Tag Archives: writing

February 15

Meet the Author: Forty Years In A Day by Mona Rodriguez | Arbiter News

  Meet the Author: Forty Years In A Day by Mona Rodriguez | Arbiter News.

February 14

Novelist Chris Orcutt Shares Insight With Writers

Chirs Orcutt, author of the Dakota Stevens Mystery Series, shares his insight on writing, inspiration, and selecting what to write about. Please check out his amazing article at our sister site, Arbiter News.   Read: “Paying Attention as a Fiction Writer”

February 21

Launch of Arbiter News, Best of the Week, Call for Contributors

I am delighted to announce the launch of Arbiter News! We believe there should be a place on the internet where thinkers can articulate their findings on a subject, present both sides, and have meaningful dialogue with others without the polarizing rhetoric that dominates the media today. The change starts with the philosophy of the organization. It’s time […]

January 02

Grammar Tip: Writing Numbers

Rule: Single digit, whole numbers should be spelled out. Numbers greater than nine should be written in numeral form.  I have four siblings. She gave me 10 pieces of candy

July 02

On Writing, Stephen King

***** Pocket Books, 2002 ISBN 0743455967 This is the book everyone asks if you’ve read when you say that you write for a living.  Embarrassingly, I hadn’t read it. Now I’ve read it twice in less than two weeks.  And will probably read it many more times. This book surprised me, amazed me, and kicked […]

April 28

The Power of Small Things, guest post by Elizabeth Jennings, author of THE BUTTON COLLECTOR

Elizabeth Jennings, author of THE BUTTON COLLECTOR Years ago, I began writing a novel based on a family’s collection of discarded buttons because I liked the idea of small, tangible items telling stories that weave together to form a larger truth. At the time, I had no idea how many button aficionados exist in this […]

Bloggers: writers, cooks, cyclists helping each other on Facebook

February 27, 2013 – A Facebook page can be a great way to grow your readership and exposure.  However, your page is only as successful as the number of people who have “liked” it.  When someone likes your page, any update, link, picture and video that you post appears on that person’s main Facebook feed. So […]

January 26

10 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

  All writers experience writers’s block.  What is important is getting through it.  Some techniques will work for you, while others may not.  It is important to find what you are successful with and continuing to develop that technique or exercise.  Try each once or twice, then repeat the ones that gave you the best […]

October 28

Writing a Novel Using the Snowflake Method

There are several versions of the Snowflake Method to writing a novel.  My personal favorite is Randy Ingermanson’s version on his website, AdvancedFictionWriting.com.  I strongly suggest reading Ingermanson’s page on the Snowflake Method if you are about to put it into practice.  I based my version largely on Ingermanson’s, but being a visual learner and […]

Gabriel García Márquez, How Ideas For Stories and Novels Are Born: An Image

It all starts with an image… This is a short excerpt from Gabriel García Márquez‘s El olor a la guayaba (The Smell of Guava), a series of interviews/conversations with Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza (Tunja, 1932), Colombian politician, journalist and writer.  The translation is mine: Mendoza: What is, in your case, the starting point of a book? García […]