Can you Really Write a Book in Two Weeks?

By Magdalena Ball “You can write a novel in 14 days or less!” Sound familiar? I’ve seen a number of advertisements recently selling “how-to” guides on speedwriting. They offer some tempting promises, including that you will be able to (guaranteed!) write a fabulous book, either fiction or nonfiction, within a very short space of time, … Read more

Author Appearances: Top Ten Tips

By C. Hope Clark Your heart races, banging against your ribs, your chest, your throat. Fingers grip a pen to disguise the shake. The other hand flattens on your leg, your side, and your leg again drying the moisture that never disappears. You did not bargain for exhibition when you entered the world of writing. … Read more

Book Review Barbara Wallraff Word Court

Word Court: Wherein Verbal Virtue Is Rewarded, Crimes Against the Language Are Punished, and Poetic Justice Is Done By Barbara Wallraff Review by Andrea M. Chester Barbara Wallraff’s Word Court: Wherein Verbal Virtue Is Rewarded, Crimes Against the Language Are Punished, and Poetic Justice Is Done reminds me of my favorite English professor, and her … Read more

Getting the Scoop on Poetry Contest Scams

By Linda Alice Dewey “Congratulations! Your poem has been selected for our next anthology.” Every year, these words bring tears to the eyes of thousands of poets, first from joy— then from anger. Why the anger? Because in many cases, they’ve been swindled. Submitting work to a legitimate writing contest can be a rewarding experience, … Read more

Interview: Lois Duncan

Interview by RoseEtta Stone Lois Duncan is a multiple award-winning author of more than forty books, most of which are YA (young adult) metaphysical/ paranormal-themed suspense novels. She’s received fifteen international young readers’ awards. There are so many questions to ask you; why don’t we begin with your banned books? You knew that Killing Mr. … Read more

Book Review: 45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters

Book Review: 45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt 45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters. By Victoria Lynn Schmidt Writer’s Digest Books 298 pages 2001 Amazon.com price: $13.99 Victoria Lynn Schmidt is a screenwriter for both film and television who was once told at film school … Read more