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”
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.
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”
By Ronda Simmons Originally posted October 16, 2019 It’s autumn when we witness the return of Ugg boots, infinity scarves, and pumpkin spice lattes. There is something about the change of seasons, especially when summer gives way to fall, which gives my writing a kick-start. In the summer, it’s easy to justify not writing. It’sContinue reading “Cha Cha Cha Changes”
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”
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.
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”
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”
By David E. Sharp Originally posted August 29, 2019 Yes. Yes, you should. I’ve worked in libraries and bookstores for about two decades. I have seen that, from a reader perspective, we are a novel-centric culture. I’m not sure if people feel that short stories are beneath them or simply forget about them as aContinue reading “Should You Be Taking The Shortcut?”
By JC Lynne originally posted July 26, 2019 It’s that time of year. Temperatures are up, so perhaps are tempers. Motivation is low, so is our energy. Some of us are traveling or just getting out of doors but it’s a truism of being a writer, we must read books. A lot of them. YouContinue reading “Summer Reading Lists: We’re Supposed to Be Reading”