List Your Way to a Better (Writing) You

My least favorite part of the process is…? Copyediting. Spelling has never been my strongpoint. I particularly have problems with homophones and compound words. Trying to catch all those little flubs is no fun at all. But copyediting is important. It’s what elevates a manuscript from armature to pro. It makes the story clean andContinue reading “List Your Way to a Better (Writing) You”

The Quirks of the Slush Pile, P1

Ah, Wednesday. We meet again. As you probably know, I’ve been a first-reader for Waylines Magazine for several months now. Long enough to see some negative patterns in the submissions. Today I’d like to cover one of those negative aspects, and though this might be a discussion that’s a little rough on the ego, IContinue reading “The Quirks of the Slush Pile, P1”

Writers of the Future Workshop Week and Gala, Part 1

Ok, I’m nearly back on schedule. The Writers of the Future workshop week was wonderfully educational.  We had two amazing primary teachers, Dave Wolverton and Tim Powers, and a plethora of secondary speakers who all gave their take on different aspects of writing fiction professionally. When I arrived I was picked up at the airportContinue reading “Writers of the Future Workshop Week and Gala, Part 1”

Great Cause, Great Books

Hi all! I’m at the WotF workshop right now–having a blast, by the way–and I promise to post a full overview of the week when I get back. Our instructors for the workshop are Tim Powers and David Farland/Wolverton.  Both have been fantastic so far. Mr. Farland’s attendance has been especially appreciated, since he andContinue reading “Great Cause, Great Books”

WotF: Anonymity and the Number Eight

Note: Even if you’ve been entering a long time, I highly suggest you read this post.  You might be damaging your anonymity without realizing it. For those of you who don’t know, the Writers of the Future contest is open to amateurs looking to become professionals.  It’s designed to give them a leg-up in theContinue reading “WotF: Anonymity and the Number Eight”

Dragons, Anyone?: Lectures from Brandon Sanderson

Ok, this post has little to do with dragons.  But, I am here to introduce you to “Write About Dragons”–a blog dedicated to posting videos of Brandon Sanderson’s Introduction to Writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy class at BYU (its main focus is novel writing, but shorts do come up.  Eric James Stone is a guest inContinue reading “Dragons, Anyone?: Lectures from Brandon Sanderson”

Are you an Inny or an Outy?

No, no, keep your shirt on.  I’m not asking about your bellybutton.  I’m asking about your disposition.  Are you an introvert or an extrovert?  Or, perhaps something in between? I came across this interesting thread on AW: http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=242906 in which the OP asked if most writers were introverts.  I haven’t read the thread, so IContinue reading “Are you an Inny or an Outy?”

It’s WotF Workshop Week!

Hello all, If you’re interested in keeping up with what the winners are experiencing, I suggest visiting the W&IotF Herald. There you’ll get day-by-day updates and introductions to the new authors and illustrators. Feel free to fantasize about attending the workshop yourself.  😉 ~Marina

Looking for a Free Webinar?

Best-selling author Tracy Hickman is offering a free online webinar focusing on how to get read (rather than published) on Friday the 13th and Friday the 27th of April.  Each class is open to the fist twenty people who sign up, so if you’re interested, act fast!  Here’s the link: http://www.instantpresenter.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EA55D7898147 I’m signed up forContinue reading “Looking for a Free Webinar?”