Archive | February 2012

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Discoveries: Letters of Note

Primary sources of information are invaluable to writers. I find letters from past times to be particularly fascinating, so when I ran across this site filled with postcards, notes, and letters (from famous and not so famous people) I knew I had to share. Letters of Note Enjoy!

Writers & the Cloud — Do you need cloud storage?

When it comes to embracing new technology, I’m sometimes a bit slow. Until this year, I’ve been on the fence about cloud storage. Then things happened to let cloud storage sneak into my life. First, one of my editors started putting backup material on Google Docs so multiple writers would have access to the same […]

Weekend Assignment: Happy Place

Since the first of the year, I’ve been striving to spend more time in my craft area. For some reason, in the hustle and bustle of this life that sometimes has more control of me than I of it, I forget I LOVE to craft. My little basement studio is rapidly becoming my happy place. […]

The Six Sentence Plot Outline

If you’re not a big fan of outlines, but want to have some sort of structure to build your story around, try this six sentence approach for hammering out the basics of your plot. Sentence 1: Write a sentence about the inciting incident. What sets the story in motion? Sentence 2:  Explore the main character’s […]

Submit, Submit, Submit: Writing Markets February 2012

Image via Wikipedia It’s time to roll up the sleeves and dig into another round of market links. I hope you find something you can use for your own work. 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 […]

Weekend Assignment: Dream a Little Dream

Occasionally, I will have one of those dreams from nowhere that arrives in the deep of the night, and plants a story seed in my brain. I am not the only writer this happens to. Writer’s Relief posted this article with tips for finding inspiration in dreams. Your assignment this weekend is to harvest those seeds […]

Write Better: Five tips for improvement

1. Read. Read inside and outside your comfort zone. When you find a sentence that resonates with you, read between the lines to see how the author made it work. Check out blogs that analyze the nuts and bolts of style like In Search of the Perfect Sentence. Read, read, read. 2. Write. Think of […]

Get a Life! 8 Ways to Keep Your Writing Career Without Losing Your Mind or Alienating Loved Ones

One of the first lessons I learned when I became a full time freelance writer was just how easy it is to work around the clock and never look beyond the four walls of my office. Now, all these years later, I still catch myself occasionally working more and living less. In fact, one day […]

Weekend Assignment: Super Bowl Short Stories

Okay, I will admit it, I did NOT watch the Super Bowl. This is because a) I don’t like football, and b) I had the good fortune to marry a man who doesn’t much care about it one way or the other. So this past weekend at my house we did the Un-Super Bowl.  That […]

Writing Contests: Three questions to ask before entering

You’ve read the rules, looked at the publication’s website, and you’re ready to take the leap and enter their writing contest. Before you do, stop and ask yourself these questions. 1. Is the contest reputable? Scam contests haunt the Internet, waiting to snatch up entry fees and run. If you aren’t familiar with the organization […]