Can you write a 100-Word Story? Can you add in these three words? Every week on this website, we offer budding writers a chance to get really creative. Before the weekend is up, submit your entry! You never know what kind of feedback you’ll get! The Rules: Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100-word … Continue reading Apples to Apples Drabble Contest for May 26, 2017
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
I have a bucket list for my kids this summer. Among other things, we’re going to make homemade ice cream, go to Vacation Bible School, go to the library regularly and swim in Grammy’s pool at every opportunity. My bucket list for my life includes spending a month in England, reading 100 books a year, … Continue reading Summer Bucket Lists For Writers
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
Can you write a 100-Word Story? Can you add in these three words? Every week on this website, we offer budding writers a chance to get really creative. Before the weekend is up, submit your entry! You never know what kind of feedback you’ll get! The Rules: Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100-word … Continue reading Weekly Drabble Contest for May 19! Submit Yours!
By Pam Humphrey Do you need a gift idea for the writer in your life? Do you have a writer in your house, your life, or on your street that you want to surprise with that perfect something? I asked writers all over the interwebs what they wanted, and I received fabulous feedback. Here is … Continue reading Gift Ideas For The Writer In Your Life
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
Not sure how to develop a character? Start with the archetype. What is an archetype? An archetype is a stock character that often shows up in common stories. The helpless princess, for example, is an archetype. So is the prince that rescues her, the old fragile king who sent him on a mission and the … Continue reading Using An Archetype To Make Your Character Richer
What to read? I’m at the library, looking for something to check out and I see a row of similar-looking spines, books all by the same author, some with numbers on them. It’s a little army of series fiction! (And almost always one of those numbers is missing!) I have an irrational insecurity around serial … Continue reading Five Reasons Why I Would Write Series Fiction (And One Reason I Wouldn’t)
Can you write a 100-Word Story? Can you add in these three words? Every week on this website, we offer budding writers a chance to get really creative. Before the weekend is up, submit your entry! You never know what kind of feedback you’ll get! The Rules: Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100-word … Continue reading Submit to the weekly Apples to Apples Drabble Contest!
By Bethany Perry There’s so much advice out there about writing. A lot of it is obvious. For instance, I read an article yesterday that suggested two things about how to write. One, sit down (optional). Two, write. Yes, two is required. Thinking about writing is not writing. Reading advice columns like this one is … Continue reading Five Steps To Building A Regular Writing Routine
I love my readers! They say such nice things about me, like: “Grubb thinks big. And it comes across in her novels. They’re packed with action and romance and great dialogue. But she never compromises. There’s a moral line she doesn’t cross…but they aren’t stuffy or stilted in any way.” Or, “Entertaining and made the … Continue reading 6 Must-Haves For Nurturing Relationships With Readers
One way to grow as a writer is to attend a writers conference! Now, I’m not a writers conference junkie, but I’d like to be. I know enough about them to understand that if you are in a climate controlled hotel ballroom, surrounded by writers from all over the world, with speakers and experts … Continue reading 12 Reasons You Should Go To a Writers Conference
You’ve finished your first draft! You are so, so, so proud. This is an accomplishment worth celebrating! And in the midst of your hard work, you’ve fought all kinds of self-doubt and torment. The quoted author was right, you really did just open a vein and bleed. But you’re not done. Please, for the love … Continue reading Twelve Questions To Ask Yourself After That First Draft Is Done