Writing Challenges-Beasts, Burdens or Blessings?

Writing Challenges-Beasts, Burdens or Blessings?

Do you participate in them? You know— NaNoWriMo PAD The Writing Cooperative: The 52-Week Writing Challenge Young Writer’s Project Challenges 100-Day Novel Writing Challenge Book It! Monthly Twitter Writing Challenge Found Poetry Challenges. Short Story Challenges....
How Writing Poetry Enriches Prose

How Writing Poetry Enriches Prose

I once heard a fiction writer quip, “Are poets really writers?” I imagine she had never tried her hand at crafting a sestina or sonnet. It’s not as easy as she might think. Several weeks ago, I was featured in Writer’s Digest’s Poetic...
Pitch Wars PimpMyBio

Pitch Wars PimpMyBio

Yesterday, my husband leaned over my laptop and saw the above graphic and asked me, “So, are you hot tarring a roof?” It took me a sec to figure out the pun and to set him straight. Pitch Wars is not a black-sticky-goop-tossing competition. It’s an...
America’s First Feminist Literary Warrior

America’s First Feminist Literary Warrior

A pithy history lesson History books (and the internet) would have you believe that America’s first feminists were women in the 1800s. Women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott. I beg to differ. My vote goes to Anne Bradstreet (March 20,...
Pondering the Yearly Planner

Pondering the Yearly Planner

This happens to me every year at this time. I waffle through a bazillion organizers, planners, and systems in hopes I’ll discover THE ONE for me. THE ONE I’ll commit to in good times and bad. THE ONE that will keep me from stumbling through the next year....
Fix those Fatal Flaws

Fix those Fatal Flaws

A Review of 5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing It’s no secret that writers love to read about writing and editors love to write about writing.  So when I was offered to review 5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing, I jumped at the...
Turn on the Faucet

Turn on the Faucet

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”  Louis L’Amour Everyone loves a good metaphor. L’Amour compares writing discipline to a kitchen faucet and poignantly drives his metaphor home. My family once lived in...
What are you Reading?

What are you Reading?

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. P. J. O Rourke So, what are you reading? People who love to read love to surround themselves with books because books are, after all, our friends. And generally, we love our friends....