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”

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”

Helping Characters Find Their Voice

BY DAVID E. SHARP Originally posted January 30, 2020 Character voices are one of a writer’s greatest tools when trying to create lively and interesting characters. While an author’s voice is about individual style of writing, characterization is the arrangement of a variety of trappings. These effects not only help distinguish a character’s voice fromContinue reading “Helping Characters Find Their Voice”

MIXING A LITTLE GENRE COCKTAIL: GOOD FOR WHAT AILS YOU

By Miranda Birt Originally posted January 22, 2020 Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw itContinue reading “MIXING A LITTLE GENRE COCKTAIL: GOOD FOR WHAT AILS YOU”

In Defense of Unmarketable Art

By Brian Kaufman Originally posted January 9, 2020 Happy New Year. If you make resolutions, you probably have a writing goal. It’s officially deep enough into January for you to question that goal. You may even be wondering whether or not you should write. Years ago, I took a Bob Ross painting class, having beenContinue reading “In Defense of Unmarketable Art”

Agent Claus Is Coming to Town

By Ronda Simmons Originally posted December 27, 2019 My December blog post tradition of re-writing a holiday classic from a writer’s perspective was a no-brainer this year. Deepest thanks to Angie Hodapp of Nelson Literary for inspiring this reimagining. And apologies to Mr. Haven Gillespie who wrote the original.  Agent Claus is Coming to Town    Forget cookiesContinue reading “Agent Claus Is Coming to Town”

Working Up The Courage

By Laura Mahal Originally posted December 11 , 2019 For many of us, reading in public can trigger a case of the nerves. Our hands shake, our voice wavers, and we may not be able to make eye contact with the audience. But when we hear that applause or finger snaps of approval, we knowContinue reading “Working Up The Courage”

Everyone Needs A Writing Partner

By Brian Kaufman Originally posted November 21, 2019 Writing is a solitary endeavor. That simple truth comes with attending problems. Writing in a vacuum, glued to your story, it’s hard to maintain professional balance. I recommend writing groups, one of which has been instrumental in any publishing success I’ve had. But the benefits of aContinue reading “Everyone Needs A Writing Partner”