Archive | September 2011

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Weekend Assignment: No Place Like Home

Welcome back! This month, my hometown has a festival known as Harvest Homecoming. It’s one of those street fairs where you can sample local foods, listen to local music, buy handmade crafts from local artists… you get the idea. It’s all about “home.” As the festival’s name implies, it is a time when folks make […]

The Writing Bookshelf

I’m getting ready to add a new page here at Brainstorms & Bylines. In the coming weeks, look for the Bookshelf page to appear. I plan to include some of my favorite books for writers, along with YOUR favorites as well. Here are three of my top picks: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing […]

Writerese: Hanging a Lantern on It

In the land of writers and screenwriters, if someone talks about hanging a lantern on something they mean deliberately pointing out a logic flaw in the story to keep it from interfering with credibility. For example, a sci-fi show I occasionally watch has a character notorious for leading the main characters into certain death, often […]

Weekend Assignment: Soundtrack

This weekend I’m thinking, as I often am, about music and the impact it has on my writing. Maybe it’s because I grew up watching so many films as a kid, or because my parents were of a musical persuasion and always had something playing in the background, that my entire life seems to have […]

Writer’s Digest Genre Competitions

Do you write genre fiction? If so, this contest is for you. Writer’s Digest Magazine is hosting its annual genre writing competitions. Choose to submit Sci-Fi, Thriller, Young Adult, Romance, Crime or Horror by the October 1st deadline to enter. Prizes include $1,000 cash, $100 worth of books from Writer’s Digest, and the 2012 Novel […]

Discoveries: Twitter Chat Schedule

If you Tweet (heck, if I can do it, anyone can) you probably already know about the many live chats that pop up in Twitter. I recently discovered someone has kindly created a spreadsheet index of 500+ such live chats. There are live chats for just about everything you can imagine. Some examples of chats […]

Weekend Assignment: Mission Impossible Things

If you’re ready for a weekend of writing, but aren’t sure what to write about, you’ve come to the right (or is that write?) place! This weekend’s writing assignment encourages you to examine the impossible. It began, as many of these assignments do, with a little husk of inspiration that got stuck between the teeth […]

CONTEST: Ladies’ Home Journal Essay

Seems like all the major women’s magazines are hopping on the essay contest bandwagon this year. The latest to sponsor a contest is Meredith Corporation’s popular Ladies’ Home Journal. Entries for the LHJ’s personal essay contest must be postmarked on or before December 13, 2011. Each entry must fall between 1,500 and 2,500 words to […]

Submit, Submit, Submit: Writing Markets September 2011

It’s that time again. Time for a few more links to contributor’s guidelines that I’ve amassed in my recent marketing quest. Posting them here serves two purposes.  One, I know where they are if I need them again.  And two, it lets me share them with you. Maybe you’ll find something useful. Disclaimer: Bear in […]

Weekend Assignment: Query Challenge

One of the first Weekend Assignments ever posted on B&B suggested you find 100 ideas to write about. This weekend, let’s take the next step — getting those ideas sold! Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to create a list of ideas and choose three to query before the end of the […]