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”

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”

NaNoWriMo: The Good, Bad, And Ugly

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”

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”