February 16th, 2015

Desperately Seeking Writing Support?

Densie Webb

I recently read a blog post titled something to the effect “You Don’t Need Support to Write.” I couldn’t disagree more. Writing in a vacuum, without someone to give you honest feedback, occasionally shake their pompoms in your face or send you emails with lots of exclamation points congratulating you on your […]

July 17th, 2013

10 Power Tips for Building a Great Critique Group

Photo by Lisa L. Wiedmeier, WANA Commons

by Jenny Hansen

My day job as a software trainer is about building the skills of my co-workers so they can do productive work. And you know what I noticed several years back?

There’s TONS of similarity between my training life and my writing life.

Case in […]

March 1st, 2013

Brainstorming: Tips For Getting More Out Of “What if…”

By Sharla Rae

Some writers brainstorm on their own, some do it with another writer or a group of writers. My personal favorite is ‘what-ifing’ with my critique group. Along the way I learned a few things. I think the biggest lesson was that if I walked away disappointed, it was probably my own fault.


December 17th, 2012

Beta Readers – Why You Want Them, Why You Need Them

Beta readers bumped my manuscript from okay to publishable. What did these beta readers do? […]

June 27th, 2012

Juggling Chainsaws – Writing Two Books at the Same Time

By Laura Drake

This is so not something I would ever do.

I’m a pantster, and a linear writer to boot. I’m organized – anally so. I want to steep in my book, live it, snuggle up and get close to it. I can’t even talk and carry coffee at the same time.

Why […]