Self Editing Tip #5: Let’s “Talk” About Punctuation

Today I want to talk about punctuation, specifically in writing dialogue. I feel oddly fortunate that my own education, especially as a Creative Writing major in college, ingrained in me a certain inherent knowledge of how to write dialogue with correct punctuation. I’ve spoken and worked with a surprisingly large handful of other authors who… Read More

Flash Fiction: ‘The Plight of Timothy Weston’

I found it really rather difficult to come up with an informative, entertaining, fresh topic to discuss on my blog today. As is my nature, when I have a shortage of ideas, I reach out to grab something out of one of my colleagues’ brains. Today, instead of a how-to post on writing or editing… Read More

6 Tips to Get You Writing (and Keep You There)

Having your fingers in a lot of different word-pies will give you more opportunities for creativity than drawing constant blanks on the same project, over and over. Read More

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

Baby Steps Lead to Everything

This week’s post theme is ‘Working with Others’, and in keeping with that I wanted to write today about how baby steps lead to everything, and that once you take that first, hardest, scariest step, the rest of what you want just falls right into line. I was pretty scared out of my mind when… Read More