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Writer’s Inspiration

In Uncategorized on February 20, 2011 at 10:58 am

Look here every Saturday for a weekly writing exercise that will get you warmed up and inspired to return to your novel. Who knows, it could turn out to be your next short story or even the next chapter of your novel! When you complete the exercise, share it with us by posting it on our blog as a comment.
This week’s activity:

You are a disgruntled Tooth Fairy. You can’t understand why Santa and even the Easter Bunny get more attention than you. You just visited twins who expected $20 per tooth. Start with: I can’t believe…

Good luck!

Leannere’

This week’s inspiration is taken from the book, The Write Brain Workbook, by Bonnie Neubauer.

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Writer’s Inspiration

In Uncategorized on February 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Look here every Saturday for a weekly writing exercise that will get you warmed up and inspired to return to your novel. Who knows, it could turn out to be your next short story or even the next chapter of your novel! When you complete the exercise, share it with us by posting it on our blog as a comment.
This week’s activity:

Write a Valentine’s Day letter to the wealthiest person you’ve ever heard of. Butter them up big time, flatter them to your heart’s content, and then ask for something outrageous!

Start with:

Dear ________,
You are, without a doubt, the most…

Good luck!

Leannere’

This week’s inspiration is taken from the book, The Write Brain Workbook, by Bonnie Neubauer.

Writer’s Inspiration

In Uncategorized on February 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Look here every Saturday for a weekly writing exercise that will get you warmed up and inspired to return to your novel.  Who knows, it could turn out to be your next short story or even the next chapter of your novel!  When you complete the exercise, share it with us by posting it on our blog as a comment.

Just head outside to get some inspiration for this week’s exercise:

DON’T use any of these words in your story:  COLD, CHILL, SNOW, ICE, SLEET, FLURRY, WINTER, FREEZING, SHIVER.

Start with: We arrived in the Arctic at noon and immediately ventured out into the 30 feet of blinding white…

Good luck!

Leann

This week’s inspiration is taken from the book, The Write Brain Workbook, by Bonnie Neubauer.

Opinions Wanted

In Uncategorized on February 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Up until now, I have been trying to offer information and suggestions based on what I have learned thus far about this somewhat taunting task of writing. Lately I have been pursuing agents and publishers. And I thought writing it was daunting! I know I am just frustrated and ranting here, but it’s our blog site and I just need it! Still being somewhat green (dare we say very green) and no doubt naive, I have some questions for our readers who might have a bit more experience. It is not that I haven’t looked for answers, just that the answers are always different. So who to believe? Please wade in and give me your best take on a number of issues. Some of these are tactical questions, others just out of pure frustration.

One. You may consider this a rant. Are there not any agents or publishers who comprehend the value of a good Saturday afternoon read? Must it be a literary work with profound meaning containing the potential to change the way the world turns? I don’t read that kind of stuff. What percentage of the population does? How many books of poetry do you have on your shelf? I have one from grade nine.

Two. I know it’s about making money. I know the established writers have a following so people will buy the stuff with little thought. Have you tried to read some of the “old boys” recent stuff? I’m sorry but some of it is terrible. I can’t read it. Please notice I said “some” in both statements. OK. So on the one hand I have the high brow stuff I don’t want to read, and on the other, the stuff I can’t force myself to read. Is this just me or are there others out there who find the same thing? I really want to know. Maybe I am just kidding myself. Maybe I must expand my field of reading.

Three. I know the publishing world is changing with new technology and we are not exactly sure of where it is going and how fast it is going to get there BUT, is this new demand from so many publishing companies, that we be responsible for everything except physically running off the copies, the new reality? It seems to me that so many want an iron clad book that they don’t have to invest any time or money into, yet they wish to make the profits. I hear how competitive it is out there right now, with the changes and the economy. So is this the new reality?

Four. Considering all of the above, for new unpublished writers, do we accept this reality (if it is indeed reality and not my perception) and start taking offers where we are virtually responsible for every facet of publishing? Is it simply because I have not written the next classic? The next bizarre thriller with some unheard of concept or twist? Is a good page turner just simply not good enough? Even though lots of “average” readers out there might enjoy it?

OK, I’m done. Just frustrated, but I feel better for ranting. Having said all of this, I do realize that the answer is writing that great book. Not a good book, but a great book. The scary thing is the self-doubt that sets in and you question whether you really can write it. Like my momma once said, “We can’t all be brain surgeons.” But for now, I will try to sharpen my scalpel and get back to writing – cause my next one is even better than the last.

Take that publishing world! – Dan

Hallelujah and all that jazz.

In Uncategorized on February 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm

It has happened.  You doubted it (don’t pretend you didn’t).  Hell, even I doubted but it has happened.

I have a date for Valentine’s Day!

Now, I don’t want to be one of the snotty people that I usually hate that flaunt the fact that they will not be alone, crying into an empty tin of Quality Street.  I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I will most likely be receiving roses over a candlelight dinner while I am constantly told how beautiful I am.  No, I wouldn’t do that- it would be cruel.

So who is my sexy, mysterious new boyfriend you ask?  Well, I was sitting down at my desk yesterday when I received the following email.

To: Nflemming@makka.co.uk

From: ggreen@holstersmith.co.uk

Natalie,

It was a pleasure to read your want ad.  If you would like to meet me for a drink tomorrow night, I would love to meet you and see where this goes.

Greg.

I quickly wrote back.

To: ggreen@holstersmith.co.uk

From: Nflemming@makka.co.uk

Dearest Greg,

It was a pleasure hearing from you.  I would love to have a drink with you.  I know a great place called Comos which has great food and drinks.  Not that I am saying we have to have dinner together- but I am not saying I don’t want to have dinner with you either.  If we both want to eat then we can do that, or if you want to eat alone we can get two tables.  Though, if we are both going to be there and eating we might as well eat together.  I leave it up to you shall I?

Always, Natalie

Okay, so we are going for a drink tomorrow night-  technically he hasn’t said anything about Valentine’s Day, but I feel it is sort of implied.  I mean, I am basically his girlfriend now, right?

*Click here to read more Natalie’s Nook.

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Photographer: Michal Marcol

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