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”

Cha Cha Cha Changes

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”

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”

Getting The Juices Flowing

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.

Holy Sites of Information

By Eleanor Shelton Originally posted September 5, 2019 When I was a kid, I jumped at the chance to accompany my younger sister into the library in the small town where our grandparents own a summer cottage. To her, libraries were a place where the next adventure waited, another era came to life, or moreContinue reading “Holy Sites of Information”

Should You Be Taking The Shortcut?

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?”

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”

Reminiscing Bettyville

By Eleanor Shelton Originally posted August 7, 2019 June of 2016 I was accepted into a novel editing workshop in the Aspen Summer Words Conference. The faculty member for my workshop was George Hodgman, a former editor at Houghton Mifflin, Simon & Schuster, and Vanity Fair. He had recently published his award-winning memoir Bettyville.  When IContinue reading “Reminiscing Bettyville”

Summer Reading Lists: We’re Supposed to Be Reading

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”