I’m looking for some very special people–beta readers. These are people who, out of the kindness of their heart and their love of reading, will read a manuscript in process without pay and give you feedback. They are an essential part of the writing process.
Added by Patricia Robertson on August 23, 2016 at 7:06am — No Comments
Posted Monday Muse profile of Mississippi's new Poet Laureate Beth Ann Fennelly:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on August 22, 2016 at 7:38am — No Comments
Marsha ‘Yasmine’ Marie has been a writer, human rights activist, English department head, English instructor, American accent trainer, communication lab designer, voice-over talent, blogger, administrative assistant and mom. Born in Ohio, raised in Arizona, and then lived and taught in Asia. She has now returned to Arizona and lives…Continue
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Asking why a hook is important in everyday writing is like asking why a hook is important when going out to fish. No one will attempt a fishing expedition without a hook for the simple reason that no fish will give the fisherman a second look if they did not have something to attract the fish with. In…
Added by Tia Moreen on August 17, 2016 at 3:17am — No Comments
Many months ago, on The Creative Penn blog, I read an interview with a prolific writer who wrote a book practically every month. As part of the interview, Joanna Penn and this author talked about the common practice by some of treating their manuscript like a baby, a creative baby. They agreed that maybe for the first few books that was okay, but in order to grow as a writer, a writer needs to write, get past agonizing over each book and put it out there for others to…Continue
Added by Patricia Robertson on August 16, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments
My Writing Life
For a few seasons, I have had a gaggle of unpublished adventures nesting in my attic. I have both nourished and disciplined these ideas and scribbles. But, it wasn’t until March of this year that I was given the confirmation from God that this particular flock of stories had matured and were now ready to take flight.
When I received that confirmation, I got my “ducks in a row”, and proceeded with the publishing process. The…Continue
Added by Irene Roth on August 10, 2016 at 1:20pm — No Comments
I’ve had a great July. I focused on writing the first draft of the next novel in my Dancing through Life Series. The only problem is that in order to do that, I had to neglect others aspects of writing and life. So now I’m playing catch-up, while trying to revise what I wrote in…Continue
Added by Patricia Robertson on August 10, 2016 at 11:52am — No Comments
When I first signed with a literary agent several years ago, she told me to read as much as I could because it would improve my own writing. I never forgot that advice, and while I have always loved to read, after that I began to read with a different eye.
I enjoy a variety of genres and always have a book on my nightstand (or on my Kindle), and with each one I learn something that positively affects my own work. Sometimes it's the way an author uses details such as colors, sounds, or…Continue
Yup, this is what we're talking about today. Kind of glad that I'm not a vlogger because I can hide behind my computer this way.
What kind of kissing scene are we talking about here? Are we going for the hot and steamy? The gentle, lingering kiss? The gentle kiss that suddenly becomes rough and desperate? The kissing scene that you write will depend on your book, and your characters, and the situation.
Yes, the situation is…
I need your help! I have completed the first draft of the next book in my Dancing through Life Series, An Irish Slip Step. Now, time to pick a cover but which one? I love them both. I guess that’s a good problem to have. I would love to have your input on which cover…Continue
I'm a writer who doesn't work, so I don’t have to juggle job responsibilities with my writing life.
I don’t have kids at home, so don’t have to squeeze writing time into the spaces between family activities and responsibilities.
I’m grateful for my wonderful husband whose income covers everything we need, and who supports me in ways tangible and intangible. I know how lucky I am to have him.
Sounds ideal, doesn’t it?
Tackling a writing project in a journalism class is an entirely different monster than working on a paper for an average English course. A clashing standard is expected from you, and you'll probably find that many of the rules you've been taught since you were in grade school are now flipped on their head.
There's nothing wrong with going through this process. It's going to be difficult, but you'll slowly learn how to market yourself in the…Continue
Added by Cassandra Bondie on August 1, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments
“What’s the deal between Sara and her mother-in-law? She appears to be a little snot, which has certainly not been the case in the previous book.” One Beta reader commented.
I certainly didn’t want one of my major characters coming off like a snot, but I also didn’t want to spend too much time…Continue
Added by Patricia Robertson on July 27, 2016 at 9:39am — No Comments
Posted Monday Muse profile of Tim Seibles, Virginia's new Poet Laureate:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 25, 2016 at 6:55am — No Comments
Everyone keeps telling you: writing skills are crucial for success in any profession. Who cares if you don’t intend to become a writer? If you’re an office worker, for example, you’ll have to write several daily emails to your boss, collaborators, and clients. You’ll only leave a positive impression through flawless written expression. The slightest misspelling or grammatical error could make you look silly.
If you’re in any business, you’ll probably have…Continue
Added by Stephanie Norman on July 21, 2016 at 5:07am — No Comments
My blog and website turned a year old on July 12. Since I forgot to celebrate, here’s a belated happy birthday to www.pamjmcgaffin.com!
I started blogging as a way to build that all-important author platform, which to me sounds very brick and mortar-ish but has more to do with growing an…Continue
Added by Pam McGaffin on July 20, 2016 at 4:52pm — No Comments
You have read this (essay, article, rant, post, blog) before: Girls may just wanna have fun, but writers just wanna write. It’s an easy lament to poke holes in, easy as teachers complaining about their jobs (You get summers off! You don’t work all day!!). In the case of writers, we get things like, “You get to work at Starbucks without the apron!” or “I wish I could sit at home all day in my pajamas to do my job.” An author I know recently posted on…Continue
Back story – the bane of many beginning writers! How do I get all of the essential background about my character into the story as quickly as possible, they ask. And so they do what is a called a “back story dump,” filling you in on all the minute details of the…Continue
Added by Patricia Robertson on July 19, 2016 at 11:39am — No Comments
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Last night Brooke Warner gave a talk at Napa Valley Writers Group - Branch of the California Writers Club - about publishing in today's publishing world.
Thank you Brooke for that. I was happy to add a realistic perspective to my romantic notion of publishing one day. I am not turned away but in fact, challenged to…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Stokkebye on July 14, 2016 at 10:39am — No Comments