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NaNoWrimo 2015 Journey Starts Now
This entry is part 20 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 20 of 20 in the series NanowrimoNaNoWrimo 2015 begins now NaNoWrimo 2015 officially begins November 1st, right? So why do I say the annual writing marathon begins now? Procrastinators need read no further; but for the rest of us, there are plenty of things that can be done to make ready…

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PiBoIdMo 2014 offers 30 days of non-stop fun (Picture Book Idea Month)

PiBoIdMo Picture Book Idea Month for children's writers begins in November.
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea Month

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea MonthPiBoIdMo 2014 begins November 01, 2014 Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoMoId 2014) is in its sixth year and begins in one week. That means you still have plenty of time to sign up for a rollicking good time with hundreds of other…

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Picture book ideas – Where are they?

PIck up the trail of picture book ideas often found in fairy tales.
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea Month

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea MonthIn search of picture book ideas November is a month swarming with picture book ideas. Why? Well, it’s Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) and there are hundreds of children’s book writers focused on the single task of coming up with ideas for…

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Picture book ideas populate November

Picture book writing includes Picture book month and picture book idea month.
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea Month

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea MonthPicture book ideas – Competing with NaNoWriMo? Picture book ideas gain prominence in November at a time when many writers have their sights set on the big writing marathon known as NaNoWriMo. While the Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) is a growing…

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Writing tension into a scene

Writing prompt to find tension in a scene
This entry is part 43 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 43 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints Writing tension exercise Teasing tension out of a scene is a major task for a writer. Today’s visual writing prompt exercise involves a photograph of a happy family sitting at a picnic table. The object of the this week’s writing exercise is for…

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Books for writers top my summer reading list

Books for writers

Books for writers moved to the top of my summer TBR pile when I discovered several new books for writers on crafting nonfiction. Whether you write creative nonfiction, literary nonfiction, essays or the old plain Jane non-fiction, these books should provide you with solid information as well as plenty to think about. What about that…

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New reading challenge values short works

Join the Short Works Reading Group.

Short works have many benefits for writers and readers Now’s the time to explore short works in both fiction and nonfiction with a new reading challenge called Short Works Reading Group (#shortworks2). I’ve skipped across the blogosphere and haven’t tripped over any challenges focused on short works like short stories and essays, so I’ve decided…

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How picture book writing helps writers – Armchair BEA

Picture book writing helps a writer learn the art of storytelling
This entry is part 8 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 8 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Picture book writing develops good writing skills Picture book writing offers the same valued skill set writers need whether they are writing in the short or long form. Writing a children’s picture book helps writers learn and understand their craft. Because of…

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Have you any banned books on your shelf today?

Banned Book Reading Challenge The annual Banned Books Week (Sept 22 – 28, 2013) reminds writers and readers of creeping literary censorship and offers surprises within the list of banned books. Classics such as Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, and even The Lord of the Rings regularly top the list. Does this mean you…

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Book characters that come to life

Memorable characters in books Boatloads of books on writing offer direction, information, and suggestions. Keep in mind that readers today definitely favor character-driven books so writers would do well to take note of their own favorite literary characters as well as those touted by the critics and the modern media. Creating characters who live on…

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A march toward the modernists

Modernist writers make up a new challenge Reading is a worthwhile effort for writers. Reading outside a writer’s normal genre is even better. Reading celebrated and influential writers is one way writers learn about their craft. With that in mind and with a caterpillar-like crawl through my Classics Club reading list, I’ve realized that participating…

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Top ten goals for reading and writing

Setting goals for a new year Resolutions, goals, and promises are in the air, after all, it’s a new year. Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? Now some people get super-excited to the point of hyperventilating about the prospect of even considering creating one goal, let alone ten. They get all aflutter about the…

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Why write and read the personal essay?

The personal essay is dead It is true, for many the personal essay is dead. Yet in this heyday of fiction I confess I am a closet essay lover. Yes, I love essays, particularly the ones where there is such an intimate link with the author. You don’t hear writers talk much about them unless…

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Are you writing for the modern 21st century reader?

What I learned from Donald Maass and his books Writers need to put some fire under their characters to break out their fiction. When I discovered the work literary agent Donald Maass has done on character development in his books on writing, I hit the mother lode. I would have to write a book to…

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Crack this Olympian writing exercise

This entry is part 35 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 35 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints  Use your senses to unlock a story Using the senses is so important in writing that bestselling romance writer LaVryle Spencer used to have an index card naming the five senses taped to her computer. Most writers easily turn out the visual sense…

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