back for more. A character is the reader's connection to the storyline: the eyes and ears through which...
For our "X Questions With" series, we're speaking with talented individuals from around the world who have inspired us with their creativity and passion. If you have a story to tell or someone you'd like to see profiled, let...

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