Writers Can’t Help But Take Things Personally

by Michelle Griep, @MichelleGriep

Ahh, the writing life. What a dream. Making up stories and drinking coffee all day in your pajamas. It doesn’t get any better than that, eh?

But hold on there, Hoss. The writing life isn’t always like that. In fact, sometimes it’s downright awful, especially when:

  • you get a review disparaging your novel, your morals, and your pet parakeet
  • you don’t feel like your writing is being championed by your agent,

Turning Fact into Fiction

by Liz Tolsma, @LizTolsma 

Perhaps you hear a fascinating story from a friend or family member. Maybe you read great article in the paper or online. Whatever the case, you’re eager to write the storySince you’re a fiction writer, it will be a novel. Then you realize the amount of research involved, and your first reaction is to run to the hills screaming. You’re not up for this.

6 Building Blocks of Writing Conflict

by Ane Mulligan, @AneMulligan, +AneMulligan

I cut my authorial teeth on writing plays for use in the church. They ran the gambit from 90-second sermon-starters to full-length musicals. My first novel was a Biblical fiction in which I strung together scenes from Jesus’ life, interspersed with the fictional characters. Just like the plays. But other than the Pharisees wanting to crucify Jesus, there was no conflict.

I filed that book under my bed and turned to contemporary fiction,

Writing for the Me of Then

by Normandie Fischer, @WritingOnBoard

A few years ago, back in my full-time editing days, I gave a talk in Portland, Oregon, on “Writing the Crossover Book.” Today, I’d like to share what I consider my crossover reader.

I have friends who write only for one particular audience, the audience of their peers. But that has never been my goal, especially as my peers have changed just as I have over the decades of my life.