Insomniacs Anonymous 6-23-17

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.

Would you classify your book in progress as a relax-on-the-beach read or a curl-up-in-a-blanket winter book?

Practical Prompt 6-21-17

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.

Books need characters, but too many can confuse your reader and detract from the story. With that in mind, take a look at your secondary characters and ask yourself whether each is really necessary for the plot. Eliminate those that aren’t essential. If you have several minor characters that each play tiny, but crucial roles, try combing them into one character to streamline your story.

And Then It Was Summer…

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Summer is a tricky season for maintaining habits. I’m not sure if it the warm weather or the incurable desire to head to the beach (even though it’s nowhere near where I currently live), but all I want to do is hunker down with the pile of books on my nightstand and read. Kevin Wilson’s a Perfect Little World is calling my name.

I must resist. Continue reading

Insomniacs Anonymous 6-16-17

WriteOwls logo 150 blackYou’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.

We’ve all heard of great TV dads. Who are your favorite book dads?

Practical Prompt 6-14-17

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.

Look through your manuscript for words that you overuse. Replace them with synonyms or rewrite the sentences so that you no longer need those words.