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NaNoWriMo 2013 – Innoculate yourself against writer’s block

NaNoWriMo defeats the fear of writing.
This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series NanowrimoNaNoWriMo 2013 – The best prescription for fear of writing NaNoWrimo 2013 is the single most effective cure for writer’s block. Hands down. Everything else is swept away except you and the keyboard. It’s all about the words, words that appear on computer screens and…


Books on writing for writers – Armchair BEA

The best books on writing stand the test of time.
This entry is part 10 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 10 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Books on writing is one genre that we didn’t cover during this week’s Armchair BEA. When I think of books for writers I include books by writers about craft, books about writers, and books written by writers on writing. There isn’t…


Ten authors I wish I could meet

My early literary influences Creating a list of ten writers I want to meet is not easy. First, there are so many. Second, I’ve already met a lot of writers from attending trade book shows, conferences, workshops, and book signings. Finally, I worked in a bookstore as an event planner and met even more writers…


I confess I am a bibliophile and library-challenged

Confessions, that’s today’s topic and I doubt they mean the type found in the Victorian confessions albums of long ago. Those are more of the autograph album type where “confessions” dealt with friends answering questions like Who is your favorite writer?, and What’s your favorite book ever? No, I think The Broke and the Bookish…


Top ten books on writing by famous authors

If you like Stephen King’s book On Writing…. Writers are a voracious lot. They gobble up words and devour ideas. They are ardent about their characters and hot for plots. They consume books. When it comes to their peers, most writers turn into stickybeaks. They want to know everything: their habits, their writing processes, their…


Should a writer read the classics?

Reading is such an important part of being a writer that I once simply assumed that anyone who took up the pen–keyboard today–did so in response to an engagement with an author or a book. But that’s simply not the case anymore. Reading does not seem to be a necessary skill nor is the idea…


Playing catch-up

The last month has been a blur of blue skies and fluffy clouds as I winged my way from one coast to another. A week spent at a Donald Maass Breakout Novel Intensive brought a re-dedication to the novel and a re-commitment to the writing life. A weekend spent at the Writers Police Academy presented…


The real question is where to write

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series 31 Days Blog Challenge

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series 31 Days Blog ChallengeWriters have a long history of writing anywhere but at their desk. Where do you go for inspiration? I’ve been known to write at the usual local writer’s haunts: Starbucks, Panera’s, Barnes & Nobles, Borders, and the time-honored public library. I’ve written…


What to write, is it truly the writer’s dilemma?

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series 31 Days Blog Challenge

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series 31 Days Blog ChallengeThe question is not “Where do you get your ideas?” It’s how do you shape your idea once you have chosen the one. Writers are not usually looking for ideas. They have plenty coupled with a huge desire to share them. Perhaps…


Does your dog read?

Meet Teddy. He dreams of becoming a reading mentor in a READ program. Some call them Reading to Dogs literacy programs, others say Sit, Stay, and Read. Teddy and I learned about these programs a number of years ago and he quickly became immersed in reading to anyone who would listen. Teddy is one of…


Writers, are you reading?

Do you read? There was a time when I never thought I'd have to ask that question of a writer. Times change and with them writers and their habits evolve. Today you're more likely to hear a group of writers rave on about the latest movie they've seen than talk about their latest read. While…


I write fiction. I don’t need no stinkin’ social network.

Most writers are solitary souls: they inhabit their own universe apart from the rest of the world. The clutter of life is a distraction. All this new social media network stuff is nothing but quicksand guaranteed to suck your attention away from the important work: the book. So why bother to plug in? For sure,…


What’s up with all this Twit and Luv stuff?

In the “just so ya know” department, I’ve stumbled across a couple of neat little applications that add some social media flavor to this blog. If you’re a social media maven, you’ll appreciate the addition of TwitThis and I’ll appreciate your ability to use it. If you’re a blogger, then using the CommentLuv application should…


The Writer’s Toolbox: Critiques, love ’em or hate ’em, they’re valuable

Most critiques are the plague of writers and create a lot of internal and external tension. I don’t know that anyone is completely unbiased whether they’re giving or receiving a critique. What you want is for someone to be able to acknowledge their biases and look past them. For most the word “critique” is loaded…


Tempting the muse

Are you addicted to office supplies? Do you tremble at the mere thought of entering the hallowed doors at the temples of Staples, Office Depot, and Office Max? If you are, you are among the many who daily make words their business and their play. Why do these places hold such a fascination? Why are…