The hard part about standing out as a writer is figuring out how to differentiate yourself. We all want to be heard. We all want our words to be significant and distinct.

As we think about what it means to share our thoughts and creations publicly, what are you doing to define your voice? How do you want to be known and remembered in reference to your writing? What steps are you taking to make sure that your voice is authentic?

For example, Kern Carter writes a lot about the creative struggle, particularly from the emotional perspective. Between those pieces…

“There can be a kind of freedom, when the reward is itself the work.” Poet, Nikki Giovanni

Writers and other creatives are always expected to share/perform and open themselves up to the world. It’s what we do. But I’ve learned in my career as a writer that there is something sacred about creating just to create.

When you create something you know no one will see, when it’s for your eyes and your eyes only, there’s a freedom in that. It’s almost like self-care for your soul.

So for this week’s prompt, we’d like you to talk about what you…

In the literary world this week, HarperCollins is acquiring HMH, Mike Pence is getting a $4 mill book deal, and Younger returns for its final season.

That’s a lot to take in. Let’s start with Younger. It’s a series on Amazon that fictionalizes the publishing industry. It’s light, funny, but also gives some basic insight into the literary world. This will be seven seasons of Younger, so it’s obviously been a hit.

Speaking of hits, Simon and Schuster is hoping that former Vice President, Mike Pence, will produce a hit book. …

Insecurity feels so familiar for many of us writers. So often, we can be our own worst critics and that can prevent us from writing and trying to get our writing out into the world.

For this week’s call to submission, tell us about a time or times you’ve felt insecure about your writing. Did it prevent you from putting words on the page? How did you get over it?

Be as creative as you want when telling the story. Use the prompt as a guide to describe how insecurity has played a role in your journey as a writer.

Same rules as always:

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This is bigger than Meghan and the Monarchy

Image by: Alswart

This piece was coauthored by Darynel Weekly


All of us are guilty.

17 million guilty viewers. All of us need to own it because it’s true.

I sat with my mom and 18-year-old daughter, all with our eyes glued and judgements ready. At every commercial break, I scrolled through Twitter reading up to the minute posts from UK journalists and fiery commentary from Black Twitter.


Because we all gave in.

Meghan and Harry revealed intimate details of their personal lives, the lives of their children, the lives of their families…

Kern Carter

Writer | Ghostwriter | Author of Thoughts of a Fractured Soul and Beauty Scars |

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