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”

All of The Writing That Isn’t Writing

By David E Sharp Originally posted October 31, 2019 It’s the end of October, and my latest writing endeavors have had nothing to do with novels, short stories, poetry, or any of the other usual suspects. Instead, it is a murder mystery game based loosely on the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

Fly, Fly My Pretties

By JC Lynne Originally posted October 24, 2019 If you haven’t noticed, we’ve got a theme going. I know, show don’t tell, but lately, that hasn’t worked well for me. Some of you are absolutely thrilled with the change of seasons, not me.  Oh sure, I love Halloween. I mean, who doesn’t love costumes andContinue reading “Fly, Fly My Pretties”

Our Perceptions: In Writing, As Readers, And in Life

By Eleanor Shelton Originally posted October 9, 2019 Do you remember a year or more ago when a dress that some said was blue and black others said was white and gold? Or how about those tennis shoes that looked pink to some and grey to others? It’s kind of freaky if you think aboutContinue reading “Our Perceptions: In Writing, As Readers, And in Life”