Quid Novi Results

OK, bragging rights are in order for Crystal Publishing. Jo Fontana, an up-and-coming author, won first place for her short story "The Plant Lady." She has a soon-to-be-released series of children's literature -- the Turtle Monkey series (art by Dion Weichers) Crystal Publishing is running a short story contest right now.  The due date is… Continue reading Quid Novi Results


Brave New World Part III

Brave New World Part III No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor of thy friend's… Continue reading Brave New World Part III

The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!

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November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too!

If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need.

NaMo what now?

NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to posting every single day in November.

310,095 participants started the month of November as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

NaNoWriMo 2013 at a Glance

Although the two events are separate, they share a history: NaBloPoMo started in response to NaNoWriMo, when a group of bloggers who lacked the time or inclination to write…

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101 of the Best Fiction Writing Tips, Part I

Calling characters by their proper names in dialog almost always sounds phoney. There’s never a perfect time for writing, so stop waiting for it. Increase the stakes for your characters to prevent sagging story middles. To write a better book, write your query letter first. Bigger doesn’t mean better. Use simple words instead of deliberately… Continue reading 101 of the Best Fiction Writing Tips, Part I