Top Seven Takeaways from Writing Conferences (Part 5): Critique Sessions

Many conferences offer critique sessions in a group setting or one-on-one feedback meetings with a professional writer, editor, or agent. Is it worth missing out on another session to attend a critique? YES! Even if you are in an MFA program or have a phenomenal writing group, the feedback you receive in those critique session…

What to Write When Nothing Comes

Maybe you’ve been lucky and never drawn a blank when sitting down to write. But if you’re like me, you’ve sat. And sat. And looked up prompts. And doodled. And refreshed your coffee. Or tea. Or water. Or whiskey. You’ve told yourself, “Go!” then stared numbly at the screen. So you surfed the net, checked and…

March Giveaway Winner!

Giveaway Winner! Congratulations to the winner of my March Giveaway – James Stack! The Random Number Gods have shined their light upon him, and James will receive a Banned Books Mug from Out of Print! Didn’t win? Have no fear! April is just around the corner and it brings with it another fabulous giveaway! Be…

March Giveaway!

Read on to find out how you can win the awesome mug from Out of Print pictured on the left! Short on time? Scroll to the bottom for details. If you have a writer or book lover  in your life (or if you are the writer/bibliophile), you know it isn’t always easy to find a…

Time to Celebrate!

After participating in the October Platform Challenge hosted by Writer’s Digest and Robert Lee Brewer, I was fortunate to find an amazing list of writers with phenomenal blogs and websites. DMG Byrnes is one of those writers and she was the winner of the Platform Challenge, an honor which included a stack of wonderful writing…

February Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to the winner of my February Giveaway, writer S.K. Lamont!  S.K. will receive a new copy of Tom Rob Smith’s bestselling thriller, Child 44 as well as a DVD copy of the movie, which was released in 2015. Way to go, S.K.! Didn’t win? Don’t worry – March’s Giveaway is just around the corner!

Top Seven Takeaways from Writing Conferences (Part 4): Logistics Tricks

**Don’t forget to enter my February Giveaway – ends tomorrow (2/12)!** Ah, the thrill of walking into a room of strangers! Who doesn’t love looking for a place to sit and finding something to occupy yourself with before the action begins? Who doesn’t love negotiating the lunch line, eyeing all of the already-full tables of chatting…

February Giveaway Ends Friday!

Don’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY! Ends this Friday, 2/12. In honor of Leap Year, I’m giving away a book (and its DVD partner) that make the leap from novel to screen. Details can by found on the original blog post (click here) or by visiting my Facebook page and using the Giveaway tab (click here). It…

Pondering Poetry: What’s a Poet to Do?

** Don’t forget to enter my February GIVEAWAY! Enter by 2/12 to win! ** I love to read poetry. It makes me feel in a way that little else does. I also love to write poetry. If I am honest (and I believe I am an honest person), I think I mostly write bad poetry. Sigh….

GIVEAWAY! Book & DVD combo – Child 44

In honor of Leap Year, I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY with a nod to books that have made the leap (see what I did there?) from the page to the screen! You can enter at the bottom of my post OR click here to enter now! There are hundreds of books that have been turned into movies (for an…

Missing In Action – My Apologies!

I’ve been absent from the online scene since December, and I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things as January comes to a close. The reason? Carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists. Ouch. I think it was the combination of NaNoWriMo, my day job (lots of fine motor work), plus several freelance jobs… Too much…