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”

We Are GODS: World Building

By Ronda Simmons originally published July 16, 2019 Never one to pass up a bargain, I recently attended a free class taught by Trai Cartwright at the Old Town Library on World Building. I don’t write science fiction or fantasy, but since Trai was teaching, I decided to go because a) Trai is hilarious, b) she’s alsoContinue reading “We Are GODS: World Building”

The Writing Metaphor

By JC Lynne Originally posted July 2019 Metaphors are a writer’s tool of the trade. We try to create more profound clarity for our readers and open their eyes to our point of view.  They can elevate our writing to soaring heights or anchor our words along with Prometheus. Nothing delights writers like a metaphorContinue reading “The Writing Metaphor”

Writers Are Passionate People

By David E. Sharp Originally posted July 2019 While I try to avoid generalized statements, I believe there is a strong case for this one. Who else would put themselves through the agony of word counts, shitty first drafts, killing your darlings, receiving criticism with a smile and a thank you and stacks upon stacksContinue reading “Writers Are Passionate People”

The Art of Persistence: Or How to Love The Re-write

By Ronda Simmons Originally Posted June 2019 I have a virtual sticky note on the monitor in my office. It’s a quote from Stephen King: Talent is a wonderful thing, but it won’t carry a quitter. More than anything lately, it’s what keeps me writing. I recently sent off my latest screenplay for a professionalContinue reading “The Art of Persistence: Or How to Love The Re-write”