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Flogometer for Margaret—are you compelled to turn the page?

Submissions Wanted. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels.....

Adding More White Space To Your Life

3 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Photo by John Keogh I take a nap every day. That seems like something of a confession, because I find that there is a strange fixation in our culture of a certain kind of productivity. One where you have to be “always on,” always “crushing...Show More Summary

Self Development. We All Need Mentors At Different Points In The Journey.

I love to learn, and I’ve been sharing what I learn on this blog for almost 6 years now! I had an email from a lady the other week and she asked me, “How do you continue when things are tough?” This could be about writing, or just life in general, but for me, it’s […]

What’s Your Purpose?

(GIVEAWAY – GIVEAWAY- GIVEAWAY! In honor of the release of POOLE’S PARADISE, my generous benefactors at Bafflegab Books are awarding free e-copies of the novel (specify.pdf or.prc) to the first five people who correctly answer the following...Show More Summary

Guess what? TWO NEW BOOKS!

If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you already know about my surprise: I have two new full-length novels available now! The third book in the Spy Another Day series, Tomorrow We Spy is in pre-order, with copies going out on Friday. A...Show More Summary

Midweek #ROW80 Check-In and To Get Me To You E-Cards

yesterdayArts / Writing : Kait Nolan

So it’s Wednesday and I keep forgetting because I’m off for the holiday.  I’ve been running around feeling like it’s Saturday all day. Since I’m off, I am finally sitting down to start my next project, She’s Got A Way, another Wishful novella following Liam Montgomery and Riley Gower (both of whom we meet briefly in […]

I Choose to Eat and Sleep

It’s Wednesday night at 11:39pm (change to: 12:38 am on Thursday as I go back to the top of the page to edit), and my month as a Harriet blogger is threatening to end very soon. It’s funny, I’ve known for months and months that I would be the “featured blogger” for Harriet for the [...]

A Writer's Gratitude List: 12 Things to be Thankful For

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

A largely humorous list of things to be grateful for as a writer. Column by Robbie Blair Thanksgiving approaches, and it's time to give thanks. As writers, we have a unique set of items to be thankful for. Having trouble finding that...Show More Summary

The Paris Review Daily on Paul Muldoon’s First Chapbook Knowing My Place

On December 2nd, PEN American Center will auction seventy-five annotated first editions by accomplished writers including Jane Smiley and Don DeLillo, with all proceeds to benefit PEN: a literary organization devoted to free expression. Included in the auction is Paul Muldoon’s first chapbook with Muldoon’s own annotations, it’s called Knowing My Place. At Paris Review, [...]

5 Books that Say "Fuck You," not "Thank You"

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Thanksgiving? I call bullshit. It's a celebration of gluttony masquerading as gratitude. So here's an antidote: five books about ingratitude to take your mind off that awful sweet potato casserole. Column by Ed Sikov Face it: In this season of harvest, bounty, and plentitude, sanctimony reigns. Show More Summary

FOUND: In France, A Rare Shakespeare Folio

At a public library in St-Omer, France, librarians recently discovered a previously unaccounted-for first folio of Shakespeare’s plays. The discovery brings the total number of known, remaining first folios, worldwide, to 233. (FromShow More Summary

The Heart Ends Its Own Pain

Anyone made of pure love would live forever. But you are taught to hate. And hate is what kills you. It kills you because love made you. It kills you with lines on your face and hurt in your heart. It makes you old and it makes you dead.It's so simple to live long. Love makes babies but hate kills us all.

Barnes And Noble Reveals Black Friday Battle Plan

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Barnes and Noble plans to use signed, in-store editions to bring customers through the doors on Black Friday. News by Peter Derk Is it possible that we'll see someone trampled to death for a Neil Gaiman book instead of a flat screenShow More Summary

Video From Bernadette Mayer’s Recent Visit to Kelly Writers House

Jacket2 highlights video of Bernadette Mayer at Kelly Writers House in October, where she was a guest during a live interactive webcast hosted by the open online course, “ModPo.” “Bernadette Mayer listens to a call from a ModPo participant named Elizabeth, who asks if one should begin writing traditional forms before attempting to write experimentally [...]

Flogometer for Sherry—are you compelled to turn the page?

Submissions Wanted. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels.....

How to Win at NaNoWriMo

2 days agoArts / Writing : Writerly Life

It’s that time of year again, writers: National Novel Writing Month has presented its challenge to us! I’ve written before about Why I Said No to NaNoWriMo. But don’t let me stop you; who has taken up the gauntlet? Who will try to write an astonishing 50,000 words in just thirty days? Can it even […]

Wrestling Alligators: On Embracing Curiosity

BY LIZ CRAIN GIVEAWAY: Liz is excited to give away a free copy of the second edition of her just released book, Food Lover’s Guide to Portland, to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks; winners must live in the US to receive the book by mail. You can win a blog contest even if you’ve won before. The summers that I was 6 and 7 years old in early ’80s, I went […]

2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

For today’s prompt, write a same poem. I guess it could be the same old poem, but it could be a completely different poem that looks at a person or thing or system that is still the same. Or maybe a poem about how all people are the same. Or take the “same” concept and show how things are not the same. And that opens up a universe of possibilities. […]

Becoming a Better Writer in 2015

My friend and I always spend a weekend in December creating vision boards for the new year. This is not like making New Year’s Resolutions. It’s a Written Words by Sophia Louise process that requires a lot of time and thought. We ask ourselves what this year has brought and how that feels, and what we’d like to see the new year hold. Show More Summary

Nominate Your Favorite Writing Blog:

2 days agoArts / Writing : Write to Done

Top 10 Blogs For Writers Contest 2014 It’s time to open up nominations for the 9th annual Top 10 Blogs for Writers Contest—the blogosphere’s biggest contest for writing blogs. How to Nominate Your Favorite Writing Blog: To Nominate your...Show More Summary

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