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”

Writers Are Passionate People

By David E. Sharp Originally posted July 2019 While I try to avoid generalized statements, I believe there is a strong case for this one. Who else would put themselves through the agony of word counts, shitty first drafts, killing your darlings, receiving criticism with a smile and a thank you and stacks upon stacksContinue reading “Writers Are Passionate People”

The Art of Persistence: Or How to Love The Re-write

By Ronda Simmons Originally Posted June 2019 I have a virtual sticky note on the monitor in my office. It’s a quote from Stephen King: Talent is a wonderful thing, but it won’t carry a quitter. More than anything lately, it’s what keeps me writing. I recently sent off my latest screenplay for a professionalContinue reading “The Art of Persistence: Or How to Love The Re-write”

Dare to Discover

By Laura Mahal Originally posted June 2019 Summer is the time to explore new places, correct?  If you are like me, children’s sports schedules usually dictate where our family goes on vacation. Though there was the one time that I had a piece accepted by an anthology based in Ireland, and I simply had toContinue reading “Dare to Discover”

Start Simple

By Brian Kaufman Originally posted May 2019 Back in the 70s, I played guitar in a couple metal bands. I had fun, but I wasn’t any good. These days, I’m trying to teach myself to play blues guitar again (a goal that aligns with my latest writing project). The 45-year layoff taught me two things.Continue reading “Start Simple”

Regarding Writing Residencies

By Jack Matthews What if you had almost a month of undistracted writing time? With a private studio. Physically isolated from family and friends. Limited internet access—nearly off the grid except for stimulating conversations over dinner with artists from all over the country, or even the world. Room, board, and studio provided free of charge.Continue reading “Regarding Writing Residencies”

What’s in Your Wallet? How Are You Defining Your Work?

By Ronda Simmons We humans like to categorize things: friend or foe, sweet or sour, paper or plastic. When it comes to literature, a book has got to fit into a niche. Not only does it help the library or bookstore know where to shelve the piece, but it also helps the reader, who wantsContinue reading “What’s in Your Wallet? How Are You Defining Your Work?”