Getting to Know Your Character: An Exercise

This one will be short and sweet, but a fun exercise in detail. Last week I wrote about how to make sure your short story gets the essential elements it needs just by asking yourself four simple questions. After peering back into my college days as a Creative Writing Fiction Major, I found I had another… Read More

Short Story Elements Don’t Have to Be Confusing

Let’s face it, short stories can be pretty difficult to write. It’s such a small amount of space, on average 2,000 to 5,000 words, in which you as a writer are expected to squeeze an entire theme, setting, character or two – essentially an entire story start to finish. Everywhere, you see the “Elements of… Read More

An Interview with CWC’s Laura Callender

More than project updates, more than new genres and upcoming publications, the greatest life force behind the huge community of inspiration and creativity that is Collaborative Writing Challenge comes from its owner and founder, Laura Callender. While she oftentimes takes the background in keeping the schedules moving, organizing and monitoring the lists of new writers, CWC… Read More

The Importance of Giving Yourself A Break

Yes, I have been away from making my three posts a week, but it is for a reason. I went on vacation. The picture above is of “the point” on a piece of land on Edisto Island, South Carolina, that has been in my husband’s family for many generations and hundreds of years. We were… Read More

Guest Post on Writer’s Helping Writers

Last week my article on the Three Major Components for Successful Collaborative Fiction was accepted by the lovely ladies at Writers Helping Writers (writershelpingwriters.net), and was published on their blog early this morning! This website is really a fantastic resource for any and all writers, as are their numerous “Thesaurus” publications. These focus on emotional/psychological… Read More

Why Should You Save Everything You Write?

I save absolutely everything. Always. The above picture is actually my stack of journals, starting in the year 2000 and spanning through today. I was 10 when I started writing, both fiction and in journals, and I have maintained the “wordsmithing” – and the paper hoarding – habit for the last fifteen years. This is my… Read More