If you’re an unpublished writer and you’re not on Twitter, open an account immediately! Twitter is an incredible resource for connecting writers with other writers, agents, editors, and potential fans — and for learning about writing contests, industry tips, professional etiquette, and giveaways. Once you’re on Twitter, make yourself familiar with the plethora of author … More Twitter, a Writer’s BFF
Smart articles you should read if you’re a writer looking to get published: The Reverse Outline by Deborah Kevin This article in the Little Patuxent Review, a journal of literature and the arts, discusses a technique called the reverse outline. Grab a novel (or your completed draft) and get ready to learn! The Art of … More Enrich your Craft — Stay in the Know
The stretch of time between Halloween and New Year’s is usually jammed packed with places to go and things to do. Make sure you dedicate some time for books — whether it’s reading, writing, or both. Here are some ideas for infusing writing time into your holiday time: New Moon Girls has a brilliant post: … More Writers! Stay Creative and Connected during the Holiday Madness
There is often much talk — for good reason — about the opening lines in novels. After all, a good first line can hook a reader and immediately pull them into your story. The writer’s job, of course, is to keep the story interesting, so the reader stays invested long after the first page. Beyond … More What to Say in the End — Last Lines can Speak Volumes
**Update: I was not selected as a mentee this year…competition was fierce… but I learned so much! The mentors gave me great feedback/suggestions and it was a worthwhile contest to enter.** A few weeks ago I posted about upcoming writing contests. Since then, I decided to dive right in and take my own advice by … More My Pitch Wars Journey — so far!
Organization — it can be a woeful topic for writers, but when we get it right (meaning right for each of us in a personal way) it can be a beautiful thing — and spark a lot of creativity. There are two types of organization on my writing mind today: 1) Writing Space (my desk): … More Writing Spaces & Mapping Ideas
Like stretching your muscles before a work-out, writing prompts are a great way to get warmed up before writing. Even writing a sentence or two — about something unrelated to your work-in-progress — can lead to fresh ideas and inspiration. Or maybe veering off course and writing more detail about a secondary character — let’s … More Exercise your Writing Muscle
Do you have a finished novel manuscript? In between sending out queries (and biting your nails), consider entering a pitch contest. Agents and editors frequently find new talent through these contests and they are a good way for new writers to get their pitches to the so-called top of the pile. Here are few pitch … More Pitch It!
Inspiration…where does it come from? Does it live in a magical forest? Maybe. If you’re a writer like me, you know that inspiration can come from anywhere at any time. I love the little jolt of adrenaline that comes with a new idea, like the promise of a great character or storyline. Reading is a … More Pixie Dust not included