Being hooked on webcomics over the years, I love one unique strip called Unshelved. The comic is set in a library, features library staff as the main characters plus a teen who keeps trying to sneak adult books out. The writer and artist, Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes, continuously roll with typical library situations and hilarious coping skills. They used to hold a Pimp My Book Cart event every year. http://www.unshelved.com/ Continue reading “Will Work for Books”
The best way to enjoy the coming holiday season is to prepare as much as possible in advance. That’s right, making lists and checking them twice. Gifts, parties, school plays, concerts, and feasts. This applies to your health more than any other area. How are you going to eat the right foods and get the exercise you need when you are so busy? Don’t even think about writing time and edits. Continue reading “Healthy Holidays!”
Once almost every month, I learn something really important about the craft of writing. Often I learn things through out the months, but on the third Saturday, I know I will be getting together with lots of my fellow writers, some published, some just beginning, some like me in a weird middle ground. And we will have a speaker or two and we will learn important things. Continue reading “News of the Day”
Writers write. We sit in chairs, or couches, or at tables. We use pens, pencils, tables, computers, even crayons when inspiration strikes. If we are smart, or lucky, we use a balance ball for some of the sitting, or have a stand up desk, or top of the wish list, a treadmill desk. Continue reading “Supporting Characters”
I was reading a magazine, and needed to turn the page. But no matter how many times I tapped the right edge of the page, it didn’t turn. I am ashamed to admit how long it took me to realize that I was reading paper, not my reader. (I actually have a Nook, but Nook Finger just sounds wrong.) Continue reading “Kindle Finger”
I devote one post every month to health issues for writers, but I certainly hope you take time to be healthy every day. A quick tip on ways to not sit for too long: I’ll set a timer for 30 minutes and write whatever comes to mind. Doesn’t matter the grammar or the sentence structure or worry about ‘will the reader get what I’m trying to say here.’ Then when the timer goes off, I’ll set another timer for 10 minutes and go wash dishes or pick up toys, or vacuum; anything that gets me away from the computer. But, once the 10 minutes are up, even if I’m right in the middle of X activity, I stop and go write for another half hour. – Bren K. from Scribophile. Continue reading “Ears and Eyes: Important Equipment for Writers”
We write only to rewrite. That’s a law. You can write all you want to, and if you keep it to yourself, that’s fine. But what if you share it with someone? What if they make suggestions on how to make it better?
You have several choices. You can put the manuscript away and never write another word. This is a bad choice. Continue reading “Cutting Remarks”