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10 Wrongdoings in Freelancing You’ll Never Make Again

When people find out that I’m a self-employed professional writer, I can see their faces light up. People love the idea of working from home and setting their own hours – probably because they’re tied up in a job that they don’t like. For those of you who are in that predicament, I share your pain. I was once stuck in that nine-to-five grind, and to a certain degree I still am. The only difference is that I do it at home instead of somewhere else, and I can do it on my own…


Added by Nancy Lin on April 29, 2016 at 6:59am — No Comments

Creative Me

“There is no greater agony

than bearing an untold story inside you.“

Maya Angelou

The morning starts with the obligatory cup of coffee, dark chocolate and the perfect melody of Rhapsody…


Added by Svetla Vasileva on April 29, 2016 at 3:08am — No Comments

Book Editing: The Last Stretch

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.  -  Richard Bach

I've had more than a dozen different odd jobs since my adolescence, but I have to say, being a writer has been the…


Added by Loraine Van Tuyl on April 28, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Building a Relationship with Your Characters


Characters are one of the most important things about a book, so it's important to connect with the people you've created in your head so they seem real to your readers.

 I thought that was a good opening line *pats self on the back* so now, let's get down to it!

 Basically, if you can't connect with your characters; how can you expect your readers to? Get comfortable with them, know them, describe them and their actions.…


Added by Ashley Earley on April 27, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Advice on Character Development

For the past year or so I've been working on a new novel, and this one has caused me a lot of angst--and stress. I realize now that the main reason I've had so many problems is that I didn't spend enough time thinking about the protagonist before I started writing. I figured (hoped) she would evolve into a believable, empathetic character as I wrote, but she never really did. The result was a first draft with a heroine who seemed...not real.…


Added by Maria Murnane on April 26, 2016 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

How Do You Decide What to Write Next?

If you are a writer, chances are there are characters, stories, plots and subplots floating around in your head. I know that’s the case for me. There are multiple characters and story lines clamoring in my brain demanding attention.

“Pick me! Pick me!” they shout.

How can I pick from among them?

Right now I have two equally intriguing ideas for books in my Dancing Through Life…


Added by Patricia Robertson on April 26, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Struggling with Writing (What I’ve Been Up To)

  I’ve been slacking off again. I’ve had a lot of tests lately and I’ve been having writing struggles since the beginning of this year. And now finals are just around the corner so I’m going to slack off with blogging some more. I’m sorry. I just can’t find the time to get around to blogging. Any free time I have goes into hanging out with my friends or writing.

So I mentioned that I’ve been having writing struggles since the beginning of this year. It’s been brutal. I started…


Added by Ashley Earley on April 23, 2016 at 9:12am — No Comments

I am a very bad writer


I’ve never read Virginia Woolf or Ulysses  [or find another famous book writers read that I haven’t read].


I use the thesaurus for every adjective in my story [insert adjectives for “story”, then compare this writing to something using adjectives].


I usually only read 3 sentences of a story before I decide…


Added by Mishel Lane on April 22, 2016 at 5:14pm — No Comments


Lull - noun; plural noun: lulls

1. a temporary interval of quiet or lack of activity.


That’s me: In a lull. A writer’s lull. My first book’s “book-iversary” was April 8th.  I intended to create a little…


Added by Cindy Eastman on April 20, 2016 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Story Prompt Monday: Try Writing a Poem

I have an energetic, expressive friend who writes cozy mysteries. Her critique partner/ruthless editor happens to be a poet. My friend cherishes this incongruity between them, because who better understands the economy of words than a poet? She says that if clarity is indeed king, and if there is a simpler, more direct way of telling her story, a poet is sure to light the path.…


Added by Rebecca Laclair on April 18, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Lit Life | Make or Break Grammar and Style

Early on in my writing life, a teacher or mentor (I can’t recall exactly) told me this: Learn the rules so you can break them effectively. I follow this advice and extend it to my own writing students. Why? Every writer should consider the why and how of personal style choices. It’s perfectly fine to break…


Added by Lori A. May on April 17, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

From fact to feeling: Adding emotional tension

In fiction, one truth prevails: emotional tension turns pages. A beautifully executed and thoroughly researched story comes across as ho-hum and put-down-able if the characters do not share authentic feelings with the reader, regardless of whether those feelings are fear, love, or rage. Conversely, a loosely plotted, implausible story can be absorbed enthusiastically in a number of hours because the emotional tension is held from page to page. A heart-wrenching book receives high praise…

Added by Rebecca Laclair on April 13, 2016 at 8:49am — No Comments

6 Benefits of Blogging

Whenever I complain about not having enough time to do everything I think I need to do–family responsibilities, writing and publishing books, writing articles and submitting them to magazines, marketing, maintaining my website, and blogging—my husband, the accountant, asks:

“What has the potential to make…


Added by Patricia Robertson on April 12, 2016 at 7:37am — 2 Comments

Writing Tip: A Little Detail Can Make a Big Impression

In the past I've blogged about how giving your characters quirks helps make them seem like real people. The same can be said for peppering your manuscript with the occasional detail. Adding descriptive nuggets such as colors, sounds or smells enriches the picture forming in your readers' minds, which draws them into the story. And that's exactly what you want to happen--you want your readers to…


Added by Maria Murnane on April 11, 2016 at 9:59am — No Comments

Motivation, where art thou? by Maria Piork

In a perfect world all writers would get eight hours of restful sleep, would never suffer writer’s block, and would never be in a lousy mood. Likewise, no writer would ever be awakened at night by a sick child or a pet, or ever have a fight with a spouse.

I don’t think too many of us live in that perfect world, I certainly don’t… Two nights ago I slept funny and my back is hurting me. These past few weeks I’ve missed the gym more times than I care to admit. And,…


Added by Maria Piork on April 10, 2016 at 1:50pm — No Comments

How to Write a Feature Story



Added by Cassandra Bondie on April 8, 2016 at 2:21am — No Comments

When You Don't Want to Write That Memoir Yourself--

posted on Huff Post Books, April 8 2016. 

It's tough enough to get started.

Everyone says how easy it should be to write about your life. You can keep a journal and tell a good story at the dinner table, right? So it should be no problem to whip out a 60,000 word book.


If you've been believing that, then no wonder if you get stuck.


I'm here to tell you that it's brutally difficult to keep writing and let's just say it openly here--most of us…


Added by Patti M Hall on April 7, 2016 at 9:40am — No Comments

Poet Profile: Fatemeh Shams

Posted brief profile of Fatemeh Shams and a recording of a reading of her work:

Celebrate National Poetry Month!

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on April 7, 2016 at 7:15am — No Comments

April (Snow) Showers

"April (Snow) Showers"

Nature is an artist,

Cross-hatching streamers of snowflakes;

Snowflakes falling from white clouds

Falling on tree branches,

On leaf mulch,

On crocuses,

On houses,

On fences,

On stone walls

On cars.

Nature laughs mischievously at us

For foolishly believing we can begin wearing our Bermuda shorts and sandals so soon,

Anticipating warm days full of anarchical frolicking in…


Added by Karen Szklany Gault on April 6, 2016 at 9:20am — No Comments

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