by Patricia J. Parsons You have journals, right? Writers have journals. The authors of an interesting article in The Guardian newspaper in 2018 about the inner workings of writers’ journals said this: “Note-taking is not just a method for remembering. It is a way a writer tells himself, or herself, a story―and this becomes a […]Read More 5 tips to make better use of your journals and notebooks
if you’d prefer to see me talk about this, scroll to the bottom and click to the video at Write. Fix.Repeat. Someone once said that there are no new ideas, only regenerated ideas. I don’t see it this way. What’s more, if you don’t have any new and innovative ideas or are not interested in […]Read More Five Tips for Generating New Writing Ideas
At the best of times every writer we know is always looking for new ideas. Sometimes they’re ideas for the next or even current project. Often, though, they’re put away in a journal, worked on from time to time, and there for the taking when writer’s block creeps in or just when you need to […]Read More A New Approach to Story Ideas for Writers
If you’re an avid reader, you probably think about books a lot: you think about what you’re currently reading (you love it, you hate it, you wonder what will happen next, you don’t care what will happen next, what you plan to read next—I need a book, I already have three books), or what you […]Read More New Year’s Resolution 2020: Learn to Pay Attention
It’s easy to publish a book in the twenty-first century digital world. You just sit down at your computer, write, format, cobble together a cover and press publish. It’s just that easy. Then you sit back and wait for the money to rain down upon you and fame to follow. Right? Not so much. You […]Read More Myths in the World of Writing & Publishing: Let’s Get Real
Don’t you love a really good movie trailer? Except when you eventually find out that the trailer showed you the only really good bits in the movie! What about a book trailer? Never heard of such a thing? Let us help you out with that. Book trailers are a thing of controversy among writers and […]Read More Book Trailers: Love them or hate them?
Stephen King wrote, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” And what writer these days could argue with Stephen King? Who would want to? We have two questions for you: What does a writer read? And…What should a writer read? The short […]Read More What should writers read?
Have you noticed something? Everything these days is awesome. Your coffee order at Starbucks is, “Awesome!” or so says the barista. You’ve just told the drycleaner that you’re dropping off two suit jackets. That, too, is “Awesome.” The sad truth is that when everything is awesome, nothing is awesome. When did those of us who […]Read More When words lose their meaning: Everything is awesome