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18 October

Writing in Fall

Fall Trees, originally uploaded by ArnK.

There’s an energy in fall that matches its colors—crisp, cool, high-color. Each season has its own writing energy. It doesn’t matter what you write, this energy is concentrated in the words. Another interesting thing about writing and seasons is freelance writers are always thinking six months ahead for their articles, so seasonal topics we think about in October are Earth Day, Easter, Spring Equinox, Mother’s Day, start of summer vacation….

Quite different from this amazing photo.

16 October

Coffee and Croissant

Coffee and Croissant
, originally uploaded by nyoin.

It’s all you need to get your day started! I used to work in a huge hotel with a classic bakeshop. At 3am we were pulling croissant dough from the proofer, punching it down, rolling it out, cutting the triangles that would form the croissants, rolling them, letting them have another rise, then baking till golden. This card reminded me of those Octobers I kind of missed because I worked the night shift.

03 October

About Your Story…

I’ve started to write a book…., originally uploaded by lo83.

Whether you’re doing NaNoWriMo, or even if you’re not, if you’re writing a story, you can’t go wrong with Larry Brooks and Victoria Mixon. Here are two masters who will help you define your story and get it written. Highly, highly recommended!


Get a sample chapter here.

03 October

Countdown to NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo enthusiasm, originally uploaded by Inkygirl.

For those of you planning to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, you have just under a month to get ready. Some of the things you can do:
1. Make a calendar ahead of time. I know someone in Austin who makes a huge calendar, and it is the cover for all her notes and scribbles; it is her organizer for the whole month. With this calender you can map out what you’ll focus on for each day, what you’ll eat, who’ll you’ll write with, and when you’ll rest.
2. Map out your plot and structure. Character studies‚—short or long.
What’s your story about?
3. Sign up for NaNoWriMo here.
4. WordPress supports NaNoWriMo. Find out how here.
30 March

Featured Blog — The Creative Penn



This week my featured blog is overdue and well-deserved! Aussie Joanna Penn’s blog “The Creative Penn” is featured. It will take some time to browse through her vast amount of information, but it’s worth it. Everything from book cover design to marketing to podcasts.

Thanks Joanna!

30 December

Happy New Year 2011!

Happy New Year!, originally uploaded by pennyzphotolane.

Just in time for the end of one year and the beginning of a new one. Champagne, brie, and reflection on my goals for the next year are all on the menu.

Writing goals. What are yours? I’m writing mine down, and hope to accomplish a lot in 2011.

Hoping your New Year ring-in is grand.


19 December

Blog of the Week:

If Only, originally uploaded by Inkygirl.

This week the spotlight shines on the Inkygirl blog You can click here for the most amazing compilation of internet resources for writers (including Twitter info and tutorials) ever! It’s a holiday gift for writers on its own!

Enjoy it. 🙂

12 December

Shakepeare and Company’s Paris Literary Prize

Concubine&books, originally uploaded by MusicPeppe.

Shakespeare and Company, a bookstore opened by American George Whitman in 1951, is holding their first Paris Literary Prize for a novella. See the rules and details here. There is also a video made by Mr. Whitman’s daughter about the prize. View the video here.

The deadline has been extended to 18 December, 2010.  This deadline is for the first 3000 words, but the finished novella’s length must be 20,000 to 30,000 words long. Those making the final cut will be notified in February. If you decide to enter, good luck!

11 December

Writing Classes Offered At A Great Holiday Price!

This winter take a freelance writing class from the comfort of your own home by conference and online. Learn everything you need to know to get started writing and submitting your articles for magazines and newspapers. Basics of the business covered, terminology, anatomy of an article, how to communicate with editors, editing, polishing, and marketing.

For more information visit the ‘Classes’ page.

11 December

Fav Blog Of The Week: SF Girl By Bay

This week the blog favorite is Victoria Smith’s ‘SF Girl By Bay’, voted as a top designer blog by the London Times. It’s quirky, classy, and has endless selections of  columns to read with names like “Poppytalk” and “Apartment Therapy”. Ms. Smith calls her blog one of “Modern Bohemian Design,” and it is a feast for the senses, featuring linens and weaves, textures and color. Wrapping up these sensual delights are Victoria Smith’s fun words; they teach and amuse at the same time. Enjoy this blog with your afternoon tea and fog.