May 3, 2011

You Don’t Have to be Alone

Posted in News tagged , , , , at 11:31 pm by laurenmiliotis

book coverThe 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

Welcome Back the Sweet Valley Girls

Posted in News tagged , , at 9:32 pm by laurenmiliotis

The twins are back.

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

Improve Your Writing This Week

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 8:23 pm by laurenmiliotis

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.

Read the full post here.

For more tips and information about submission, contests and more, subscribe to the Writer’s Relief free Submit Write Now! e-newsletter.

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

April Fools!

Posted in News tagged , , , at 7:41 pm by laurenmiliotis

Ready, steady, write!

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.

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March 21, 2011

21/3: World Poetry Day and Twitter’s Birthday

Posted in Anniversaries tagged , , at 11:26 pm by laurenmiliotis

March 21st, 2011, marks two different anniversaries; one, the eleventh year of World Poetry Day, first observed in 2000.  The other, five years since the very first tweet was sent via Twitter.

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March 20, 2011

French Author Completes Robert Louis Stevenson’s First Novel

Posted in News tagged , , at 10:12 pm by laurenmiliotis

Robert Louis Stevenson

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.

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March 13, 2011

Novelling by Lamppost

Posted in News tagged , , , at 8:58 pm by laurenmiliotis

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.

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March 3, 2011

Q&A with Anna, Queen of the NaNoEdMo Universe

Posted in Q&A tagged , , , , at 10:54 pm by laurenmiliotis

NaNoEdMo is in its fifth year

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.

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February 25, 2011

National Novel Editing Month

Posted in News tagged , , , at 7:01 pm by laurenmiliotis

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.

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February 24, 2011

Unknown Enid Blyton Book Discovered

Posted in News tagged , , at 7:57 pm by laurenmiliotis

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.

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