Great Advice for Writers of Short Stories

By Rebecca Dempsey After more than a decade of writing short stories, here is what I have learned.  Write.  Read short stories. Read across genres, authors, places and times. I recommend Jorge Luis Borges, Arthur Conan Doyle, Carmel Bird, Ambrose Bierce, Etgar Keret, Tim Winton, DH Lawrence and Flannery O’Connor etc. The shorter the work … Continue reading Great Advice for Writers of Short Stories

8 Ways to Balance Your Writing Life With Little Kids Around

Is it possible to be a productive writer with little kids in the house? I started asking myself this question about three years ago when my perfectly organized and time structured writing life disintegrated with the (very welcome) arrival of my daughter. It took me almost 2 years and a lot of trial and error … Continue reading 8 Ways to Balance Your Writing Life With Little Kids Around

What’s Luck Got To Do With It?

“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson When it comes to our writing careers, does luck have anything to do with our success?   Sometimes our mental images are filled with gold-filled pots accompanied by rainbows. Luck often references leprechauns and shamrocks. And this writer, whose birthday … Continue reading What’s Luck Got To Do With It?

Dealing With Repetitive Strain Injuries As a Writer

By Dianna Gunn When Katherine told me that she was looking for guest posts about productivity for writers, I knew right away what I wanted to talk about: repetitive strain injuries (RSIs). This includes the infamous carpal tunnel, but it also encompasses a range of other injuries caused by uncomfortable and repetitive motions. You can … Continue reading Dealing With Repetitive Strain Injuries As a Writer

What To Do When the Timer Dings? A New Practical Guide

What do you do when the timer dings? Here’s help for 10 Minute Novelists everywhere! If there is a sequel to Write A Novel in Ten Minutes A Day, this is it!   If you write (or paint, or read, or crochet, or watch television) in 10-minute increments, then you know what will happen. The … Continue reading What To Do When the Timer Dings? A New Practical Guide

How To Develop Your Writing Voice

(Author’s Note: For June, July & August, this blog will be posting on Mondays & Thursdays only!) A writer’s voice is a complex, hard-to-describe thing. I think it could be compared to a rich cheese, a well-crafted symphony or a good wine. The complexities of each of these come from a variety of sources — … Continue reading How To Develop Your Writing Voice

Life Lessons Gleaned from Novel Writing

By Carolyn Astfalk After I’d given birth to my first child, I vowed I’d never allow any task or experience to intimidate me again. After all, despite my worries and fears, I’d just delivered a little human being, sans medication no less. If I could do that, I could accomplish anything. But time has a … Continue reading Life Lessons Gleaned from Novel Writing

Filling Up That Uninspired Empty Feeling

  Feeling empty as an artist? When people say that you need to fill up, they are tapping into a well-loved metaphor about the artist. The artist, we’re going to assume, has a lot to say. They have emotions and connections, stories and accounts, worldviews and interpretations,  images and sentences. An artist pours out their … Continue reading Filling Up That Uninspired Empty Feeling

More Questions To Ask After That First Draft Is Done

Your first draft is done! And trust me when I say this, it is not ready to be published!  How do you know this? No one writes a perfect first draft. You don’t either. Before you let your mom, your best buddy or the pizza guy read this draft, make sure it’s the best you can … Continue reading More Questions To Ask After That First Draft Is Done