Thursday, June 13, 2024

Nibble—Or Gobble—Your Way Through a Writing Conference


by Julie Lavender @JLavenderWrites

My husband’s delight for his babies shows each time he talks about them. And that’s every morning these days, after he walks outside and checks on them first thing after waking. 

David carefully planted and tended pots of fennel, celery, dill, and curled parsley in the back yard. He also made sure to station pots of milkweed nearby. You see, my now-retired, former entomologist hubby plotted and planned just the right methods to attract black swallowtail butterflies to our yard to lay eggs after feeding on yummy milkweed nectar. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Query Letter Questions Answered


by Linda Gilden @LindaGilden

Recently I was teaching about articles at a writer’s conference. Just before we ended someone asked, “I’ve heard about query letters. Can you tell me quickly what that is and when to use a query letter?”

Well, one thing I can’t stand is to think that anyone would leave my class with unanswered questions. My remark was, “Sure, but listen fast so you can get to your next class!” I quickly made a list of questions in my head so I wouldn’t forget anything they needed to know about query letters.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Life Lesson From a Writer’s Journey


by Cindy K. Sproles @CindyDevoted

This post won’t be the usual “writing” blog post for several reasons. 1) There’s a life lesson here. 2) It’s about me. 

This isn’t your standard learning post, but then it is. Finding a beginning without sounding trite or selfish is difficult—bear with me.

I began my writing journey some twenty-four years ago, and it has been and still is an uphill battle— one I am not alone on. Any writer who chooses writing as a career is in for a steep climb. But what I hope you can learn from this post is that persistence and determination pay off.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Thoughts on Focus for Writers & the Distractions We Battle


by Larry J. Leech II @LarryJLeechII

With all the distractions that we … did you see that? A squirrel chased a Blue Jay off the bird feeder. I can’t believe it. I didn’t think Jays feared anything. 

Sorry about that. Just when I started to write about distractions and the inability to focus, oh geeze, the Jay has gone after the squirrel. I’ve never seen a squirrel run so fast.

Oh yeah, focus. My plan was to write about focus. 

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Litter-free Writing


by Martin Wiles @LinesFromGod

When my wife and I relocated to a new subdivision—and I began taking a daily walk to the entrance and back—I immediately noticed the litter. I have hated litter since I was a young boy and first understood what litter was. I’ve been guilty of littering a few times, but my conscience always bothered me. So, I made a pact with God not to litter.

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Two Reasons Not to Use AI to Write Your Novels


by Beth K. Vogt @BethVogt

“Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world.” 
Brené Brown (1965-), American professor and author

I’m not a fan of Artificial Intelligence (AI). 

Whew! It feels good to say that right up front. 

To be more specific, I’m not a fan of AI when it comes to writing my novels. 

I’ve heard lots of reasons why AI is beneficial to writers for brainstorming, researching, writing back cover copy. I’ve listened in on both virtual and face-to-face conversations where other writers touted the advantages of AI.

Friday, June 7, 2024

Genre Expectations: Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance


by A.C. Williams @ACW_Author

Vampires, Werewolves, Shifters—Oh my! 

“Oh my!” is right. When you start digging deeper into the market’s expectations for some of the most popular low-fantasy genres, story elements can get pretty weird really fast. Not that weird is bad necessarily, but it does get confusing. Hopefully this series on genre expectations can help clarify what genre you’re writing, so that when you start marketing it, you can target the right audience for it.