Posts Tagged ‘writing’

UK based #writing #contests

December 2, 2012 Leave a comment

I came a great site today that lists writing competitions. Some have entry fees, some not.

Click here for details.

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GUEST BLOG: Chris Redding

November 28, 2011 1 comment


I love them.

But I am not productive during them. I like my routine though I do need to shake it up sometimes. But it is my routine that keeps me on an even keel. It is my routine that allows me to write and be productive.

I’m writing this two days after Thanksgiving. I’m not stuffed. We had a huge hike yesterday, but I am a little discombobulated. Not that I would trade in any holiday for anything.

I just wish I knew a better way to get back on the wagon of my routine. So here I am writing a blog post and not really sure what to say in it.

Later I have to write a longer one.

Still not sure what to say in that one.

I know writers who don’t take time off. I don’t think that’s good for everyone. I’m someone who needs down time. I also need to live and interact with my family. They kind of like when I do that.

But what I really want to do is finish my next workshop. I need to do a little more research and then finish the lectures, but I can’t seem to wrap my brain around it.

I’m sure this happens to writers, but does it happen to others?

Does an electrician say he doesn’t feel like wiring today? Nope.

So what am I doing? Priming the pump with this blog post. Just write. Just sit in the chair and move your hands over the keyboard. It will prime the pump. You will get moving again. You just have to commit to it.

The other option is called “Refilling the Well.” Do something creative other than writing. If you like to knit or arrange flowers. Whatever you hobby/skill is, do it. Then come back to the keyboard and you will find that the words flow.

Thanks for listening to my ramble.

Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her husband, two kids, one dog and three rabbits. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. When she isn’t writing she works part time for her local hospital.

Guest Blog: Writers of Anthology

September 17, 2011 Leave a comment

All Things Dark and Dastardly Anthology—Finding the Darkness Within

Murder, mystery, horror, and a splash of urban fantasy—that’s what makes up the anthology All Things Dark and Dastardly.  When the All Things Writing bloggers began creating this fun little book, we really weren’t sure how it would turn out.  After all, everyone in the group writes in completely different genres! However, we discovered a unifying link—darkness. If a story is dark, foreboding and just a bit twisted, it tends to get a solid thumbs up from our collective minds! It seemed only natural that we’d put our own stories together and create something that appealed to the darker side of humanity.

Dark stories stir readers on many different levels. They are an outlet for the wicked things we sometimes think about but would never actually do. Or would we? There’s always that possibility that one could lose control and take matters into their own hands, creating a dastardly outcome. A perfect example of this can be seen in Jeff Lindsay’s complex character, Dexter, who is brought to life on TV with eerie perfection by Anthony C. Hall on the Showtime series of the same name.  Dexter is a serial killer. However, he only kills other serial killers. He follows a very strict code of conduct taught to him by his cop father. Talk about darkness!  Dexter is appealing because even though a reader or viewer might despise his actions, it’s hard not to root for him, too. He’s doing what most people would never be brave enough to attempt, and in his own way, he serves justice to those who might never receive it in the legal system. You definitely are tapping in to your inner darkness when you find yourself hoping that Dexter is going to slice and dice the bad guy.

It’s this same kind of inner darkness that we’ve tried to capture in our book All Things Dark and Dastardly. We’ve taken ordinary situations—getting a tattoo, visiting a water park, or opening a can of soup—and given them a foreboding spin. The tattoo takes on a life of its own, taunting and tormenting its new owner until they face their sins or are consumed by them.  A dragon themed ride at the waterpark is “wished” to life, causing havoc for those looking for innocent summer fun.  And just what do you do when you open a can of soup only to find a hairy finger in it that you’re pretty sure belonged to your recently deceased mother?  Ah, life can be tough when you live in a dark and dastardly world…

Brought to you by award winning writers Kaye George, Steve Metze, and Mary Ann Loesch, All Things Dark and Dastardly will be available in October. For more information or to get writing tips sure to help channel your dark side, check out

What’s Your Genre?

People on the Novels group of the Internet Writing Workshop are most likely sick of my obsession with genres :-),  but it is really important to know which slot your book fits in. Agent Query has a great article on this, and they also list more resources. Well worth the time to check it out. Click here for details.

The Terry Pratchett Award for Debut Writers

The puzzlingly named award, First Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now has been divided between two first-time novelists. This is a pretty generous award – £20,000 for previously unpublished novelists. More than 500 writers submitted entries, with Michael Logan and David Logan (no relation) chosen as the joint winners from a shortlist of six.

Both will receive a publishing contract from Pratchett’s publisher Transworld. The prize money will be split between the two.

5 Free Ebooks Every Writer Needs

June 5, 2011 2 comments

Another great post from the fine folks at the Writer’s Digest. Click here for details.


Good Editing Tip

June 4, 2011 4 comments

When I’m editing my 91,000 word manuscript (over and over and over), one thing that seems to help catch typos is changing fonts. But another tip which is said to help (and which I’ve been too lazy to employ) is to read your work out loud.

Click here for another writer’s perspective.

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Just got done with Sandra Brown’s Envy. What a marvel of a plot! Even if you’re not into Women’s Fiction, are turned off by anything non-literary (a.k.a   commercial fiction), this is worth a read. Completely gripping page turner, one twist after another, and more marvelously – from the point of this writer – no loose ends left untied.

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Free Writing Contest

This from the CRWROPPS-B group on yahoo:
DePaul University Summer Writing Conference
July 15-17
Chicago, Loop Campus

Submit 3 poems, 1 creative nonfiction piece (10 pages or less), or 1 short story (10 pages or less) for the chance to win a Featured Reader spot at DePaul’s Summer Writing Conference, July 15-17. No entry fee. A winner from each of the three genres will be chosen.

Please email submissions to Chris Green, <> by June 20. Everyone who submits work will be notified by email of contest results in late June.
Replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail.

Click here for the conference schedule. Highlights include:
Keynote Speaker: Journalist and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz will be speaking about “Storytelling as Bearing Witness” and will preview his new film, The Interruptors.
Craft Classes in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and writing for children and teens taught by some of the leading writers in the country.

Panels on such topics as Career Paths for Writers, Authorial Marketing, The art of the Query Letter, and The Future of Independent Publishing.

Readings: The first two nights of the conference include food, drinks, participant open mikes, contest winner readings, and faculty readings.

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How NOT to write a bestseller

Read an interesting post this morning that I think is worth sharing. About what sells in America (and what does not). Click here for the entire post.