Author Archives: Baihley Gentry

Your Story #74: Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo to the left. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Thanks to everyone who entered and/or voted in WD’s Your Story 74! Here are the results....

Word: Twitter Hashtag #90sABook Is All That and a Bag of Chips

Last week, bookseller Barnes & Noble tapped into our collective nostalgia with its #90sABook hashtag on Twitter, asking readers to reinvent popular book titles by pairing them with relics of the 90s. The Twittersphere happily obliged—and the resulting delightful, clever melds will amuse any literary buff.          ...

Online Exclusive: More Insider’s Guides for 101 Best Websites

Insider’s Guide: Make a Living Writing (makealivingwriting.com) Award-winning freelance writer Carol Tice’s mission is to help writers earn more money for their work. Read the site’s many free expert articles and sign up for her free e-book, 100+ Freelance Writing Questions, Answered. (Courses and mentor programs are also available for a...

#WriterWednesday: Top 10 Tweets of the Week

Whether you’re battling self-doubt (“What if I never have a story/article idea as good as the last one EVER AGAIN?”) trudging your way through a first draft (or 50th) or cultivating motivation to sit at the keyboard, you’re not the only one. In honor of #WriterWednesday, we’ve culled our favorite tweets of...

Your Story #73: Winner!

Prompt: Write a short story, of 700 words or fewer, that begins with the sentence prompt on the left.You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Once again, you’ve made the Your Story competition a success! Thanks to everyone who participated in competition #73 (either by entering,...

Your Story #72: Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo to the left.You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Thanks to everyone who entered WD’s Your Story 72 contest! Here are the results. The top 10...

Your Story #71: Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo to the left. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Thanks to everyone who entered and/or voted in WD’s Your Story 71! Here are the...

Your Story 70: Winner!

Prompt: Write a short story, of 700 words or fewer, that begins with the following sentence: The difference is, I lie for a reason. Once again, you’ve made the Your Story competition a success! Thanks to everyone who participated in competition #70 (either by entering, reading or voting). Out of more...

Your Story 69: Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo to the left.You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Thanks to everyone who entered and/or voted in WD’s Your Story 69! Here are the results....

Your Story 68: Winner!

Prompt: Write a short story, of 750 words or fewer, based on the picture prompt on the left. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Once again, you’ve made the Your Story competition a success! Thanks to everyone who participated in competition #68 (either by entering,...

Your Story 67—Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo to the left.   Thanks to everyone who entered and/or voted in WD’s Your Story 67! Here are the results. The winners, in ranking order, are as follows: 1. Thin, punctured...

5 Quotes by Legendary Writer William Zinsser (In Memoriam)

To write well, William Zinsser believed, you had to “believe in your writing and believe in yourself, taking risks, daring to be different, pushing yourself to excel.” The National Magazine Award–winning journalist and author of 18 books—including the acclaimed bestseller On Writing Well, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies—Zinsser...

Your Story 66: A Mother’s Confession

Prompt: Write a short story of 750 words or fewer based on the following prompt: Mommy, I don’t like this. Once again, you’ve made the Your Story competition a success! Thanks to everyone who participated in competition #66 (either by entering, reading or voting). Out of nearly 300 entries, readers helped us...