Deborah Owen

Ms. Deb, as her students affectionately call her, is the CEO & Founder of Creative Writing Institute, and the former A-1 Writing Academy (now defunct).

"The A-1 Academy was a pilot program built within the virtual walls of a large writer's group," said Deborah. "In the first year we drew 600 students, but I wanted to reach the public. In another year Creative Writing Institute was created. It is a high-quality, low cost writing school with full-time mentors and small classes. Even distressed students and seniors can afford our prices."

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Short story structure demands that you abandon all ideas of forming your own brand of storytelling The rules are very simple: comply to the form that sells, or you don't sell

Creative writers write to entertain. They entertain themselves, and they entertain those who dare to read what they write. This can be both good and bad.

Creative writing calls for all the talent you can muster If you don't have very much talent, that's just dandy

Have you ever wanted to write fantasy, but perhaps did not know where to begin? Then this is the article for you. By the time you finish reading, you will know enough to write your first fantasy story.

Stories may differ in message, content and characters, but each one is required to have these 16 different elements By the time you finish this article, you will be well equipped with a checklist that will be worth keeping – albeit, not necessarily written in the proper order

Creative writing for the little people is not the same as writing for adults In fact, it may even be more difficult, as the first qualification of writing for children is being able to think like a child

Learn the DeBowen short story system, the newest writing rage Every story has one climactic conflict, and this is where you are going to start your story

Creative writers – make a lot of money writing for newspapers The writing is easy, you don't have to worry about "Show, Don't Tell," and you can resell the articles all over the country with simultaneous submissions

Creative writing is a finely honed skill. We can temper it and study it until we are blue in the face, and we still will not have plummeted its depths. That is what makes it so fascinating.

Many creative writers attend the public educational system to sharpen their prose and poetry skills, and this author certainly applauds all who make such a grand effort. However, the question becomes, is it necessary to invest multiplied thousands of dollars on colleges the average person cannot afford. Is the same thing available for less money? The answer is yes.

Creative writers – don't wait to edit your work until you know every word by heart – learn to edit the easy way Do you know what to look for in editing?

Wikipedia defines a twisted ending as an unexpected conclusion or climax to a work of fiction, which may contain a surprising irony, or cause the audience to review the story from a different perspective by revealing new information about the characters or plot. A twist ending is the conclusive form of plot twists. This literary device is also referred to as a surprise ending.

According to the dictionary, a writer is one who writes. Yet most writers don't consider themselves "real" writers unless they have been published. Is it because the literary world is responsible for dubbing a person a "writer"? Or is it because writers lay that definition on themselves? I think it is the latter.

Editors know what they are looking for in a query letter. This guide follows the teaching of Noah Lukeman, editor, novelist, literary agent and teacher at Writer’s University.

Most new writers are so eager to sell their work that they don't stop to consider what rights they are selling. "Rights" refers to how a publisher can use your work. "Rights" has nothing whatever to do with what you are paid or the copyright of your work.

When creative writers think of parenting, they normally think of someone biologically bearing a child, but there is more than one kind of parent. There is the unmarried parent, the divorced parent, the parent to be, and the adoptive parent, to name a few. But still there is another kind of parent we haven't named, and that is parenting the created word. Although it may not conjure up the same status as that of physical parenting, the labor is just as real.

Every main character must be a three-dimensional person. Exactly what does that mean? It means they must be like real people who have nuances, nervous habits, attitudes, bad habits, good habits, a past, present, and future, and are often unpredictable. This is what it takes to make a believable character.

When there are so many creative writers out there, why is it that so relative few are published? Could it be that they don't have the self-confidence to move forward to publication? Or is it because they don't know how to get published?

Every story and every article has a "voice". What do we mean by voice? It is the angle from which your story is viewed. No one point of view (POV) is right or wrong.

Most creative writers have a secret desire to enter a writing or poetry contest at some point in life. Yet they stifle that desire by thinking they aren't good enough to enter. It's one thing to analyze your writing and know that you are not a Thoreau or Stephen King, and it is altogether another to think so little of your writing that you won't take the chance on entering contests.

All creative writers are bound to an invisible law of journalism. From the beginning of time, the same structure has been used. All of the great writers use it. But after this lesson, you will see that story structure is far more than the initial breakdown:

Creative writers know that every climactic scene is emphasized by the conflict within it. The conflict can be anything that creates tension, anxiety, uncertainty, incompatibility, or opposing forces. It can be an argument, a scene of abuse, a rapist resisting the urge, two sisters fighting over a boy, or a man in a sailboat trying to survive a storm. All of these conflicts and more are normally divided into four groups. I have added a fifth group.

Developing a story is very simple, but most people go about it the wrong way.

Are writing lessons for everyone? No, but if you’re asking yourself if you should take writing lessons, the answer is probably yes. Ye olde subconscious doth not lie.

All writers have style, but what is it? How is it developed? Can it be changed? Read the answers to all these questions and more – inside.

Do you enter writing contests? Have you won any? Here are reasons why you should enter – even if you lose!

When I started creative writing, I felt like the Lone Ranger. I didn’t know a single writer, or a single writing rule, for that matter. Further, I had no idea where to go to get the knowledge. Creative writing classes were too expensive, and it never occurred to me that the library had a wealth of information at my disposal (duh); thus, I was totally on my own. There is no worse way to learn writing than that.

Do you have the reader in the palm of your hand? If so, you can control how fast he reads, and even how fast his heart beats. Learn how within.

Isn’t there enough writing in the world? Why add your two cents? There are many good reasons why you should. Read to find out.

So you wrote your stories, and you can’t find markets for them. Right? You’re going about your marketing in the wrong way.

Never let the reader predict you story. Twist that ending, and then twist it again. Read this to see how.

We’ve heard people say a writer can make a living doing what we love most, but is it really true? If so, what is the secret?

Deborah Owen is here to answer your questions.

What is the best way to write a story? What is a plot? How do you develop a plot? How should you develop your style? Read this to find out.


Creative writers and journalists sometimes have the problem of smoothly transitioning from one paragraph to the other, especially when they are changing the subject This is a learned skill that is not hard to master

As a creative writer, you must feel the mood your are writing about It is imperative if you want to reach your audience

Creative writers have a hard time dealing with criticism – constructive or otherwise After all, our written words are our babies, and how dare anyone criticize them or try to change them

All creative writers use inference, whether by choice or by accident So you may be thinking, “If I can do use it by accident, why should I study it

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