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Unclog your mind!

Writer’s block is an ailment that every writer on the planet will have to contend with at some point. But you don’t have to be stuck staring at a blank page, waiting for the words that never come. Here are some tips to help you snap your brain back into…

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Making the Most of a Marathon

This weekend’s JCW Spring Retreat: Write. Write. Write. has a special focus on writing marathons. Whether you’re going on the retreat or attending Writing Marathon Mayhem!, here are some tips and tricks to help you make the most of your next marathon experience. Set some goals. While some writers prefer to…

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Cut and Polish

Editing is a vitally important step in the development of a literary work. It is true that writers can often make a lot of revisions on their own. However, a professional editor is usually necessary to take a piece to the next level—from rock to gem. But did you know…

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Character Consistency

Have you ever read a story in which  the protagonist was characterized as having dark, brooding eyes on page one, only to have  those eyes change to light blue like an ocean on page 25, with no explanation? Or maybe the protagonist is described as timid and terrified of confrontation,…

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Creative Writing and Mental Health

Jersey City Writers prides itself on creating a space for all kinds of writers. We approach all writers with an equal level of commitment and enthusiasm. Our philosophy is rooted in our recognition of the beneficial role that creative writing can play in anyone’s life. There have been numerous studies…

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Perks of a Writing Partner

So, you’ve got a great idea for your novel, and you really want to bring it to fruition, but you’re having a hard time sitting down to do it. Sure, you start out each day fully intending to carve out time to get some writing done. But you keep pushing…

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18 Writing Prompts for Bloomsday

On June 16, modernist book nerds around the world celebrate Bloomsday in honor of James Joyce’s highly experimental novel, Ulysses . The novel has 18 episodes, each of which play with different themes, styles, and unconventional writing methods.  In honor of the arrogant but brilliant author, here are 18…

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The Write Mindset

I've seen the phrase “the write mindset” a few times, and I've even used it for a post in the past. But the more I see it, the more I realize, it isn't entirely true.  On the one hand, arbitrarily stopping yourself from putting words on the page can result…

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