Update: Planned Posts for February

Hello everyone! January of 2018 is over. And man, what an amazing month for Why Words Work! Here are just a few of the things January has brought to this blog:   I reviewed some fantastic short story collections - namely The Elephant Vanishes, The Emerald Circus and The Beginning of the World in the... Continue Reading →

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Top 5 Articles That Every Short Story Writer Should Read

Whether a novice or a professional, every short story writer is learning. Gathering advice from others is the best way to improve as a writer - and what better advice to follow than the advice of other writers! With so many articles out there, it can be hard to find the right one. To help... Continue Reading →

Blog Update: Holiday Hiatus and Help!

Hello everyone! I haven't written anything in a few weeks. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, my personal situation has become...complicated. Without going into too much detail, much of my focus has been directed onto my well-being as of late. Mentally, emotionally, and financially. Nothing too serious, I promise! But this period of... Continue Reading →

V.E.Schwab: The Art of the Opening Line

An opening line can make or break a manuscript submission. They’re also incredibly underestimated by writers and readers alike. The opening line is a powerful tool. It can hook the reader with a dramatic piece of action. It can be a glimpse of the tones, themes, or deeper layers of the book. It can be... Continue Reading →

Bloggers Recognition Award!

Huge thanks to Laura for tagging me in this lovely award. She is a wonderful girl, with an equally wonderful blog, and I highly recommend you check her out. Now, before I begin, I'm gonna let you guys know the rules of this little award: Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link... Continue Reading →

5 Easter Gift Ideas for Writers!

Easter is on the horizon. And while I love being buried neck deep in chocolate as much as the next girl, I wanted to share with my fellow wordsmiths some alternative, less-waistband-stretching ideas for the spring holidays. Whether you want to show a writer friend how much you care, or if you're a writer wanting... Continue Reading →

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