December 21st, 2016

What Lights a Fire Under You?

Jamie Raintree

The holidays are a time for slowing down and reflecting on the past year. They’re also a time for thinking about the year to come. Whether or not you set resolutions, no doubt you’ve got ideas about what you’d like to accomplish in 2017 and the bad habits you want to leave behind […]

December 19th, 2016

Believe in Your Work – It’s More Important Than You Think

James Preston

“I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

We’ll come back to that in a minute.

Story is important. What we do is important. My guess is you believe that or you wouldn’t be reading this blog. I had that knowledge driven home one year on vacation.

Welcome to another installment of […]

November 16th, 2016

Where the stories come from

Kimberly Brock

Lightning Collectors

There are these questions I get a lot as a writer.

“What do you write?”

 “Do you actually make any money at this?”

“How do you have the time?”

Blah. I don’t mind answering any of these questions, but honestly, they bore me. They’re so obvious. So unoriginal. These questions are […]

October 5th, 2016

How I Edited 1200 Pages in 12 Weeks

First, I am not crazy. Well, not that way.

I’ve finished four manuscripts; all have finaled or won in several contests. I’ve sent out a dozen queries, maybe more, thanks to Laura Drake. The two books I thought were most salable, have been requested and sent to a handful of agents and editors in […]

September 7th, 2016

Fortune Cookies and Seven Ways to Use Them in Your Writing

Today’s your lucky day!

I love fortune cookies. From cracking them open, to pulling out the slip of paper, to reading the fortune, to eating the sweet crunchy thing—I love everything about them. I always smile when I find saved fortunes (a recent “found” cache led to this post) whenever I go through an […]