Insomniacs Anonymous 5-22-15

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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.

What is your favorite format for reading when you travel? Audiobook? Hardcopy? Kindle? iPhone? Why?

Why We Writers Stick Together

Laura thumbnail 150X150My parents recently returned from a trip to New England, where they walked Boston’s Freedom Trail, toured the USS Constitution and visited historic sites affiliated with the birth of our country. Knowing me as well as they do, however, they were particularly excited to share stories and videos of their visit to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Mass. Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau are all buried in this cemetery in a section appropriately named Authors Ridge. Continue reading

Insomniacs Anonymous 5-15-15

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.

How often do you feel cheated if the hero loses in the end?

Practical Prompt 5-13-15

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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.

Don’t neglect the minor players in your story. Review each of them to make sure they have their own set of values and motivations.

Of carabiners and cliffhangers . . .

Alicia Finney

Alicia Finney

Cliffhangers.  Writers love ‘em.  Readers hate ‘em.  So why use do we insist on using a tool that makes even the most peace-loving reader want to go all green and start raging?  Because, when it’s done right, everyone loves a cliffhanger.  Done right, it utilizes a particularly power-packed moment to end your scene leaving the reader with both a rush of satisfaction and an urgency that compels them go on.  Right.  This.  Instant. Continue reading