Ready, Set, WRITE! update week 8?

Ready, Set, WRITE! update week 8?

Ready. Set. WRITE! Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. This year, your RSW hosts are Alison Miller, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and Katy Upperman. If you’ve yet to officially join, there’s still time! Find the details HERE. My goals for this intensive summer writing plan are here. So how did I do? I am so far behind with everything that I absolutely forgot to post my RSW update this week. In fact,

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Blogging for Writers 101: Make it good

Writers are still blogging. There is no question about it. Many other career-minded individuals have fled the blogosphere, but not writers. So if the matter is not, are writers blogging, but rather, what are writers blogging, then let’s look at that. In my opinion, writers always have a lot to say about blogging. Here is a short list: 1. Writers write about writing 2. Writers write about their stories, books, poems, etc. 3. Writers write about what jazzes them (might be political, religious, etc.) 4. Writers write about books they are reading 5. Writers write about the places they travel

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Is this book DOA? Five hints that it may be unfixable

So what do you do when brainstorming is an utter #fail? What happens when the outline does nothing to help you see your way clear to the end of a book that just isn’t working? Giovanni 'jjjohn' Orlando / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) At what point do you say, I want out of this disastrous book relationship? Here are a few points to give you a bit of insight: 1. When the book relationship turns sour and you feel like you are hurting yourself when you open the manuscript. When it physically, mentally, and

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Outlines: Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em?

Outlines can be a writer’s best friend or worst enemy depending on which side of the page you’re on. Silvia Viñuales / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0) Sounds cliched, huh? Not really. I mean, think about it. If a writer uses an outline, they can structure how they want things to go. I mean we have to juggle so much already. Exposition, backstory, dialogue, rising action, falling action, climax, and denouement–it’s enough to make a writer cry. An outline can be good for a writer, but can be bad for the character. I mean, if

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Substantial Critique or Edit: How do you COPE?

It is pretty inevitable that if you write anything longer than a grocery list, you will be faced at some point with a substantial edit or critique of your work. Sometimes when I am undergoing this trial by fire, I sort of wish I HAD written a grocery list. Especially when the critique is one that is, shall we say, not so positive? striatic / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) At the close up view of the work, it is a good story. It has merit, and the voice is true. The characters keep on

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