The Book You Were Meant to Write

By Brian Kaufman Originally posted September 12, 2019 Perhaps you just finished work on a successful project and wonder what sort of book can match the emotional impact of the one you just finished. Or maybe you are amid fielding rejections and wonder if you’re writing in the wrong genre. There are variations of theContinue reading “The Book You Were Meant to Write”

Holy Sites of Information

By Eleanor Shelton Originally posted September 5, 2019 When I was a kid, I jumped at the chance to accompany my younger sister into the library in the small town where our grandparents own a summer cottage. To her, libraries were a place where the next adventure waited, another era came to life, or moreContinue reading “Holy Sites of Information”

Should You Be Taking The Shortcut?

By David E. Sharp Originally posted August 29, 2019 Yes. Yes, you should. I’ve worked in libraries and bookstores for about two decades. I have seen that, from a reader perspective, we are a novel-centric culture. I’m not sure if people feel that short stories are beneath them or simply forget about them as aContinue reading “Should You Be Taking The Shortcut?”

Tropes Nopes

By Ronda Simmons Originally posted August 21, 2019 A trope, according to Miriam-Webster, is “a common or overused theme or device.” In movies and literature, examples include: · the ugly duckling turns into a beauty queen · the commoner inherits the crown · the dead bad guy isn’t dead after all · the race toContinue reading “Tropes Nopes”

Reminiscing Bettyville

By Eleanor Shelton Originally posted August 7, 2019 June of 2016 I was accepted into a novel editing workshop in the Aspen Summer Words Conference. The faculty member for my workshop was George Hodgman, a former editor at Houghton Mifflin, Simon & Schuster, and Vanity Fair. He had recently published his award-winning memoir Bettyville.  When IContinue reading “Reminiscing Bettyville”

Ol’ Charlie Dick

By David E. Sharp Originally posted July 30, 2019 AN INTERVIEW WITH CHARLES DICKENS DS: It’s time for another fake interview with a deceased author. Today, from his grave in Poet’s Corner, we have the inimitable Charles Dickens. Mr. Dickens, you are known for painting the modern picture of Victorian England, creating larger than lifeContinue reading “Ol’ Charlie Dick”

Summer Reading Lists: We’re Supposed to Be Reading

By JC Lynne originally posted July 26, 2019 It’s that time of year. Temperatures are up, so perhaps are tempers. Motivation is low, so is our energy. Some of us are traveling or just getting out of doors but it’s a truism of being a writer, we must read books.  A lot of them. YouContinue reading “Summer Reading Lists: We’re Supposed to Be Reading”

We Are GODS: World Building

By Ronda Simmons originally published July 16, 2019 Never one to pass up a bargain, I recently attended a free class taught by Trai Cartwright at the Old Town Library on World Building. I don’t write science fiction or fantasy, but since Trai was teaching, I decided to go because a) Trai is hilarious, b) she’s alsoContinue reading “We Are GODS: World Building”

The Writing Metaphor

By JC Lynne Originally posted July 2019 Metaphors are a writer’s tool of the trade. We try to create more profound clarity for our readers and open their eyes to our point of view.  They can elevate our writing to soaring heights or anchor our words along with Prometheus. Nothing delights writers like a metaphorContinue reading “The Writing Metaphor”