Insomniacs Anonymous 11-17-17

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.

Are the holidays a chance to write or holiday from writing?

Practical Prompt 11-15-17

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.

You don’t have to be writing a comedy to incorporate humor into your manuscript. In rough situations, people will often crack a joke to ease the tension. For this week’s practical prompt, try adding a little humor here and there into the scene your currently working on.

Book Endorsements 101

Laura Ayo

A dear friend recently asked me to provide a quote for the jacket of a book she wrote. I’ve had the privilege of accompanying this woman along her journey to write her story since day one, so, of course, I said I’d be happy to share my opinion of her work. I was flattered that she asked, even though I had never composed a cover quote. After re-reading the endorsements on several books in my home and scouring online resources for guidance, I thought I’d share what I learned. Continue reading

Insomniacs Anonymous 11-8-17

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.

What is your biggest writing flaw, and do you have a strategy for fixing it?

Practical Prompt 11-8-17

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.

When only two people are involved in a conversation, dialogue tags usually aren’t necessary. With that in mind, go through your story and take out all the excess dialogue tags.