NaNoWriMo: The Speed Writing Challenge

By Shelley Widhalm Every fall, do you start thinking about NaNoWriMo’s built-in goal and deadline as a Yea or a Nay? Like me, maybe you’re a veteran author who’s done it before, or possibly committing to writing 50,000 words during November is new to you. Divided up to a daily count, it is 1,667 words.Continue reading “NaNoWriMo: The Speed Writing Challenge”

ADVENTURES IN NaNoWriMo LAND

By Brian Kaufman In 1999, freelance writer Chris Baty started National Novel Writing Month, gathering 21 San Francisco participants to attempt a singular goal—to write a novel in one month. Having realized the limitations of a July event, Baty moved the second year’s festivities to November to “take advantage of the miserable weather.” The secondContinue reading ADVENTURES IN NaNoWriMo LAND

Developing A Formula

By Katie Lewis We’ve all become overly familiar with isolation in the last two years. While it’s undeniable that on a worldwide scale, the vast experience tended toward the negative, setting aside time to be alone remains an essential part of the creative process.  Many writers find the act of cloistering important to their creativeContinue reading “Developing A Formula”

Ode to The Writer’s Retreat

By Ronda Simmons There once was a writer with Block Who needed to stop and take stock. Her prose was a mess, Her nerves were in stress, She wanted to hide in a rock. She reread her draft with disgust. Her literary dreams dashed to dust.

When The Writing Happens

by David E Sharp My children can argue about anything. Sudden shouts rise through the house to alert the family that a disagreement has reared its ugly head. My job is to intervene before violence erupts. In theory, I want to give them a chance to work things out on their own.

Embracing The Ticking Clock

By Shelley Widhalm Fitting time for writing with a full-time job and life around it can be difficult.  Finding the time and space for efficient and synergetic writing requires not only a skill in time management but dedication, commitment, and … passion.  I let writing end up at the bottom of my to-do list, turningContinue reading “Embracing The Ticking Clock”

REASONS WHY WRITER’S RETREATS ARE BETTER THAN PRISON

“Everyone [attending the retreat] wanted the same thing: to be reminded of what it felt like to be pulled toward his or her work, and to be unable to resist.” ~Mark Salzman, author of The Man in the Empty Boat By Brian Kaufman I’ve talked to writers who entertain the fantasy of writing a novelContinue reading REASONS WHY WRITER’S RETREATS ARE BETTER THAN PRISON

Feeling Seen: Representation Matters

By Katie Lewis Representation matters. I don’t think any socially conscious writer in the year 2022 really needs to be told that. However, I want to share the absolute elation I have felt at increasingly seeing characters I can relate to more frequently in recent years. It truly is the best feeling to stumble acrossContinue reading “Feeling Seen: Representation Matters”