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Archives for October 2011
Here's To the Crazy Ones...
by Laura Preble • 6 comments
You say crazy, I say genius...whatever you call it, own it.
It's almost Halloween, the time when we all pretend to be things we're not. While pondering what I wanted to be this year, I considered several different costumes: crazy high school teacher, crazy mom...
Through the Looking Glass
by Justin C. Key • 3 comments
Pouring ourselves into our characters, and the chances we take.
I put a lot of myself into my characters. I don’t mean this in the metaphorical way which simply means that I care a lot. No, I literally take my experiences and fictionalize them to be a part of my c...
Being a Smart Reporter
by Nina Munteanu • 3 comments
As a writer it’s guaranteed that you will at some time require information from a real person. The pillars of good journalism include: 1) thoroughness; 2) accuracy; 3) fairness; and 4) transparency.
Whether you’re writing non-fiction or fiction, at some point in your research you may need to conduct an interview. It might be a local police officer who handled a case similar to something you are w...
Len Kuntz In His Own Words, Part II
by Dan Tricarico • 2 comments
This is the final installment in a three part series on Television Show Contest judge, flash writer Len Kuntz.
Part II of an interview with Television Show Contest judge, Len Kuntz. What are you reading now? I'm re-reading Ordinary People by Judith Guest. It's brilliant. In The Writer last year they said...
I Will Never Use English in My Real Life
by Laura Preble • 22 comments
Ah, spell check...your magic lulls us into a false sense of security. But you are not to be trussed.
As a teacher of writing and literature, my life is filled with gratifying moments. Last year, one of my male students, a wrestler, became so enamored of slam poetry that he started to write it on his...
Finding the Courage to Write … and Publish
by Nina Munteanu • 15 comments
Are you afraid to write, to answer the call of your creative urges? Good. If you’re not scared, you’re not writing.—Ralph Keyes
“Being creative means giving yourself the freedom to be who you really are,” says Nancy Slonim Aronie, author of Writing from the Heart: Tapping the Power of Your Inner Voice. But that takes courage....
Len Kuntz In His Own Words, Part I
by Dan Tricarico • 6 comments
This is the second in a three part series on Television Show Contest judge, Flash writer Len Kuntz.
Len Kuntz will be judging this month's Television Show Contest. Today he shares his thoughts on flash fiction, writing, and publishing. Please help me welcome, Len Kuntz. What attracts you to flash...
Hi, My Name Is....
by Laura Preble • 18 comments
Pen names are a right and privilege for authors. But if you don a fake name, does it change who you are? And, more importantly, can you take out a credit card in that person's name?
My son and I were reading a book called The Name of This Book is Secret. It’s by turns amusing and annoying, but pretty clever. The author of the book is one Pseudonymous Bosch. My son had a hard ti...
LitCrawl and Networking
by Justin C. Key • 1 comment
There are a lot of writers out there. Go out and say hi
As writers, sometimes it is hard to remember that networking is important. We get so engrossed in our own little worlds of words that we forget that there are thousands of other writers out there with...
Write About What You Know
by Nina Munteanu • 4 comments
How many times have you been told to write about what you know? And how many times have you trusted that advice? Well, how interesting is that?!?
How many times have you been told to write about what you know? And how many times have you trusted that advice? Well, how interesting is that?!? We think our lives are dull, boring, and mundane. We w...