• Craft,  Motivation,  Uncategorized

    Take 5 Friday: Work Like A (Real) Dog

    As a writer, you know that inspiration can come from anywhere. And, I’m sure you know that you can borrow skills, ideas, and methods from all kinds of different sources. Today, just for fun on this first Friday in September, I have some writerly advice for you from my dog. Since she refused to be interviewed, I just observed her and thought about how her approach to the world applies to writing. So, here’s some advice to help you work like a dog. (A real dog, not one of those metaphorical ones that the expression refers to.) Be curious and then follow the scent When we go outside, Khalee likes…

  • Craft,  Creativity,  Writing Prompt

    Apples to Apples to Words: Weekly Writing Challenge

    Since it’s the weekend, we want you to have a little fun with your writing* so we’re bringing back the Apples to Apples Challenge!  This is *not* a contest, we’re just playing with words today, but here are the rules:  Incorporate the words in large text from the cards below into a short piece of writing – 250 words or less – and post it in the comments for us all to enjoy.  Please keep it family friendly! We want to show off your well-crafted work but we can’t keep it on our site if it goes against our family-friendly policy. You can explore dark topics but you have to…

  • Genre

    Details Make the Story-Genre Specific Research

    The story’s magic is in the details, and details come from good research. It may seem like common sense that a writer should and must do research for any story containing experiences or places the author has not experienced. However, it can be a step that is sometimes skipped in favor of just getting the story written. No matter what genre you are writing, this is a mistake. When I first started writing, I was straight up romance all the time. In that vein, my shelves were lined with romance novels not only because I loved to read them, but also as research for what I was writing. The novels…

  • Comedy,  Craft,  Inspiration

    Six Big Reasons No One Is Laughing At Your Comedy

    Is this thing on? Why aren’t readers laughing? Why isn’t your comedy working? You get a ton of likes and LOLs on your Facebook posts. Your tweets have been re-tweeted dozens of times. People are always picking themselves up off the floor when they are with you, but when it comes to writing comedy, you may only hear crickets. Six Big Reasons Why No One Is Laughing At Your Humorous Writing 1. You may not understand the nature of comedy. This sounds absurd in a way, who studies comedy? We’ve all laughed, we’ve all told jokes, we’ve all repeated anecdotes and received various forms of happy feedback. And even an…

  • Creativity

    Bad Day for Words? Easing the Struggle to Write — a Guest Post by Christine Hennebury

    I have over 20,000 people who follow me on Twitter. That means that potentially that many can read about what I ate for lunch (or more important stuff if I choose to tell them!)  I have nearly 400 friends on Facebook from all over the world. That means that potentially every story, heartbreak, and bad day can be told to them pretty quickly. Then I lead a group of writers on Facebook of over 1700 people worldwide and I am not shy about telling them about my struggles and victories. It’s from these groups that I have found some of dearest people in the world. My guest writer is Christine…

  • #Top10Tuesday

    #Top10Tuesday Writing On The Go! A Guest Post by Jessica White

    As we head into summer, many of us are going to get outdoors more, take vacations, and spend more time away from our desks and thus our computers. But as writers this often proves problematic since we still have deadlines and our brains rarely shut off just because it isn’t convenient to write. But have no fear, here are ten ways you can keep writing even when you are away from home. 1. These days, almost everyone has a cellphone.  We keep them within hands reach almost every waking hour. When writing on the go they are a great tool.  Standing in line with three carts in front of you…

  • Craft,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  Time Management

    The Routines and Research of a 10-Minute Novelist by Guest Blogger Carre Gardner

    Today was a writing day. Not every day is, I’ll confess. I know this is bad writerly practice. All the best authors say you ought to, must sit down at the same time every morning, and not get up until you’ve produced 500, 1,000, 1,500 words. I would so love to have that kind of life. But I am a 10-minute Novelist. And between 12-hour shifts at the hospital, a house with 4 stories of living space to keep clean-ish, 3 teenagers, 2 needy dogs, and 1 husband—all of whom expect to eat actual food on a regular basis—I can’t always carve out time to sit down and write 1,000…