IT’S NOT JUST A HAIRCUT I NEED.

By JC Lynne Originally posted May 21, 2020 Day seventy-four, and there is still no hand sanitizer to be found. And don’t get me started on the yeast shortage. Okay, that sounded worse than it should have. Where are the jalapeños? Why isn’t there any Monterey Jack cheese? What is the attraction these gabachos haveContinue reading “IT’S NOT JUST A HAIRCUT I NEED.”

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!”

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 Write What We Write: Or Surviving Schmaltzy Holiday Movies

By Eleanor Shelton Originally posted January 2, 2020 It’s a new year. I’m trying to get excited about it. Just as I was trying to get into the spirit of the season, including gift-giving, house decorating, quality time with friends and family, overeating, celebrating, and planning for the year to come. NaNoWriMo is over. InspirationContinue reading “We Write What We Write: Or Surviving Schmaltzy Holiday Movies”

Writing The Definitive Holiday Classic

By David E Sharp Originally posted December 5, 2019 Another Thanksgiving is behind us, and the season for tinsel, sleigh bells, and more overeating is upon us. For many of us, it is also the time to revisit holiday specials. Spool up those annual classics that we can recite by rote at any given moment.Continue reading “Writing The Definitive Holiday Classic”

NaNoWriMo: The Good, Bad, And Ugly

By Eleanor Shelton Originally posted November 7, 2019 We’re seven days into November, and for many writers, that means they are doggedly working National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  In case you are one of those intrepid sprinters who have committed to producing at least 50,000 words by the end of the month, this isn’t a blogContinue reading “NaNoWriMo: The Good, Bad, And Ugly”

Embracing Change

By Laura Mahal Originally posted October 3, 2019 The 2019 NCW anthology—Rise!—was recently released. Within its covers, readers will find pieces of incredible depth and beauty, with themes of resilience, adaptation, and the relationships that bring us grief, joy, and wisdom. Change is an ever-present force in our lives. Whether we rage against it orContinue reading “Embracing Change”

Getting The Juices Flowing

By David E. Sharp Originally posted September 26, 2019 Writers have an endless list of strategies for jogging their creativity and stretching their imaginations. Writing prompts, character development exercises, free-flow sessions, and the like are all great. But I also like to step away from the desk and sharpen my creative skills in another way.

Warming Up

By Ronda Simmons Originally posted September 19, 2019 Professional football players warm-up before every game or practice. So do rock climbers, Little Leaguers, dancers and anyone else whose work or art is physical. Increasing heart rates improves your circulation. Stronger blood flow delivers more oxygen to the brain and body and gets the fluids movingContinue reading “Warming Up”

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”