The Creativity Superpower

~ By Rita Henuber   Lately, in writers groups, there has been some discussion about keeping the joy in our writing. There are a bazillion answers to this. I think one is by indulging our other creative talents.  Yeaph. OTHER creative talents. Authors are very creative people. Think about all the other talents you have and how those creative outlets can nourish your writing.  Here are a few. Sewing. BTW I hear it’s coming back as a thing. Many Historical Romance authors make costumes.  Knitting and crocheting. Setting a proper table is now considered an...

Today’s Superpower is Curiosity

~ By Rita Henuber   Author’s professional curiosity is a huge subject on many levels. It begins with, can I write a book? Should I write a book? How do I write a book? Flash forward to a truckload of how do I promote and gain new reader questions. I believe an author’s personal curiosity keeps the joy in writing. It ignites the imagination and fuels the creativity tank. Curiosity isn’t just asking questions, it’s challenging yourself to come up with your own discoveries. Please. Please. When you do ask questions, don’t be an ask...

Writers are Superheroes

~ By Rita Henuber Writers are superheroes. Their superpowers are: Imagination, Curiosity, and Creativity. IMO, superpowers we all need to write our stories. This week, I’ll be sharing my thought s on each of these powers Today I’ll begin with: The Imagination Super Power In the top five questions authors are asked is: “Where do you get your stories?”  For a while when I was asked this I quickly said, “the Amazon story store.”  I mean, Amazon sells live ladybugs and rents goats, why not sell stories?  But alas, I had to stop because too many asked me for the...

Dreams, Sacrifices, and Perseverance

~ By Negeen Papehn Following my dreams has been a lot harder than I thought it would be at seventeen. The world was full of possibilities then, bursting at the seams with all the things I envisioned I would accomplish by the age of forty. Now, as I stare back into the past two decades, I realize there were so many dreams I had to let go of because life just got in the way. I am a wife, mother to two demanding boys, a sister and daughter to an expectant family, and a dentist by trade. I just recently...

How my Interior Design Degree Prepared me to be a Writer

~ By Christine Meram “Did you major in Creative Writing?” That was a question, at a family event, that had me recollect my writing journey. How I got into writing, starting from an unfamiliar place, yet with very familiar settings. I never sought a writing career, in fact, at times, I think it chose me, through my love of storytelling. I was in my mid-twenties, finding a way to creatively express myself, outside of the rigorous and grueling Interior Design program, I had found myself. I would spend hours, compiling research about different places, creating intricate backstories for my pretend...

My Story as a Playlist

~ By Melina Kantor When I tell people that I always, always, always create a soundtrack for my WIP, the response is often, “Oh. Well I can’t write to music.” You know what? I honestly can’t either. I get too distracted and too lost, especially by songs I feel connected to. Music can turn my brain into a sort of popcorn popper, causing all kinds of disorganized ideas to zing around my head. Which, actually is the point. Building and listening to a story soundtrack (a trick I learned from Lani Diane Rich) helps me discover my stories and create...

My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

(Or how I eventually got an agent) ~ By Laura Trentham  I’m casting back a couple of years to tell you about my worst writing week ever. What’s the old adage? Bad things come in threes (or more!) Alexander had lots of bad things happen to him over a long, miserable day. My bad stuff was spread over a week. Your bad stuff may happen over a month or a season, but it never fails to come in a clump, in my experience. Let me set things up by saying the months leading up to my terrible, horrible, no good,...

And then came Annie’s Karma

~ Chelle Cordero Writing a sequel wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve done. I had written series books before: Bartlett’s Rule & Courage of the Heart (Survivor Series); His Lucky Charm & Within the Law (Cousins Series); Final Sin & Hyphema (EMS Series) — but this was the first time I wrote an actual sequel. What’s the difference? In two of my series I did have recurring characters, but it was always another couple who was the main focus of the book. I created Annie and Dave in Karma Visited and the story could have ended there, but it didn’t. You...

Sometimes It’s Better to Pretend You Just Didn’t See It

~ By Jeff Salter It seems I have interesting experiences quite often. Take, as an example, this one from March 29th last year — which should have been an ordinary morning visit to my local credit union. Even though most of the staff know me, I still pull out my billfold to show my I.D. (as several little signs instruct us to do). On this occasion, when I flipped my wallet open, there sat a tiny orange thing that resembled a short piece of a rubber band. The teller lady seemed as surprised as I was. She didn’t ask,...

GOAL SETTING FOR 2018 – GET SMART

~ By Katina Drennan  Out with the old, in with the NEW, right? For most of us, the NEW means setting NEW writing goals for the coming year. Some of us have been at this a while and we know what works for us and what doesn’t. But many of us go about this task with “fear and loathing”. This year, I’m borrowing from my past. As a safety consultant, I taught my clients how to set SMART goals, and darned if they don’t apply to writing as well as accident prevention. How do you know if your goals are...

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