WriteWorld: Where Your Ideas Come From
One of the most frequent questions I get as a writer is “where do you get your ideas from?” I’m always a bit baffled at first because sometimes I’m not really sure. It’s a difficult question to answer and I don’t think you can be a writer unless you have the ability to see…
This is fantastic advice! I’m an extrovert, but I always come up with my story ideas when I’m by myself for long stretches of time—driving, walking to the subway, while shopping, etc.
Hank's Tumblr: Thoughts on the Yahoo! Thing
First, I love Tumblr and want to keep loving it. And yes, it is immediately terrifying to hear that Yahoo (which, from a lot of our perspectives, is a laughably backwards and culturally irrelevant company) is going to own Tumblr, I sympathize.
But there are a number of circumstances in which…
WELL I FOR ONE AM TERRIFIED.
Miracle Ezine and Nostrovia! Poetry present...(A Publishing Opportunity for Poets)
Nostrovia! Poetry and Miracle Ezine are excited to present you with another publishing opportunity and chance to get your name out there, especially through this particular publication. This is a micro-chapbook/contest/anthology hybrid.
The anthology features the winner and short-list of a micro-chapbook contest. The winner is published in his/her own Nano Poem Collection (micro-chapbook), and also featured in an anthology of 5 other poet’s who made the short list.
^Check it yeah writers! -Liv
Your Writing and How to Take It Further
Hey yeah writers—check out our first guest blog, from indie new publisher Rowanvale Books. If you’re looking to semi-self publish, definitely check them out! In the mean time, these are great tips that they shared with us to help you have a very well-rounded writerly life. Enjoy! -Liv
Join a Writers’ Group or club in your area. Not only will you meet new people, and potentially good friends and contacts, but it never hurts to get a bit of objective advice. You will improve your critiquing skills by discussing others’ work, which you can then apply to your own writing. You also may well gain valuable nuggets of information that extend further than ‘writing’ itself – groups often discuss publishing as an industry, e-books, bookshops, agents, courses, and who knows what else. Writers’ Groups sometimes have speakers, too, which provide excellent networking opportunities with authors, editors, publishers and agents. The same goes for conferences, if you can get to them, and there a fair few webinars out there too.
Did anyone actually read “The Great Gatsby”?
One spring just before the financial crisis struck, students at Princeton University threw a Gatsby party. “It’s going to be big,”Â said an organizer, promising all the trappings of the novel’s soirees. “It’s going to be grandiose.” Gatsby parties are common, but this one stands out for its extravaganceâthe expected outlay was $20,000âand the particular irony…
I mean, of course we all did. So we can read this article and laugh at the plebeians.
Writing is physical work. It’s sweaty work. You can’t just will yourself to become a good writer. You really have to work at it.
I just want to give a shout out to all the teachers who made me rephrase my question to “I mean, may I go to the bathroom.” I rolled my eyes then but now I say to you Touché, Madam, touché.
Prompt idea by rosewinterborn:
You [or your character] go for a walk in the middle of the night and come across a gateway to another world. What do you [or your character] do, and what do you find?
“Until the mid-nineteenth century, most authors published their books at their own expense—Walt Whitman, for example, self-published (and typeset!) Leaves of Grass.
Self-publishing could change from stigma to bragging point—maybe we could change the term to “artisanal publishing” and foster the image of authors lovingly crafting their books with total control over the process.
What would you rather read: a mass-produced or artisanal book?”