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Archives for September 2011
4 Simple Ways To Stay Immersed in My World
by Justin C. Key • 3 comments
When world-building, don't look away for too long...
Sometimes it's hard to keep up progress on a novel. Time issues aside, we all come to a place in the narrative that's hard to get through, or we need a mental break from the current plot device we're...
Finding the Muse … and Keeping It
by Nina Munteanu • 12 comments
In the over twenty years of writing I really hadn’t given much thought to writer’s block ... This is not to say that I never experienced it. I did; I just kept on writing.
I often get asked how and from where I draw my inspiration. How do I find my muse? And how do I keep it? What I’m really being asked is: how do I defeat “writer’s block”? The Journeying Muse Many wr...
by Dan Tricarico • 6 comments
I'm good enough. I'm smart enough. And doggone it, people like me.
A few weeks ago, I saw a blog post by Cheryl Richardson called “5 Ways Your Creative Flow Can Kick Butt.” If you’re interested in the 5 ways, Richardson’s post can be found here. Interesting premise,...
What's in a Name?
by Laura Preble • 9 comments
The naming of characters is a curious matter...it isn't just one of your holiday games!
Shakespeare said that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But when you name a character, it’s almost as important as naming a baby. That poor being you’ve created is stuck for life with tha...
7 Characteristics of A Good Writing Group
by Justin C. Key • 7 comments
Things that make a good writing group
1. You get along. The other day a man from New York told me that the people you can say 'eff you' to and still be cool with are your real friends. Hopefully your writing group hasn't reached that leve...
Understanding Your Rights
by Nina Munteanu • 9 comments
The story you’ve written is your “intellectual property”, to sell all at once or in careful—and lucrative—parcels.
Learn what rights you own and what you should sell. The story you’ve written is your “intellectual property”, to sell all at once or in careful—and lucrative—parcels. Knowing your rights is the first...
The Scrib Gym 3: The Empire Strikes Back!
by Dan Tricarico • 6 comments
In this installment, Luke accidentally drops his light sabre into the Death Star and Han Solo attempts to recycle C3-PO.
Welcome to the third edition of The Scrib Gym! You may have noticed that I am amusing myself by stealing movie subtitles to identify each new installment to The Gym. So thank you, Mr. Lucas, for...
Unplugging to Be More Plugged In
by Laura Preble • 8 comments
Are we too plugged in to technology? Or is it a necessary to our work as writers?
I live in Southern California. This means earthquakes and blackouts, among other things. Most recently, it was the man-made crisis we had to deal with: some guy in Yuma, Arizona supposedly tripped ove...
Scenario Stories and Writing Contests
by Justin C. Key • 0 comments
A little piece of advice....
My writing group chooses certain contests to submit to every other month or so. We write to the prompts and then go through about three rounds of critique before sending them in. It's a great motivato...
Should You Judge a Book by its Cover?
by Nina Munteanu • 22 comments
If the book does not deliver on the promise of the cover, it will fail with many readers despite its intrinsic value. A broken promise is still a broken promise.
Most readers—me included—will pick a book off the bookstore shelf because its cover interests us: the title intrigues; the cover illustration attracts; the author’s name is one we trust. If you don’t...