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December 26

Different Perspectives

Different Perspectives by Helen Maimaris As a Junior Editor for TBL, one of the key aspects that distinguishes a great piece from a poor, decent, or even good story is the creation and consistency of voice. Each individual has their own characteristic speech and thought mannerisms—their choice of words, the pattern of their thoughts, the ways in which they interpret the ...
December 12

Embracing the Hybrid Form

Embracing the Hybrid Form by Erini Katopodis We’ve all done it—had a wild idea for a poem or story and written it down, only to feel it taking on a strange life of its own. You start writing with confidence, feeling every word is deliberate—and then at the end, you look up and see something foreign to you. Maybe you wanted ...
June 13

The Unreliable Narrator

The Unreliable Narrator by Mary Bevan My flash fiction piece ‘Going to the Beach: Blue Pig’s Story’ uses a device called the unreliable narrator. An unreliable narrator can be defined as one who offers an account of events in whose literal truth the reader cannot quite believe. In this case the events of the story are told from the perspective ...
June 6

On Poetry Writing and Storytelling

Kineret Yardena is an educator, writer, and arts program consultant based in the U.S. and New Zealand. Kineret teaches writing and theatre workshops, writes and edits manuscripts and web content, and consults on arts-based educational programs. Originally trained as a high school English teacher, Kineret has worked over the past decade in a range of formal and informal learning environments. Kineret ...
June 1

Writer’s Block: a Myth?

Sonya Minner is the new Marketing Assistant for TBL (where she does a little bit of everything), after both successfully graduating from California University of PA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing and also completing her Publishing Internship with TBL. If she's not writing, she's probably watching, talking, or tweeting about hockey. One day, she hopes to ...
May 19

Planting the Smoking Gun

Tammy Davies is a senior at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, majoring in English Creative Writing with a minor in Professional Writing. She is Web Coordinator for the campus literary magazine, The Muse, and lead organizer of the annual campus-wide Harry Potter Festival. For Tammy, there is no such thing as down-time. When she isn’t busy with school, she helps family and ...
May 6

Thinking About Good Writing

Zoraida Cabrera-Mieles grew up in the little tropical town of Hatillo, Puerto Rico, only to move to the cold land of Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in English and History of Art and Architecture. Many still ask her why she would ever leave the warmth of the Caribbean, but Zoraida wants to discover as many places ...
April 21

Starting from the End

Zoraida Cabrera-Mieles grew up in the little tropical town of Hatillo, Puerto Rico, only to move to the cold land of Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in English and History of Art and Architecture. Many still ask her why she would ever leave the warmth of the Caribbean, but Zoraida wants to discover as many places ...
April 19

Ghostwriter’s Diaries

Meghan Miller is a senior at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) studying English Liberal Arts and is also pursuing a double-minor in Writing and Media Studies. She is the President and Editor-In-Chief of UNC’s Literary and Arts Magazine, The Crucible. When Meghan is not in class or running a meeting for The Crucible, she works at The UPS Store where ...
April 15

New Writing and the Internet

Zoraida Cabrera-Mieles grew up in the little tropical town of Hatillo, Puerto Rico, only to move to the cold land of Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in English and History of Art and Architecture. Many still ask her why she would ever leave the warmth of the Caribbean, but Zoraida wants to discover as many places ...
April 13

The Benefits of Keeping It Short

Zoraida Cabrera-Mieles grew up in the little tropical town of Hatillo, Puerto Rico, only to move to the cold land of Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in English and History of Art and Architecture. Many still ask her why she would ever leave the warmth of the Caribbean, but Zoraida wants to discover as many places ...
April 13

Writing While on Vacation

Meghan Miller is a senior at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) studying English Liberal Arts and is also pursuing a double-minor in Writing and Media Studies. She is the President and Editor-In-Chief of UNC’s Literary and Arts Magazine, The Crucible. When Meghan is not in class or running a meeting for The Crucible, she works at The UPS Store where ...
April 4

7 Days of Flash Fiction

7 Days of Flash Fiction by Meghan Miller We all love flash fiction, don’t we? It is short, fun, and often intense. Not only is flash fiction fun to read, it is also fun to write. Flash fiction is a great, quick way to get some writing practice in for the day. Plus, a lot of literary journals, especially Tethered ...
March 31

3 Tips for Managing Your Time as a Writer

3 Tips for Managing Your Time as a Writer by Zoraida Cabrera-Mieles A very popular myth about writers is that they only work when they are inspired. While inspiration is important, every writer knows that waiting around for the muse to answer the calling doesn’t always work. The truth is making time to write is just as important as inspiration.   If ...
March 28

