The Holy Grail of Writing Practices

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The secret behind watershed moments of creative genius is the exponential growth catalyzed by small, continuous improvement. The Japanese call it kaizen.

The secret behind Musepaper is kaizen writing: a small monthly writing practice of under 1,000 words, using curated writing prompts. It’s designed to support writers who are ready to enrich their voice, refine their style, and follow their Muse.

There are many valuable tools for a writer’s toolbox, but kaizen writing is the keystone, upon which all other tools depend on. 

We believe in poets and writers. The written word is in our blood and we’re never going to stop looking for ways to get more of it out there.

Musepaper is a nominal commitment of time and money, but a huge investment into strengthening your writing practice. We hope you’ll join us.

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New Millennium Writings has inspired and energized and supported my writing for years. I have felt personally connected, respected, and encouraged by both Don and Alexis. These editors care! Gratitude!

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Write and submit one story, one essay, or two poems per month.
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Small, Continuous Improvement

A writing practice grounded in simplicity, inspired by the Muse, and impelled by the happiness we feel from forward progress.

A process to realize your full potential and then catalyze new growth and expansion. It's a journey, and it's hard.

Musepaper makes it easier.

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Musepaper PRO: ONE monthly submission to the Writing Prompt of your choice (+ Subscriber Perks)

Musepaper PROLIFIC: THREE monthly submissions to any combination of Writing Prompts (+ Subscriber Perks)

Submission: A story, essay, or poem† of 1,000 words or less

†1 or 2 poems totaling 1,000 words or less is allowed. 

Each winner receives:

  • Publication online and in annual print collection
  • Recognition on all of our online platforms, including NMW’s website and in its widely circulated email newsletter
  • The ever-changing Enigma Prize, sure to delight and amuse!

*SUBSCRIBER PERKS include at least one extra submission per month for a growing selection of Subscriber-Only Prompts, complete with Musepaper Prizes and publishing opportunities. 

Subscriptions are for the Infinite Game

Goals are ultimately about what we become, rather than what we get. They focus motivation, preserve momentum, and guide our highest objectives when the game is infinite.

Goals can be invaluable when used wisely. For Musepaper, we wanted to create one of the most unique and interesting prizes, full of meaning and possibility… so we began listening to Clio, our Muse.

6+ Musepaper Prizes per Month

Enigma Gift + Full Publication
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Start the Story

  • Exclusive opportunity to launch Musepaper’s first experimental publication, The Never-Ending Story series, where authors build on each others creativity to create something beautiful and unending.
  • The best “Start the Story” entry will be the first installment for this multi-year series, laying the foundation for everything that follows. After the first winner has been selected and announced, The Never-Ending Story prompt will be open to Subscriber-Only submissions each month.

Monthly Bonus Submission(s)

  • Subscriber-Only Prompts (complete with awards and publication opportunities)

Collective Evolution

  • From cover design to typeface, to ideas beyond the margins, we’re inviting Subscribers to directly influence Musepaper’s evolution. Be part of something bigger than yourself.
  • Participation is optional, Subscribers can chime in as much or as little as they’d like.

Follow your Muse.

You will become a better writer. Guaranteed.

Any subscriber who doesn’t have that experience can request a full refund after completing twelve months.*

Subscriptions can easily be cancelled, at anytime, directly from your account page.

Easy peasy, lemon breezy.

* To ensure accountability and fairness to all of our subscribers some requirements apply.
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2 New Writing Prompts Each Month
x
3 Winners from Each Prompt
=
6 Musepaper Prizes per month
(a mix of stories, poems, and essays)

Musepaper PRO: ONE monthly submission to the Writing Prompt of your choice (+ Subscriber Perks)

Musepaper PROLIFIC: THREE monthly submissions to any combination of Writing Prompts (+ Subscriber Perks)

Submission: A story, essay, or poem† of 1,000 words or less

†1 or 2 poems totaling 1,000 words or less is allowed. 

Each winner receives:

  • Publication online and in annual print collection
  • Recognition on all of our online platforms, including NMW’s website and in its widely circulated email newsletter
  • The ever-changing Enigma Prize, sure to delight and amuse!

*SUBSCRIBER PERKS include at least one extra submission per month for a growing selection of Subscriber-Only Prompts, complete with Musepaper Prizes and publishing opportunities. 

Subscriptions are for the Infinite Game

Goals are ultimately about what we become, rather than what we get. They focus motivation, preserve momentum, and guide our highest objectives when the game is infinite.

