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Weekend Assignment: Writing Resolution 2012

Every year I try to set a new writing goal for myself. It might be to try a new market. Maybe I’ll enter a contest, or write something in a new form or start a blog, or join Twitter… there’s always something new to try. This year, when I stopped to consider my writing resolution, […]

Holiday Break

Hello readers! Brainstorms & Bylines will be on vacation this week. No new post today or Wednesday, but fear not! The weekend assignment will post as scheduled on Friday. In the meantime, sit back, sip your eggnog, think grand thoughts, and dream big dreams. The new year is coming. Let’s meet it together, shall we? […]

Weekend Assignment: 100 Beautiful Words

Tis the weekend for making a list and checking it twice, and this writing assignment will have you doing just that. The idea hit me while, during my writing research (read as relentless prowling through StumbleUpon while procrastinating), I ran across this list of 100 beautiful words on Deshoda.com. Now, we all know beauty is […]

Submit, Submit, Submit: Writing Markets December 2011

It’s time for the holiday issue of writing markets.I hope you find something useful. Disclaimer: Bear in mind that I am sharing these links not endorsing them. While I’ve checked out these sites, always read the complete guidelines before submitting anything AND always do your homework. Breathe is aimed at active women who value a healthy […]

Ten Last Minute Gifts for Writers

1. Digital timer for those times when the only thing that will shake loose a new idea is a timed writing exercise. 2. A calendar for keeping track of assignments (and for general amusement and inspiration). 3. A solar gadget charger, because nothing is worse than being mobile with a dead battery. 4. To-Do sticky […]

Weekend Assignment: Another Auld Lang Syne

Some activity in the Twittersphere this week called to mind an old song by Dan Fogelberg. Same Old Lang Syne tends to hit the airwaves around this time of year, so you may have heard it recently. The song tells a somewhat melancholy story about a holiday reunion in a convenience store. The sort of story […]

25 Ways to Summon the Writing Spirit

1. Read 2. Listen to music that inspires you. 3.  Channel surf the Internet with StumbleUpon 4. Work with your hands. 5. Take a long shower. 6. Make a list of 100 ideas. 7. Go for a walk. 8. Eavesdrop. 9. Allow yourself to get silly. Take the writing in an unpredictable direction and see […]

Testing… testing… is this thing on?

Hello writers! I’ve decided to have open mic day here at Brainstorms & Bylines. Take a turn and tell me what you love about writing, what you’d like to learn, and what kind of information you’d like to see here. In the coming year, I’m looking to add new content aimed to help you find […]

Weekend Assignment: You in Six Words

This week’s writing assignment is short and, hopefully, sweet. I got the idea when a local magazine I used to write for decided to run a contest on facebook last week. More about that in a minute. First, I want to point out the year is rapidly drawing to a close. A new year is […]

Podcasts for writers

Okay, writers. Would you rather listen to information or read it?  For me, it’s a toss-up. I’m a bit of a bibliophile, as most writers are, but I do loves me a good podcast occasionally. A recent scouring of the Internet yielded a variety of podcasts, some of which even had something to do with […]