Got Music? Get Published

Got Music? Get Published by Dee Dee McNeil As a successful freelance journalist, I found my niche using music as a catalyst. Local newspapers are always in need of enthusiastic writers to contribute well written articles, performance reviews or CD opinions. Busy City paper editors are often looking for that local slant to showcase and feature home-grown talent. Sometimes they ...
March 25

Ghostwriting 101

Meghan Miller is a senior at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) studying English Liberal Arts and is also pursuing a double-minor in Writing and Media Studies. She is the President and Editor-In-Chief of UNC’s Literary and Arts Magazine, The Crucible. When Meghan is not in class or running a meeting for The Crucible, she works at The UPS Store where ...
March 24

How-to-Write Books: Must-Reads or Money Scams?

J.P. Flarity was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, acquiring a teaching degree from Central Washington University in 2007. When not teaching or playing bartender, he enjoys dabbling in science fiction as an attempt to discover “the real.” He currently lives near the foothills of Mt. Rainier with his herd of elk. How-to-Write Books: Must-Reads or Money Scams? by J.P. ...
March 21

7 Questions To Help You Gain Inspiration from Art

Zoraida Cabrera-Mieles grew up in the little tropical town of Hatillo, Puerto Rico, only to move to the cold land of Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in English and History of Art and Architecture. Many still ask her why she would ever leave the warmth of the Caribbean, but Zoraida wants to discover as many places ...
March 17

How to Make Your Nonfiction Creative

Meghan Miller is a senior at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) studying English Liberal Arts and is also pursuing a double-minor in Writing and Media Studies. She is the President and Editor-In-Chief of UNC’s Literary and Arts Magazine, The Crucible. When Meghan is not in class or running a meeting for The Crucible, she works at The UPS Store where ...
March 14

On the Benefits of Getting the Hell Out of Dodge

Keren Toledano is a writing associate at The Cooper Union, and a freelance writer and editor. She recently self-published In Light of This & Other Things, and is at work on a young adult novel that is not set in the post-apocalypse. Her short fiction has appeared in Slice magazine, and she is the recipient of the Harvardwood Writing Competition ...
March 10

My Favorite Author’s Death

My Favorite Author's Death by Jason Marx Yukio Mishima wrote thirty-four novels and over fifty plays. He wrote thirty-five books of essays, a libretto, and a film. He was also an avid bodybuilder, model, actor and a fucking swordsman. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature three times. He was an extremely right-wing ideologue, who formed his own ...
March 8

Bizarre Fiction: Let’s Get Weird

Bizarre Fiction: Let's Get Weird by J.P. Flarity Up here in the Pacific Northwest we are zen gardeners of the strange, encouraging our population, like little sapling bonsai trees, to grow ironic tattoos, shave in edgy haircuts, and cultivate a fashion sense that's somewhere between garage sale hobo and last week's hipster. The television program Portlandia often hits a little ...
March 3

Keep Writing and Summarize Your Day in a Sentence

Keep Writing and Summarize Your Day in a Sentence by Zoraida Cabrera-Mieles On her blog for The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin talks about why she keeps a one-sentence journal. According to her, the journal does not allow her to remember everything about a specific day. Yet, it provides a clue to where in her life she was at the moment of ...
March 2

Chasing Rabbits

Steven W. Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri, and is a licensed real estate appraiser. He lives with his wife, Cathy, on a wooded farm near Columbia, Missouri, and on walks in the deep woods stories sometimes come. Published novels include Midnight, Chambers, Long Train Passing, The Jordan Tracks, and Chimborazo. He has also published ...
February 20

5 Ways to Kick Writer’s Block

Meghan Miller is a senior at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) studying English Liberal Arts and is also pursuing a double-minor in Writing and Media Studies. She is the President and Editor-In-Chief of UNC’s Literary and Arts Magazine, The Crucible. When Meghan is not in class or running a meeting for The Crucible, she works at The UPS Store ...
February 17

A Week’s Worth of Photo Writing Prompts

Meghan Miller is a senior at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) studying English Liberal Arts and is also pursuing a double-minor in Writing and Media Studies. She is the President and Editor-In-Chief of UNC’s Literary and Arts Magazine, The Crucible. When Meghan is not in class or running a meeting for The Crucible, she works at The UPS Store ...
February 14

Why You’ll Never Be Able to Write While Pregnant, Or the Opposite

Christine grew up fishing on a small lake in Wisconsin. She didn’t become an architect, because someone told her it involved a lot of calculus. So now, she observes. She takes notes. She asks inappropriate questions. Christine received her bachelor’s degree in English from Washington University in St. Louis and her master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Other works by ...
January 29

Zombies: The Death of the Undead?

