• Meeting Your Favorite Writer

    By on November 16, 2017 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 6 comments
    Nov
    16

    When Roald Dahl was six he begged his mother to take him to meet Beatrix Potter, author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

    Potter was eighty then, and working in her garden when the pair showed up. She asked what the lad wanted. Young Dahl said he’d come to see Beatrix Potter. Potter replied, “Well, you’ve seen her. Now buzz off.”

    Potter didn’t like children.

    Dahl spent a lifetime not liking adults. read more

    Are You Writing? Week of 11.13.17

    By on November 14, 2017 Posted in Are You Writing?     Comments 4 comments
    Nov
    14

    Time for our weekly goals check-in!

    We’re about halfway through NaNoWriMo: Any of y’all working through a novel? How’s it going so far?

    What are your literary goals for this week? They can involve writing, editing, reading… whatever you want to accomplish, let us know below for a little bit o’ public accountability.

    Did you reach the goals you set last week? (I did, I did!) If you did, do some boasting and give yourself a pat on the back. (I pat, I pat!)

    If not, what kind of roadblocks did you run into, and how will you vault over them this week? read more

    Honestly, Abe: Editors Are the Worst

    By on November 7, 2017 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 8 comments
    Nov
    7

    Last week our friend Pete Greulich passed along what he called a “little bit of editing nostalgia from the 1860s.”

    While reading an Ida Tarbell bio of Lincoln, In the Footsteps of the Lincolns, Pete came across a passage detailing a kerfuffle between Lincoln and an editor who wanted to put one of Abe’s speeches “in pamphlet form for circulation.”

    The speech was his February 1860 Cooper Union address, an anti-slavery oration that is often credited as a major reason he won his party’s presidential nomination later that year.

    In other words, a speech that changed the course of our history.

    And yet… well, just like haters gonna hate, editors gonna edit. read more

    Are You Writing? Week of 11.6.17

    By on November 6, 2017 Posted in Are You Writing?     Comments 2 comments
    Nov
    6

    Another week, another writing goals accountability post.

    What are your literary goals for this week? They can involve writing, editing, reading… whatever you want to accomplish, let us know below for a little bit o’ public accountability.

    Did you reach the goals you set here last week? If you did, do some boasting and give yourself a pat on the back.

    If not, what kind of roadblocks did you run into, and how will you jump over them this week? read more

    Micro (Non)Fiction Challenge: Your Favorite TV Show

    By on October 31, 2017 Posted in Micro Fiction Challenge     Comments 30 comments
    Oct
    31

    [Image courtesy of Shutterstock]

    This month’s Micro Fiction Challenge is all upside-down and ass-backwards.

    The prize is the same as last time: A SIGNED copy of Michael Ausiello’s wonderful memoir, Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies, new from Simon & Schuster/Atria.

    But here’s the thing: Michael Ausiello himself will decide who wins his book!

    That’s right, friends, a fancy & famous guest judge right here at WriteByNight.

    Not only that, but this Micro Fiction Challenge is actually a Micro Nonfiction Challenge, and the subject matter is one that some of you might consider the writer’s worst enemy — televisionread more

    Are You Writing? Week of 10.30.17

    By on October 30, 2017 Posted in Are You Writing?     Comments 5 comments
    Oct
    30

    Happy Monday, writers! Are you writing?

    What are your literary goals for this week? (Writing, editing, reading, whatever.) If you want and/or need a little public accountability, share them in the comments.

    Did you reach the goals you set here last week? If so, why not do a little bragging!

    If you didn’t, what kind of roadblocks did you come across, and how will you bust through ’em this week? read more

    Does It Take a Village to Raise a Book?

    By on October 24, 2017 Posted in Strategies     Comments 17 comments
    Oct
    24

    TL;DR version: Should you share your work, or even your ideas, before the writing is done? Or should you keep it to yourself until “The End” so that you don’t risk losing psychological steam? Share your thoughts and approaches in the comments below!

     

    Last weekend I had a workshop with my writing group in which we discussed the new opening to the book I’m working on. This was the first time the gang had seen anything from this WIP. I was hella nervous.

    But their feedback was warming and encouraging, and their comments were helpful. Better yet, two of the guys alerted me to a flaw in my prologue that I would never have spotted on my own, and which would have been harder and harder to fix the deeper I got into the book.

    Such feedback is a major reason why it can be useful to have beta readers, or even beta idea-bouncers-off-of.

    But there can be a dark side to sharing your work, or even your idea, before it’s fully cooked. read more


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