We Like to Do A Little Digging

By Ronda Simmons So, you’ve written your first draft, and it’s okay. It’s a compelling story, your plot is on point. You’ve paid attention to structure, character development, grammar, and spelling. But when you read it, you know there’s something off. The characters feel flat, the dialog is emotionally dull. Something is missing.

Writers Show Resilience in The Face of The Pandemic

By Eleanor Shelton We already know that writers are a brave lot. We allow complete strangers to read our creations and pass judgment on our suitability to be counted as part of this noble profession. We bare our souls to complete strangers while trying to protect the essence of our beings. Even soldiers wear bulletproofContinue reading “Writers Show Resilience in The Face of The Pandemic”

Stepping Lightly Between The Shoe Drops

By Miranda Birt We’re more than halfway through this year and man, what a ride. I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop, but let’s be honest—2020 just *bleeping* chucked a Payless off a cliff. While we’ve all been ducking boat shoes and dodging stilettos (some more successfully than others), it’s got me thinking aboutContinue reading “Stepping Lightly Between The Shoe Drops”

Professor Malevolent’s School For Fictional Villainy

By David E. Sharp Every Batman needs his Joker, every Cinderella needs her wicked stepmother, and every tortoise track-and-field athlete needs an obnoxious hare. Your hero is only as good as your villain. But it’s easy to get villains wrong. That’s why I have asked the advice of notable villain and nefarious schemer, Professor Malevolent.Continue reading “Professor Malevolent’s School For Fictional Villainy”

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”