Zombies: The Death of the Undead? by J.P. Flarity At Norwescon, the "Northwest's Premier Science Fiction and Fantasy Event," there was a panel fully devoted to answering the question: Are we (as a society/writers/readers/media consumers) done with zombies? Have we bathed ourselves in the blood of our diseased brethren so completely that the smell will never come off? The fact ...
January 28

Violence in Fiction: Stunning Versus Schlocky

Violence in Fiction: Stunning Versus Schlocky by Colin Griffith As consumers of modern cultural media, if sometimes feels as though we’ve become inured to the presence of violence in fiction. The Schlock It’s easy to pick on movies like Hostel and the Saw franchise, because these films are essentially mutilation scenes tossed around patchwork dialogue. The same goes for the ...
January 28

The Tipping Point: Three Moments in Great Works that Change Everything

The Tipping Point: Three Moments in Great Works that Change Everything by Colin Griffith It’s the quiet moments that do it best. The touch of a hand, a word, a pause in the action. Or maybe it’s the breaking point, the second where chaos erupts and everything changes. There is fine art to creating these moments. They must feel organic, ...
January 28

Writing Bilingual

Zoraida Cabrera-Mieles grew up in a little tropical town in Puerto Rico. Later in life she moved to the cold but beautiful land of Boston. She graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in English and History of Art and Architecture. Zoraida was an editor for Boston University’s literary magazine Coup d’Etat and for the research blog Whither the Book. ...
January 27

Shock Art: The Potential Value of Killing a Central Character

Shock Art: the Potential Value of Killing a Central Character by Colin Griffith It’s one of the meanest, toughest, nastiest tricks in the book: killing a lead character unexpectedly. Typical narrative technique forbids it. We are trained by years of repetitive plot structure to expect a central character to live at least until the story’s climax, at which point it ...
January 27

Problems with Character Building in Science Fiction

Problems with Character Building in Science Fiction by Colin Griffith Imagine you’re going to a party… You’ve been lead to believe that this is going to be great. But when you arrive, there’s not a single person there you recognize. There are hundreds of people, but they’re all so…strange. They speak languages you’ve never heard. They constantly look at you ...
January 27

Poetry and Music

Colin Griffith is the Publishing Director for Tethered by Letters. He received his undergraduate degree in 2012 from Kenyon College, where he studied English with an emphasis in film. Focused on fiction and nonfiction alike, he’s especially fascinated by science fiction, horror, and cultural commentary. In addition to editing and publishing TBL’s quarterly journal, Colin writes fiction reviews for the ...
January 27

Poetry and Mythos

Alison Auger has been working in various positions for TBL since the summer of 2013, when she was a fledgling editing intern. She is currently a student of Creative Writing at the University of Colorado with an emphasis in whatever genre fits her fancy for that particular semester. She has been published through the One Book One Denver writing contest ...
January 27

How to Write a Novel and Get Super Fit

Alex Canby is a man who loves to write about himself in third person. He is a renaissance man of sorts who holds many passions close to his heart. He derives great pleasure from art and literature, travel and adventure, jumping, skipping, punching things, kicking things, choking things, and let us not forget punching and kicking things at the same ...
January 27

How to Write a Novel and Get a Date

Alex Canby is a man who loves to write about himself in third person. He is a renaissance man of sorts who holds many passions close to his heart. He derives great pleasure from art and literature, travel and adventure, jumping, skipping, punching things, kicking things, choking things, and let us not forget punching and kicking things at the same ...
January 27

How to Write a Novel and Dance Like No One Is Watching

Alex Canby is a man who loves to write about himself in third person. He is a renaissance man of sorts who holds many passions close to his heart. He derives great pleasure from art and literature, travel and adventure, jumping, skipping, punching things, kicking things, choking things, and let us not forget punching and kicking things at the same ...
January 27

6 Movies You Didn’t Know Were Books First

6 Movies You Didn't Know Were Books First by Alison Auger Though it may feel like only recently that Hollywood has been on a book-to-film conversion trip, here are 6 movies that prove the movie business has always come crawling back to the novel for ideas. 1. The Godfather Francis Ford Coppola’s famous classic gangster film, The Godfather, was actually ...
January 27

