Archive | July 2012

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5 Ideas for More Productive Procrastination

We’ve all been there. That story you KNEW would practically write itself has taken a sabbatical, the blog post you need to get done today is playing dead, you’re tired, bored,  insert excuse here. Out of nowhere, Procrastination arrives to save  waste the day. As writers, we’re taught to feel bad if we procrastinate. After all, […]

Brainstorms & Bylines on Facebook

I’m pleased to announce that Brainstorms & Bylines now has a fan page on Facebook. (Yes, I know it’s about time!) You’ll find extra writing news and other goodies posted on the fan page that you won’t see here. Plus, prompts, markets, contests, and links to helpful writing articles from other sources. Don’t miss out! […]

Weekend Assignment: Life Lessons

Happy weekend, writers! This week’s assignment post is doing double duty. It’s a prompt, PLUS a contest announcement. The Fifth Annual Real Simple Life Lessons Essay Contest  is going on right now. Each year they have a new theme based on a question. This year’s question is: “If you could change one decision you made […]

Writing Contest: Ladies Home Journal 2012 Personal Essay Contest

Just a quickie post for this popular contest. Ladies Home Journal is accepting entries for their 2nd annual personal essay contest. This year they want you to write about the day that changed your life. Submissions open: August 1, 2012 Maximum word count: 2,000 Prize: $3,000 and possible publication in the magazine. Deadline: December 7, 2012 Read […]

Weekend Assignment: Tour the Town

Hello Writers! It occurs to me that I could use a trip. My wanderlust is kicking in and I’d like to go somewhere, anywhere, to escape the daily routine. I figure I’m not alone, and that is the impetus behind this weekend’s assignment. I have no trips in my near future. That doesn’t mean I can’t think […]

Writing Markets July 2012

It’s time for July’s collection of market links.  This month brings five more places to send your writing. You are sending out submissions, right? 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. Pacific Standard features writing […]

Writing to Give Back: An Interview with Carl Hose, Editor of Dark Light

A horror anthology might seem an odd expression of gratitude to some folks, but when Carl Hose wanted to give back to Ronald McDonald House, it was the first project to spring to the author’s mind. Hose benefited  from the generosity of Ronald McDonald House firsthand this past January when his youngest child was born […]

Go There, Do That: Free Online Marketing Camp THIS WEEKEND

  Hello everyone! Just a quick post to let you know about a recent discovery. Marketing for Romance Writers is hosting a free online marketing workshop July 14th & 15th (this Saturday and Sunday).  Description from their website: “Marketing Summer Camp is a two-day online conference designed to help authors learn the basics of marketing and […]

Weekend Assignment: Mad Links

When I was a kid, I loved Mad Libs. Surprise! Wait. You don’t look surprised. I guess that whole word-nerdiness aura about me tipped you off in advance. I’m assuming the fact I taught my kids to create their own Mad Libs will hold no surprise for you either, right? Fine. Spoil my fun. While procrastinating scouring […]

Discoveries: Websites for Writers

If I tell the truth, I have to admit I don’t remember how I ran across this one, billed by site owner Iain Broome as: “An independent directory of online writing resources, from blogs, advice and news outlets to writing applications, bookshops and workspaces.” Some of my old favorites are listed and I’ve found a […]