MOVING DAY!

 By David E. Sharp Originally published April 30, 2020 Everyone at one point or another must face the gauntlet that is trial and tribulation. Scourge and punishment. And despite this woe, many are unprepared because most of us have never enrolled in wizard school. Nor have we fought an oppressive empire in a galaxy far,Continue reading “MOVING DAY!”

PANDEMIC READING LIST

BY ELEANOR SHELTON Originally posted April 23, 2020 I wonder … during a pandemic when we are quarantined, what do we gravitate toward to read? Is it time for a view of the human condition that pokes fun like Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Or the quirky essays of David Sedaris? Or how many of usContinue reading “PANDEMIC READING LIST”

THE SOLITARY ENDEAVOR

  By Brian Kaufman Originally posted April 16, 2020 I belong to two critique groups. Because of stay-at-home orders, both groups have switched to online meetings via Zoom. For years, one group’s meetings included a member in Portland, thanks to Facetime. We’d pass the cell phone around the table when sharing our feedback. So, I’mContinue reading “THE SOLITARY ENDEAVOR”

THE BELLY OF THE BEAST

By David E. Sharp Originally posted April 08, 2020 I tend to crave isolation until I get it. Suddenly, I find myself wondering what the rest of the world is doing out there, how are people fairing during quarantine, ruptured routines, and in some cases, significant upheavals. Some folks work from home. Others hope toContinue reading “THE BELLY OF THE BEAST”

CHANGES IN STORE FOR NCW

By Ronda Simmons Originally posted April 01, 2020 There has been some confusion lately about the mission of the Northern Colorado Writers. Despite our motto, “helping writers navigate their way to success,” there are some who have taken to social media promoting NCW as a politically conservative organization. WRITE, RIGHT, RITE: THEY SOUND ALIKE, BUTContinue reading “CHANGES IN STORE FOR NCW”

WRITERS DARWINISM

By Eleanor Shelton Originally posted March 06, 2020 I’m sitting at the airport waiting to board my first of four work trips this month. As I look around, so many people are sniffling, coughing, and blowing their noses. I wonder how many people have coronavirus. Probably all of them. I know for sure the coworkersContinue reading “WRITERS DARWINISM”

A CHAPTER ONE CHECKLIST

By David E. Sharp Originally posted February 27, 2020 The annual NCW conference looms on the horizon. Many of us are sprucing up those manuscripts to impress professionals of the literary world, not least of which are agents you hope to woo. You’ve got 50,000 words to show off, but you’ll only have a pageContinue reading “A CHAPTER ONE CHECKLIST”

WE CAN ALL BE POETS, EVEN IF WE CAN’T ALL, LIKE, BE POETS

By Ronda Simmons Originally posted February 20, 2020 I liked poetry in high school. Loved it, even. In that time and place, the only people who got enthusiastic about poetry were the English teachers, and even some of them weren’t keen. These were the days before being a nerd was cool. Kids my age wereContinue reading “WE CAN ALL BE POETS, EVEN IF WE CAN’T ALL, LIKE, BE POETS”

USING SYMBOLISM

BY BRIAN KAUFMAN Originally posted February 13, 2020 You are likely familiar with narrative arc (the path that characters take within a story’s plot) and character arc (the changes characters undergo throughout the story). But you may not be familiar with symbolic arc—the evolving use of a recurring symbol in fiction. I first encountered thisContinue reading “USING SYMBOLISM”

FEELING THE PRESSURE OF A PLAN

   BY ELEANOR SHELTON Originally posted February 06, 2020 I’m about to jump into the querying trenches again. This time with a new novel and hundreds of writing hours under my belt on this recent work of magnificence. My last magnificent opus inched up the ladder of success until the ladder was unceremoniously yanked from under myContinue reading “FEELING THE PRESSURE OF A PLAN”