Poetry as Exercise

Colin Griffith is the Publishing Director for Tethered by Letters. He received his undergraduate degree in 2012 from Kenyon College, where he studied English with an emphasis in film. Focused on fiction and nonfiction alike, he’s especially fascinated by science fiction, horror, and cultural commentary. In addition to editing and publishing TBL’s quarterly journal, Colin writes fiction reviews for the ...
January 27

Read a Book of Contemporary Poetry

Alison Auger has been working in various positions for TBL since the summer of 2013, when she was a fledgling editing intern. She is currently a student of Creative Writing at the University of Colorado with an emphasis in whatever genre fits her fancy for that particular semester. She has been published through the One Book One Denver writing contest ...
January 27

Back to the Basics: Traditional Poetry

Alison Auger has been working in various positions for TBL since the summer of 2013, when she was a fledgling editing intern. She is currently a student of Creative Writing at the University of Colorado with an emphasis in whatever genre fits her fancy for that particular semester. She has been published through the One Book One Denver writing contest ...
January 27

Common Misconceptions That Can Make or Break Your Poem: Too Much Sex

Alison Auger has been working in various positions for TBL since the summer of 2013, when she was a fledgling editing intern. She is currently a student of Creative Writing at the University of Colorado with an emphasis in whatever genre fits her fancy for that particular semester. She has been published through the One Book One Denver writing contest ...
January 27

Common Misconceptions That Can Make or Break Your Poem: Being Profound

Alison Auger has been working in various positions for TBL since the summer of 2013, when she was a fledgling editing intern. She is currently a student of Creative Writing at the University of Colorado with an emphasis in whatever genre fits her fancy for that particular semester. She has been published through the One Book One Denver writing contest ...
January 27

Common Misconceptions That Can Make or Break Your Poem: Flowery Writing

Alison Auger has been working in various positions for TBL since the summer of 2013, when she was a fledgling editing intern. She is currently a student of Creative Writing at the University of Colorado with an emphasis in whatever genre fits her fancy for that particular semester. She has been published through the One Book One Denver writing contest ...
January 27

Move Along, Citizen: Advancing Your Plot Beyond the Purgatory of Description

Alison Auger has been working in various positions for TBL since the summer of 2013, when she was a fledgling editing intern. She is currently a student of Creative Writing at the University of Colorado with an emphasis in whatever genre fits her fancy for that particular semester. She has been published through the One Book One Denver writing contest ...
January 27

How To Write an Uncharted Story Without Losing Your Way

Alison Auger has been working in various positions for TBL since the summer of 2013, when she was a fledgling editing intern. She is currently a student of Creative Writing at the University of Colorado with an emphasis in whatever genre fits her fancy for that particular semester. She has been published through the One Book One Denver writing contest ...
January 21

Selecting a Literary Agent

Selecting a Literary Agent by Dani Hedlund There’s a great deal of debate about the importance of obtaining a literary agent. Moving into the digital age of self-publishing and e-books, most writers have turned against the idea of an agent, viewing them as just another person to pay. On the other hand, agents can be an invaluable gateway into the publishing ...
January 6

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Literary Style

Colin Griffith is the Publishing Director for Tethered by Letters. He received his undergraduate degree in 2012 from Kenyon College, where he studied English with an emphasis in film. Focused on fiction and nonfiction alike, he’s especially fascinated by science fiction, horror, and cultural commentary. In addition to editing and publishing TBL’s quarterly journal, Colin writes fiction reviews for the ...
January 6

Toast to 5 Classic Irish Poets by Alison Auger

Toast to 5 Classic Irish Poets by Alison Auger Enjoy our St. Patrick’s Day toast to some of the great Irish poets! We give you our top 5 poet and drink recommendations that are sure to bring out the Irish in everyone. James Joyce While most famous for his better known works such as Ulysses  and Finneganns Wake, James Joyce ...
January 6

What I’m Reading Now: Doctor Sleep

by Colin Griffith I’ve been a fan of Stephen King since high school, but I somehow didn’t get around to reading The Shining until my first year of college. Though it’s been years since I picked it up, I still regard that novel as one of King’s very best, certainly deserving of the critical and popular attention it receives. Still, …

January 1

Mastering The Craft

How to Master your Craft So you’ve caught the scribbler bug but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry—we’re ready to help you with the finer points of writing, starting with grammar, vocabulary, and exercises to improve your style. Once you've mastered your craft, take a look at our Writing Resource Center, where we've outlined every step of your publishing journey—from ...