May 3, 2011
The general opinion is that the life of a writer is a lonely one, spent labouring over each book in solitude for months or years at a time. Lisa Lutz and David Hawyward, with their crime novel Heads You Lose, have proven that it doesn’t need to be that way.
Former romantic partners and long time friends, it was 13 years until Lisa approached her ex with a unique idea; she had written the first chapter of a crime novel, and wanted to collaborate on the rest. Not, however, in the traditional way. Read the rest of this entry »
April 18, 2011
Almost everyone has heard of the Wakefield Twins. The perfect blonde, blue-eyed sixteen year old twins from Sweet Valley, California, Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield were identical only in looks; their different personalities were summarized perfectly in the theme song to the Sweet Valley High 1994 series “One always calls out to you, the other’s shy and quiet, could there be two different girls who look the same.” Read the rest of this entry »
April 10, 2011
The best thing you can do to improve your writing is to write. But if you’re getting impatient in wanting to move forward and lack the patience or dedication, try Writer’s Relief 5-day guide:
Monday: Commit to writing for 5 minutes every day.
Tuesday: Evaluate your writing: work out what your strengths and weaknesses are, and address them every time you edit.
Wednesday: Focus on one paragraph or stanza. It is active? Vivid? Precise?
Thursday: Delete. Take yesterday’s paragraph and cut all the unnecessary words.
Friday: Submit. Submitting work and queries is all a part of being a writer.
Saturday and Sunday: Read something that inspires you.
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I decided to do April Fools after all. I can’t help it, just can’t resist a challenge. Current goal is at least 6,000, the total wordcount of all the assignments due in May. Current wordcount is 3,252… which would be great, if they weren’t all on other projects.
April 1, 2011
Did you know April 1st isn’t just April Fool’s day? It’s also the start of an entire month of two writing challenges, April Fools and Script Frenzy.
Came up with the perfect prank? Write about it in at least 500 words and make some new friends. Have it as the start, or one scene, of your brilliant screenplay.
March 21, 2011
March 20, 2011
Over 130 years after it was started, Robert Louis Stevenson’s previously unfinished first novel has been completed and is about to be published.
The Scottish writer, (1850-1894), is best known for Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
March 13, 2011
Publishing is now as easy as finding the right self-publishing company. Buying can be done with a few clicks of the mouse. One writer has come up with a more interactive approach; posting each page of their novel on lampposts around New York City along with directions to the next one.
March 3, 2011
Anna, better known online as QueenOfTheUniverse, is the person in charge of National Novel Editing Month and its small staff. In her late twenties, she has already participated in and won both National Novel Writing Month and Editing Month seven times.
February 25, 2011
March 2011 marks the fifth year of National Novel Editing Month, which runs from March 1st to March 31st. The challenge: to spend 50 hours editing a completed work.
February 24, 2011
Widely known for her children’s books such as The Famous Five or The Adventures of Noddy, a rare unknown and unpublished novel has been discovered among prolific late author Enid Blyton’s works, which were sold at auction for £40,000.