Archive | January 2012

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You Might Be a High-Maintenance Writer If…

Repeat after me: Editors are people, just like me. Seriously. The only superpower an editor possesses is the power to reject your submission. Other than that, he or she is just as human as you or I. No matter how saintly an editor may feel on any given day, you can pretty much bet they […]

Weekend Assignment: What a Character!

Who are the people in your stories? What are they like? Do they come across as flat? Would you like to give some of them a bit more personality? Have I got a weekend assignment for you! This weekend, your challenge is to create a character profile. You can use a character you’ve already created, […]

Submit, Submit, Submit: Writing Markets January 2012

It’s time for the latest additions to the market list here at B&B.I hope you find something useful. Disclaimer: Bear in mind that I am sharing these links not endorsing them. Always read the complete guidelines before submitting anything AND always do your homework. Recently, Penumbra announced the news it will be filling the remaining subscriptions […]


An onomatopoeia (whew! it may be fun to say, but spelling it right on the first try is a challenge!) is a word that imitates a sound, like buzz. Part of bringing writing to life is being able to tap into all five senses. Onomatopoeias give you a way to make the reader “hear” what’s going […]

Weekend Assignment: Watch and Learn

This weekend, I’m thinking about taking in a movie. This is always a big deal for me, because I hate wasting money to go to a theater, sit with someone kicking the back of my seat, and possibly be bored out of my mind because Hollywood seems to have forgotten to tell a story. And, […]

Five Ways to Make 2012 Your Best Writing Year Ever

Just because January is over, doesn’t mean it’s too late to make writing resolutions for 2012. If you want to make this year better than last year, add these five things to your to-do list: 1. Educate yourself about scams. Nothing is sadder than sending your hard-won words off for publication, getting an acceptance, then […]

Writing “Snapshots”

If you’re like me, you probably have taken a few photos during the last month. Family gatherings, winter weather spectacles, holiday parties, road trips… is it just me, or does December lend itself more to photo opportunities than other months? For a writer, this is great news! On those days when your muse is feeling […]

Weekend Assignment: The Animal Inside

ent. This week, I’ve been thinking about animals. The local arts council where I volunteer has an upcoming show titled: The Animals in Us. The sneak previews I have seen have been enough to get the wheels turning in my head. So, today’s prompt for the weekend is: THE ANIMAL INSIDE. What images does the […]

The Second Annual KidLitArt #PBDummy Challenge

It’s a new year, and I’m on the lookout for new writing challenges to steer you toward. First up, a challenge for picture book writers. The Picture Book Dummy Challenge!  For those of you new to writing, or unfamiliar with children’s picture books, a Picture Book Dummy is a mock up used to show agents/publishers/etc. […]

What Nobody Tells Beginners

This fabulous quote comes from Ira Glass. I believe it applies to all of us, beginners and established writers alike. “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For […]