Submitting Your Work

By Nikki Groom One of the perks or downfalls—however you view it—to being a writer is having to submit your work to a vast amount of places. My way may be a dark method of viewing submitting work, but it always helps me get through the process easier. When submitting your work, never think it […]

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10 Writing Prompts

By Nikki Groom Finish the Sentence 1. She gently picked up the fragile ____. 2. He ducked, shocked as the _______ flew over his head. 3. The dog growled at the ____.  4. “Maybe we could not rob a bank today, maybe we could just _____.” 5. She grabbed the crowbar from her desk, frantically […]

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The Book Smell

By Nikki Groom eBooks have taken off in today’s society and left hard copy books in the dust. But can an eBook give you the same experience as an actual in-hand book? I’ll answer that question for you: no. One of the joys of reading an actual book is the smell of it. Sure, you […]

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Where Do You Write?

By Nikki Groom A writer may have many places they prefer to write, or they may only have a few places. I personally prefer to write in the comfort of my own home at three in the morning. However, when I am stuck, I like to take my computer or a notebook and go to […]

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Qualities of Good vs. Great Writers

By Nikki Groom What real writer doesn’t think their writing is shit? If you think you’re a great writer, you probably aren’t. Years of talking to multiple published authors has made that clear. Being too confident in your writing means being too close to it. If you can criticize your own work, then you can […]

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Thanksgiving Traditions Around the World

By Nikki Groom Many people around the world celebrate Thanksgiving, but they don’t celebrate it exactly like the United States does. Some people keep the traditional family gathering for a meal, but also do other things to celebrate as well. Korea celebrates what they call Chuseok Harvest Festival. This festival consists of having a family […]

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Writing Creative Nonfiction

By Nikki Groom Why is nonfiction so hard to write, yet writers can whip up a short creative fiction in a few days? It might be because when you tell a story about yourself, you summarize it. But writers aren’t supposed to summarize a whole story. Maybe it’s because we have to write about ourselves. […]

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“Whalebone” by Jennifer Woolard

Winner of the 2019 Undergraduate MoRe Prize By the time we’d uncovered the whalebone our legs were already thorned dusted, turning indigo with evening. The afternoon spent running, spent tunneling through the eucalyptus that hung in the windless air. Your hands were still balmed with sagebrush, still stained with the sea figs we’d opened too […]

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Writer’s Block

By Nikki Groom The pencil moves. Your thoughts flutter. The words come off the page like a movie of the mind. Everything flows. A black page appears. Your thoughts gone. The words disappear. Writer’s block begins. How can you reverse it? You try a break. Nothing. A walk. A game. A movie. People watching. Nothing […]

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Releasing Tension

By Brenda Martin Writing is a combination of art and skill which allows me the freedom to express my personal reflections or untamed imagination. Although I do my best to scribble something in my personal journal daily, I manage to jot down my thoughts, feelings and daydreams at least several times weekly. I find this […]

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