Hello, Mid-Summer.

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

It has finally happened. The warm, cheery enthusiasm that begins the idle, lazy-day season has transformed into just laziness and idle. And total madness.

Let me tell you a story. A cautionary tale.

It began Wednesday afternoon, July 1st. I had just finished meeting with my fellow WriteOwls and had
a page of suggestions regarding my novel I had Continue reading

Insomniacs Anonymous 7-3-15

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

When you read a truly brilliant book, does it inspire you as a writer or depress you, or both?

Practical Prompt 7-1-15

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

Do you remember that hard-to-write scene that we encouraged you to write last week? Did you go ahead and write it? If not, that scene might be a symptom of an underlying problem with your story. In the first draft phase, it’s likely a problem with story structure or character arc. So, this week, take a step back and reconsider this scene in the context of your entire story. If this scene isn’t working, then what needs to go in its place?

Loving My Own Story

Megan Norris Jones

Megan Norris Jones

I’m in the middle of the revision process for my current manuscript, and it’s been a messy experience. Not a bad experience, mind you, it’s just that I’m learning how to write and revise a novel as I go along, and I don’t expect to be an expert yet. My focus for this draft is to nail the story structure and character arcs so that I’ll have a strong foundation for improving the other aspects of my manuscript on the next draft. I figure if I’m just learning to juggle, I shouldn’t throw too many balls in the air at once. Continue reading

Insomniacs Anonymous 6-26-15

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

Where do you think the line is between creative use of grammar and punctuation for artistic impact and bad grammar?