[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)!

Guest Prompt from Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Glamourist Histories series of fantasy novels and the a three time Hugo Award winner. Her short fiction appears in Clarkesworld, Tor.com, and Asimov’s. Mary, a professional puppeteer, lives in Chicago. Visit her online at maryrobinettekowal.com. We’re rounding out our month with a multiple-award winning, working writer’s advice […]

May 31 – Scenario – The Windswept Plain

The Prompt

Your story starts with a character standing on a windswept, desolate plain. How did they get there? What do they want? And what is that on the horizon, and why is it getting closer?

Guest Prompt from John Dixon

John Dixon’s first novel Phoenix Island was not only the inspiration for the CBS series Intelligence (starring Josh Holloway), but was this year awarded the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel. (Well-deserved, too! It’s an excellent book!). John is a former Golden Gloves boxer, youth services caseworker, prison tutor, and […]

Day 30 – The Impact of Art

The Prompt

Write a story about the impact of art

Guest Prompt from Gabriela Pereira – with submission guidelines

 Gabriela Pereira is the Chief Instigator at DIYMFA.com, the home of the do-it-yourself MFA in creative writing. In her new podcast series she has interviewed everyone from agents, novelists, writing teachers to marketing and networking guru Guy Kawasaki! You should definitely check that out!). She is hard at work on a DIYMFA handbook due out […]

May 29 – Back To Front

The Prompt

Write a story starting with the climax and working backwards to find out how we got there