StoryADay September 2015 – It’s ON!

May too busy for you? How’s your September? StoryADay September 2015 Is Coming Thanks to a bunch of lovely volunteers, StoryADay September 2015 is happening. (right-click and save this graphic, then share it anywhere you like) WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO? If you’re already on the mailing list, watch your inbox for instructions on […]

SWAGr – August 2015 Check In

Every month we gather here to discuss what we’ve achieved and commit to making more progress in our creative lives in the coming month. We call it our   Serious Writer’s Accountability Group or SWAGr, for short! (We’re serious, not sombre!) Leave a comment below telling us how you got on last month, and what you plan to do next […]

[Write On Wednesday] Invented Languages

This week’s prompt is inspired by this article on lost American slang. There is such richness and yet a foreign feel to the language in the quotes, that I couldn’t stop thinking about using this as a way to spice up my own writing. (The examples in the piece remind me of both Harold Hill […]

Write on Wednesday – And Get Published

…well, maybe. This week’s Write On Wednesday post is a reminder about this prompt I posted during the 2015 May’s Challenge. The DIYMFA Anthology/Writer-Igniter deadline is fast approaching. Polish up your earlier story now, or write a new one today. The Prompt Use the Writer Igniter tool at DIYMFA to spark a story (grab a […]

[Write On Wednesday] Expect The Unexpected

This morning my sister (visiting me in the US from Scotland) took my son out in the pouring rain to continue their ‘learn to ride your bike’ sessions. She’s leaving today, so it was their last chance. They weren’t going to let a little warm rain stop them. I do wonder, however, what the neighbors […]

[Write On Wednesday] Snowpocalypse

This week, like last week, my prompt is inspired by a submission-call from an anthology. As a dyed-in-the-wool fan of disaster movies, I couldn’t resist this one. The Prompt Snowpocalypse Tips Cast your mind back a few short months (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, especially if you’re someone that gets hard winters) to the […]

[Write On Wednesday] About Time

Today’s prompt was inspired by a call for submissions from Main Street Rag Anthologies. They are currently reading submissions (until July 31) for an anthology called “It’s About Time”. I don’t normally encourage you to put the cart before the horse (and think about publishing before you’ve got through the creative process) because it can […]

SWAGr Check-In For July 2015

Every month we gather here to discuss what we’ve achieved and commit to making more progress in our creative lives in the coming month. We call it our   Serious Writer’s Accountability Group or SWAGr, for short! (We’re serious, not sombre!) Leave a comment below telling us how you got on last month, and what you plan to do next […]

[Write On Wednesday] Two Different Timelines

Today’s prompt is inspired by a great book I’m reading on story structure. It’s called Book Architecture: How To Outline Without Using A Formula by Stuart Horwitz (who I had the pleasure of meeting at the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference recently. If you get a chance to see him speak, I’d highly recommend it. Very engaging […]

All About Amazon’s New Exclusive Rights Grab and Royalties Changes

I’m hearing a lot of outrage and panic about the new Amazon Kindle royalties announcement. I’m also hearing a lot of misinformation. Before you grab your pitchfork, your flaming torches, your tar and your feathers, here’s what you need to know: *WHY I’M QUALIFIED TO TALK ABOUT THIS THE BASICS This Does Not Apply To […]

[Write On Wednesday] Going On A Journey

This week’s writing prompt: Take Your Character(s) On A Literal & Figurative Journey

[Reading Room] Nightmare At 20,000 Feet by Richard Matheson

I thought I knew what I was getting into, with this story. After all, I’ve seen the Twilight Zone episode (William Shatner!!) a hundred times and they re-used the story for the Twilight Zone movie (John Lithgow!!). Surely there was nothing Matheson could do to scare me (or even retain my interest) in a story […]

Writers’ Conferences: The Introvert’s Guide

Conference season is upon us! Here are 3 essential tips for surviving a writers’ conference, as an introvert. Writers’ conferences are wonderful places for learning, connecting, being inspired and reminding yourself to take your writing seriously. They also have cringe-making moments of high-school flashbacks, with you cowering in a corner, wishing the earth would swallow you. After the […]

[Write On Wednesday] Occasional Places

I just read this charming blog post from an online friend (and fellow knitter & writer). She talks about her recent trip to France and shares some of her husband’s fabulous photos. It got me thinking…. The Prompt Write a story set in a place you have visited Tips Ideally this should be a place […]

SWAGr Check In June 2015

StoryADay May? It’s not over until we say it is! Don’t let go of that excitement and enthusiasm (not to mention the sense of community)…Join our Serious Writers’ Accountability Group (SWAGr)!