July 12th, 2017

Achieving Writing Life Balance — A Story of Balls

During those weeks when you’re juggling a lot of commitments, especially for writing parents whose kids are out of school, writing-life balance is freaking hard to achieve.

I got some perspective from a very unexpected source recently. I got my epiphany at work.

One of my day job hats is adult education with […]

July 7th, 2017

What Do You Want Readers to Wonder About?

By Janice Hardy

I’m working on a new novel, so I’ve been deep in the brainstorming and planning. In an effort to boost my productivity, I did something a little differently this time that could benefit other writers. I’ve added an extra “story clarification” line to my template. It’s a way to remind myself […]

July 5th, 2017

Using Memories of Summers Past for This Summer’s Writing

Who doesn’t have fond memories of childhood summers? Sure, you may remember that time you got a blistering sunburn, but I bet you had fun getting it. 

I’m coming down to the last edits for my debut book. And I’m digging deep to make my characters memorable. I’ve discovered myself thinking a lot about the […]

June 30th, 2017

The Not-So-Funny Truth about Writing Humor

Susan Donovan

Do you think I’m sexy?

        No, this is not Susan

Well? Do you? This is not some rhetorical Rod Stewart question. I’m totally serious.

Do you think I’m sexy?

Perhaps not. So let’s move on to the next question.

June 28th, 2017

Take Your Work-In-Progress to Camp!

Jamie Raintree

Chances are, if you’ve spent any amount of time around other writers, you’ve heard of National Novel Writing Month, an online writing event that attracts hundreds of thousands of writers from all over the world each year. The event takes place in November and each participant pledges to write 50,000 words of […]