Poverty–One Man’s Opinion

Selected definitions of poverty from various online dictionaries: 1)The state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor. 2)The state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of Continue reading Poverty–One Man’s Opinion

Impressions of “A Weekend with your Novel” workshop

I attended an excellent workshop at the University of Wisconsin last weekend with the aforementioned title. Designed to give you a jump-start on your work no matter what stage of creation you are at—just starting, ready to publish, or somewhere in Continue reading Impressions of “A Weekend with your Novel” workshop

Permission to blog about anything … GRANTED!

My early nominee for blog post of the month, although I stumbled upon it very late. http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/sacred-cow-tipping-why-writers-blogging-about-writing-is-bad/#comment-15093 I hope to be inspired to blog more often, and subsequently be more interesting to read as well as showing more of the real Continue reading Permission to blog about anything … GRANTED!

Thinker’s Block vs. Writer’s Block

All writers claim to have writer’s block at one point or another in their careers. It’s sort of a badge of honor: if you haven’t broken through that dam of stopped-up prose at least once, you can’t really call yourself a Continue reading Thinker’s Block vs. Writer’s Block

Interesting article about self-publishing

I found this on Mises.org and thought some of the links to copyrighting options for self-publishers are worth a look. http://mises.org/daily/5571/Indie-Authors-Shaking-the-Pillars-of-Publishing Do you have any other copyrighting websites to share? Have you used one of those sites and was it Continue reading Interesting article about self-publishing

Whate I’ve learned from writing 500 critiques

For better or worse, writing 500 critiques (502 to be exact) is a milestone, so I thought I’d ruminate over what benefits I might have received from doing all that reading of submissions and writing of criticisms. First, I’ve typed Continue reading Whate I’ve learned from writing 500 critiques

My nominee for best writing-oriented blog post of the year

I had to share this with everyone I know, would like to know, or don’t know but should know in the writing community … I think you get my point. What do you think? Which of his tips stand out Continue reading My nominee for best writing-oriented blog post of the year

Fishing for readers

I’ve been reading about first lines, opening lines, first paragraphs, first pages, first chapters and the necessity of persuading readers into buying/reading ones novel. The common term used for the first ‘whatever’ is ‘hook’. Since I’m an occasional angler who only Continue reading Fishing for readers

“The Help” by Kathyrn Stockett—A writer’s review

My wife and I recently returned from a vacation in Voyageurs National Park (VNP) in northern Minnesota. We rented a houseboat for a week and motored up and down the southern shore of Rainy Lake, one of four large lakes Continue reading “The Help” by Kathyrn Stockett—A writer’s review