I am a NaNo rebel. That…
Technology can often be seen as an interruption to the creative process. Shy of the keyboard needed to type your next masterpiece, many think tech devices and apps will just get in the way. That doesn’t have to be the case though. These apps for writers will make your job easier and also keep you on task so that your writing can flourish.…Continue
Did you know that writing can do the following:
If you’re in college you have probably…
Added by Jennifer Lockman on November 28, 2016 at 1:53pm — No Comments
Book sales are very important to an author. It’s a nice feeling to see a book into which you’ve poured heart, soul and an incredible amount of time, produce healthy sales. The problem is that not all places that put up sales and author rankings are equal or tell the whole truth. A good example of this problem is Amazon.
I know an author who measures his…
Added by Kristen Houghton on November 28, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
As I write this, I am waiting to hear the outcome of yet another writing competition I entered several months back. As in, today is the announcement day. But have I been checking my email since last week at a rate only a crazy person would understand? Yes.
I gathered up a bunch of words I…Continue
The main criticism I’ve heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is that it encourages quantity over quality in writing. Writers are spurred on to spew out words as quickly as possible without regard for the value behind the words. And then, thanks to…Continue
Added by Patricia Robertson on November 4, 2016 at 6:55am — No Comments
Things I Did Wrong — Things I Did Right. My Memoir Process.
Things I Did Wrong:
I showed too many people my early drafts. This resulted in me changing the whole memoir from past tense to present tense and back again (and there’s no Replace All function for tense).
I didn’t trust my own voice. I made edits based on what my early readers thought would improve my memoir. Almost every one of these changes ended up sounding clunky and…Continue
I recently signed up for a relatively new program on Amazon, Kindle Scout. I had tried a year and a half ago with no success, but decided to give it another try. After all, the book I had submitted back then, Still Dancing, had been about a family dealing with cancer, not exactly a feel…Continue
Added by Patricia Robertson on November 2, 2016 at 12:29pm — No Comments
Eight writers, including Margaret Atwood and Joyce Carol Oates, talk about 'facing the blank page' and finding creative inspiration.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on November 1, 2016 at 7:42am — No Comments
It had been a beautiful fall day and I was determined to get in a bike ride along Falling Waters Trail to Lime Lake before going to New York to babysit my new grandson later that week. When I noticed my back tire was pretty soft, I thought, “No problem. I’ll use the pump at the beginning of the…Continue
Added by Patricia Robertson on October 28, 2016 at 6:24am — No Comments
Story Circle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to women telling their stories, is looking for a social media intern who will post frequently on several media platforms in exchange for free online writing classes and membership in our organization. Here's the link for more information:http://www.storycircle.org/volunteers.shtml. Please contact Len Leatherwood, Coordinator of Online Classes…Continue
Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on October 25, 2016 at 11:09pm — No Comments
New update on my upcoming book Alone in Paris!
I've finished editing Alone in Paris! So excited and happy about the progress with Alone in Paris. It really…
Added by Ashley Earley on October 22, 2016 at 8:28am — No Comments
Coming up is the great celebration of writing, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Time for me to clear a writing space on the cluttered catch all table in my kitchen that I use during NaNoWriMo.
What role does “place” play in your writing? How can you effectively evoke a place in your writing—be it poetry or prose? How do you write about interior or dreamed spaces? How have travel writers and other authors successfully written about place? Themed lessons will be posted weekly, featuring example poems, articles, essays, and links to additional reading.
Space is still available for the upcoming Writing About Place workshop! Four weeks, online, accessible at your…Continue
Added by Bernadette Geyer on October 19, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
I’m not picking on my brother-in-law, but he’s the latest person to have asked me this question: Can you write something for me? This familiar and frequent question is usually preceded by, “You’re the writer”… as if we writers are the only ones…Continue
For anyone who enjoys writing and/or reading memoir, I look forward to your comments!
All the Best, Linda
Added by Linda Carvelli on October 12, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments
This infographic provides detailed and easy to understand instructions on how you can properly write and structure your essay. It includes a list of questions for you to be able to follow your progress, correct mistakes you might have overlooked, and to check the extensiveness of your essay. Included as well are some additional tips, which you can utilize to make writing a little bit easier.
It also includes useful key points on how you can arrange your thoughts, all…Continue
Added by Laura Callisen on October 12, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments
When people find out I’m working on a book, they invariably ask that question I dread.
“So, what’s it about?”
My wildly differing responses have ranged from the terse -- It’s about identity – to the rambling: It’s a young-adult novel about a teenage girl who loses…Continue
“I can’t do this anymore! I’m no business woman. I quit,” I said last week when receiving notice about a form I was supposed to have filed but hadn’t. Sometimes I just don’t know, what I don’t know, which leads to frustration.
Over twenty years ago, as a lay woman running a…Continue
Added by Patricia Robertson on October 11, 2016 at 6:17am — No Comments
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