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 for Family

By Brian Kaufman Originally posted December 20, 2019 Writing for family is slightly different than writing about family. Writing about family may involve dysfunction. And that is a tricky matter, requiring honesty, compassion, and a thick skin. As well as a willingness to be abjured. I’m talking about telling the sort of stories that are recalled at family gatherings.Continue reading “Writing for Family”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Tropes Nopes

By Ronda Simmons Originally posted August 21, 2019 A trope, according to Miriam-Webster, is “a common or overused theme or device.” In movies and literature, examples include: · the ugly duckling turns into a beauty queen · the commoner inherits the crown · the dead bad guy isn’t dead after all · the race toContinue reading “Tropes Nopes”