Abuse is destructive. It does nothing toward inspiring creativity, motivating us toward goals, or becoming better human beings. And yet we go on, day after day, indulging ourselves in this litany of hateful commentary towards our selves. It’s time to stop it, people. We’ve gone on long enough. Read More
By Mark Stevens
(This blog is a note to self. Thanks for letting me share.)
I recently read a New Yorker profile of the writer Lydia Davis and I felt as if I’d entered a very calm, clear space. Read More
By D A Gordon
During the last twelve months I have edited, critiqued and judged a bunch of stories. This is partly due to the fact that I belong to five writing groups and I’m a contest judge. Read More
By Kerry Schafer
Finish the damn book.
I know you’ve heard this before. You’ve heard it from writers far more well known than I am, people like Neil Gaiman and Stephen King. There’s even a Finish the Damn Book Contest out there you can enter, if you need that kind of encouragement. Read More
By J.A. Kazimer
My name is Julie and I’m an author.
You know I’m telling the truth, because it says so right there on that book —>
Anyway, people are always asking questions. The big one is “Would you like fries with that?” but sometimes the questions relate to being an author. Read More
By Warren Hammond
Why do you read fiction?
You might say compelling characters. Or high-stakes drama. Maybe you love the plot twists you didn’t see coming. Read More
by Katriena Knights
Sex sells. We all know this. Not everybody wants to leap off the edge right into steamy erotica or even romance, and that’s fine—it’s not for everybody. Read More
By Sean Curley
One of the things writers ask me is how I know when a manuscript is done? The answer isn’t as easy as you might think. It can be incredibly difficult to just complete a novel. When you are done, however, you aren’t really done. Read More
by Kerry Schafer
Last month I shared some of my thoughts about intentions, suggesting that it’s a good idea to have some and see where they take you. And then I tacked a little afterthought on the end, saying how next time we’d talk about Action Plans. Read More
By Beth Groundwater
I’ve taught a number of workshops at many different writing conference, library programs, and to writing groups, and one of my favorites is “Engineering a Mystery. Read More