Welcome to LetterPile, the online home to a community of writers, readers, book lovers, and word nerds. From commercial writing to essays, creative writing advice to original fiction and poetry, this is the place to bring your knowledge of literature and writing to readers who believe in the power of the pen over the sword. For everyone who has had a book change their life, or who wants to discover a new poet, or who is inspired to take a crack at writing themselves, this is your library reference desk.
To write for LetterPile, authors must comply with HubPages’ editorial policy, which can be found on our HubPages’s Editorial Policy Page. In addition to these requirements, we have listed below some recommendations and tips on how to craft high quality articles for this particular site.
What We Like to See:
- Write What You Know: As a new writer seeking help, it’s helpful to hear other’s personal experience. The best writing advice comes from a place of personal trial and error.
- Creativity: It’s called creative writing for a reason after all. Our readers are literature lovers, so fiction and poetry should offer them something original and unique, or blow them out of the water by turning an old tale into something new.
- Top Notch Grammar and Spelling: Because LetterPile is all about writing, the best articles maintain a high standard as it pertains to grammar and spelling. This is an important signal to readers that they can trust your writing advice.
- Helpful Formatting: The formatting of your text should enhance readability, not hinder it. This means that for poetry, we recommend not using either bold or italics (and certainly not both!). For short stories, breaking up large blocks of text and using correct dialogue tags is helpful.
- Original or Properly Sourced Photography or Graphics: As writers, we respect the work of other artists. We strongly encourage using photos that are either original work or properly sourced. “Google Images” or “Pinterest” do not count as sources: to learn more, please review the guide to properly sourcing images.
- Stand-Alone Creative Fiction: Given the structure of the site, creative writing series can be hard to follow in order, and the reader experience may suffer. If they are very original or enchanting, they will still be accepted; however, stand-alone short stories are preferred.
What to Avoid:
- Avoid Cliches Like the Plague: Writing advice is best when it is specific and nuanced. Avoid cliches like “write what you know” and “kill your darlings,” unless you can offer a unique perspective, preferably from experience.
- Unfriendly Self Promotion: Your creative writing should not serve to lead into another work. This means we don’t want the prologue to your novel followed by an Amazon link. Your reader should be able to get enjoyment from your piece without spending any money. If you have external work that you would like to share, such as a blog or an e-book, these links should go on your profile page.
Here are some examples of articles on LetterPile that exhibit the type of high-quality work we wish to see on the site:
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