Goals can be invaluable when used wisely. For Musepaper, we wanted to create one of the most unique and interesting prizes, full of meaning and possibility… so we began listening to Clio, our Muse.

6+ Musepaper Prizes per Month

Enigma Gift + Full Publication
(online and in print)

Start the Story

  • Exclusive opportunity to launch Musepaper’s first experimental publication, The Never-Ending Story series, where authors build on each others creativity to create something beautiful and unending.
  • The best “Start the Story” entry will be the first installment for this multi-year series, laying the foundation for everything that follows. After the first winner has been selected and announced, The Never-Ending Story prompt will be open to Subscriber-Only submissions each month.

Monthly Bonus Submission(s)

  • Subscriber-Only Prompts (complete with awards and publication opportunities)

Collective Evolution

  • From cover design to typeface, to ideas beyond the margins, we’re inviting Subscribers to directly influence Musepaper’s evolution. Be part of something bigger than yourself.
  • Participation is optional, Subscribers can chime in as much or as little as they’d like.

Follow your Muse.

You will become a better writer. Guaranteed.

Any subscriber who doesn’t have that experience can request a full refund after completing twelve months.*

Subscriptions can easily be cancelled, at anytime, directly from your account page.

Easy peasy, lemon breezy.

* To ensure accountability and fairness to all of our subscribers some requirements apply.
Read the Refund Policy.

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.

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All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

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Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.

John Anster
Inspired by a passage in
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “Faust”
1793 – 1867

Invention does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos.

Mary Shelley
1797 – 1851

The more a person limits himself, the more resourceful he becomes.

Søren Kierkegaard
1813 – 1855

[Genius requires] freshness and wildness of imagination, a raging ambition, an unusual gift for learning and growing, a depth and breadth of thought and spirit.

Ludwig van Beethoven
1770 – 1827

Patience is the master key to every situation.

Franz Kafka
1883 – 1924

Of genius the only proof is, the act of doing well what is worthy to be done, and what was never done before.

Of genius, in the fine arts, the only infallible sign is the widening the sphere of human sensibility, for the delight, honor, and benefit of human nature.

Genius is the introduction of a new element into the intellectual universe, or, if that be not allowed, it is the application of powers to objects on which they had not before been exercised, or the employment of them in such a manner as to produce effects hitherto unknown.

William Wordsworth
1770 – 1850

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed poets and writers citizens can change the world.

Margaret Mead Inspired Quote
1901 - 1978

The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.

Mary Oliver
1935 – 2019

A Collective Evolution

Subscribers are invited to directly influence Musepaper’s evolution.

From cover design to typeface, to ideas beyond the margins, join us in reimagining the publisher/writer relationship, growing readership organically, pushing the envelope, and letting brand new literature lead the way to a more connected, creative, and flourishing future.

Participation is completely optional, Subscribers can chime in as much or as little as they’d like.

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The final cover design of Musepaper, Volume 1 was decided upon by Subscribers and will be announced publicly upon the release (November 2019).

Here’s a preview of the three finalists:

  1. Leo’s Notebook
  2. Light the Muse
  3. Eyes of the World

Take your writing to a new level and have an early hand in Musepaper’s growth and creative evolution, not to mention new writing prompts, 6+ writing awards, with publication (online/print), happening every month. Plus, a growing community of like-minded poets and writers.

For the month of November, Musepaper’s most popular subscription is only $8.50 a month. Subscribe today.

COVER A - Leo's Notebook
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COVER B - CLIO'S Debut
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* * * OUT OF COMP * * * - EYES of the world
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Thanks for checking out Musepaper!

If you’ve made it this far and you’re still on the fence, hop on down and join us. Here’s why:

  • Nothing will take your writing to the next level more effectively than small, continual improvement. Step-by-step it can hardly be seen, but this compounding effect creates exponential growth.
  • New Millennium Writings has been awarding new and emerging writers for nearly a quarter century. Most recently, we created Sunshot Press, and the inaugural publications have already garnered Finalist awards from PEN America, Next Gen Indie Awards, and Book Excellence Awards. We’re expecting equally swift and amazing results from the Musepaper.

It’s hard to contain our excitement, but we’re at the beginning of something really special and we want you join us.

Whatever you decide, we wish you love, laughter, and respect. We hope to read you soon.

Your friends,

Alexis & Brent

P.S. Learn more on the About page.

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