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Anthology Call for Submissions: No Rest for the Wicked

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is coming. I know what you’re thinking! Time for some HO-HO-HORROR! No? For those of you writers who love Halloween as much (or more) as the winter holidays, Rainstorm Press an anthology for you.  No Rest for the Wicked will accept submissions from now through March 1st. The anthology will be compiled […]

The Post-Holiday Post Goes AWOL

The Monday morning post for Brainstorms & Bylines has gone AWOL due to the long holiday weekend in the United States. If you need a dose of writing advice or inspiration to help you kick off your work week, why not check out some of the posts from the archive? Feel free to explore on […]

Weekend Assignment: A Secret Door

Ready for another writing weekend? If you’re in the States, you may be recovering from a turkey-induced coma, or that early morning shopping binge known as Black Friday. Put away the excuses and wake up your muse with this prompt: SECRET DOOR The idea came from this image at Simon Brown Photography. For the record, […]

Using the Write…er…Right Words in Your Writing

Some things about Facebook make me crazy. Perhaps one of the biggest twitch inducers is any status message that substitutes YOUR for YOU’RE. Homonyms, homophones, and homographs can trick even the most seasoned writers. Sometimes the confusion stems from not knowing how to spell the word you mean to use. I can remember a time when I […]

Discoveries: Figment

Are you a teen or young adult writer? Do you mentor a teen or young adult who writes? Figment is a writing community where teens can share their work, participate in discussions, enter contests (November’s contest judge was Nicholas Sparks!) and connect with published authors. I’m a firm believer in having a support network of […]

Weekend Assignment: Writer Unplugged

When was the last time you sat back, stared off into space and wandered around the back rooms of your mind? Taking the time to unplug, kick back and stare off into space without consciously thinking of anything is becoming a lost art in this age of technology. We are “all connected, all the time.” […]

Submit, Submit, Submit: Writing Markets November 2011

It’s that time again. Time to polish up your best pieces and send them out into the world to shine. If you’re looking for new markets, here are some shiny new links to contributor guidelines. I hope you find something useful. Disclaimer: Bear in mind that I am sharing these links not endorsing them. While […]


Nobody knows writers like other writers. We rely on each other for advice, criticism, and comaraderie. Perhaps that’s why we love quotes and observations made by famous authors. They give us a little sneak-peek at the inner workings of their minds and reassure us we aren’t the only ones who think the way we do. […]

Weekend Assignment: A Different Nano

For writers, November is the month of NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as NaNo. Which is all fine and good if you’re an aspiring novelist who can fit it into your schedule. But what if you aren’t up to writing 50k this month? Perhaps you have time to explore another kind of nano: nano-fiction. Nano-fiction is best […]

Use a “Can-Doodle” Attitude to Boost Creativity

Have you doodled today? If not, you should consider it. I’ve always loved to doodle. I doodle when I talk on the phone, while taking notes, and when the writing dries up and words won’t come. There’s something about a doodle that seems to free up my ideas and churn up new ones. Now studies […]