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Weekend Assignment: Do the Monster Mashup

Hello writers! In honor of Halloween this weekend, it only seems appropriate that the assignment should have something of a hint of mad science about it. Enter: the mashup. You’ve seen them — odd new hybrids that occur when two creative projects get smooshed up together with entertaining results. They got there start when some […]

Writing Monsterpieces

Things like this post from Brian Clark over at Copyblogger.com make me grin. 10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer. With National Novel Writing Month just around the corner, I’m reminding myself that all writing is good writing. Will the words I churn out for NaNo be masterpieces? Um… No. I will settle for coherent […]

The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: A Review & Giveaway

Good nonfiction books give you information. Great ones give you ideas. After reading The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, I have to say it falls nicely into the latter category. My ARC looks like a porcupine with the all the page flags that are sticking out […]

The NaNo Plan – Ready, Set, Write!

It’s official. We are in the final countdown week before NaNoWriMo. At this time of year, writers in the blogosphere are churning out lots of how-to and tip articles about NaNo. Rather than reinvent the wheel, and because I am trying to complete a book under deadline before NaNo starts, I’m putting together a round-up […]

Weekend Assignment: Wake Up Your Brain

The brain is a beautiful thing. It wakes up with you in the morning and goes to sleep as soon as you go to work. ~Robert Frost Welcome to another weekend. The month is rapidly drawing to a close, and I still don’t have my outline done for NaNoWriMo. I think that will change over […]

The Handy Dandy Notebook

One of the most common questions heard by writers is “Where do you get your ideas?”  I personally subscribe to the notion put forth by Terry Pratchett in one of his humorous Discworld novels. His theory is that ideas sleet through the universe and land in unsuspecting brains. In fact, it’s possible that this sleet […]

Weekend Assignment: Inner Expert

    Hello writers! Welcome to another weekend and another excuse to write something just for you. Last weekend, I held two nine-week-old Bengal tiger cubs, one at a time, and had my picture taken. I got my thumb bitten (ouch), listened to them make “rowr” noises (too cute!), and let them paw and scratch […]

NaNoWriWHAT?

  NaNoWriMo 2010 approaches and, for the first time ever, I am signed up for it. I blame Hyde. I figure I might as well, since I believe most of my writing posse is going to blame ME. Pass the buck is the name of the game here. For those of you not in the […]

Freelance Writing and the Gift of Gab

As a writer, you need to ask yourself this question. How many people do I talk to each day? Think about the answer. Do you talk to people at a day job? Those you encounter at the market? At the gym? All of those people represent opportunities. This weekend, I attended the local fall festival. […]

Weekend Assignment: The Writer’s Apprentice

    Imitation may or may not be the sincerest form of flattery, but many writers have gotten their starts by imitating authors they admire. To illustrate my point, think about this.  How many poetic imitations of Poe’s The Raven or Moore’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas have you read over the years? Granted, they […]