by Rachelle M. N. Shaw There are tons of writing blogs and articles out there that offer advice on showing vs. telling. But why is that? Why is showing so important that it automatically trumps telling? Is it ever okay to use telling? The secret is actually in the combination of the two. When you … Continue reading How to Use Showing vs. Telling Effectively
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
“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?
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
(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
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
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
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
The Rules: Write a drabble. A drabble is a 100-word story, with beginning, middle and end. A drabble can be any genre. Make it exactly 100 words. You can do it. That’s what adjectives and adverbs are for. Include each of the three Apples To Apples cards in the photo. All three. Not two. Not … Continue reading Weekly Drabble Contest! Apples To Apples Cards!
I love encouraging authors. I’m not crazy about talking to unrealistic ones. It’s easy to encourage authors who are humble, teachable and willing to work hard. It’s much difficult to encourage an aspiring writer who is unrealistic about their talent, the work demands and the industry of writing. Are you an unrealistic writer? Have … Continue reading Signs You May Be An Unrealistic Writer