Boy, I hate that dress. Not too long ago this statement wouldn’t even have made sense, but now visiting Twitter and looking up “#thedress” leads you to millions of blog posts, photos, and comments about this recent social media trend. Even Hollywood actors and well-known musicians have started jumping onto this bandwagon. Now it seems […]Read more "“The Dress” and Writing Trends"
If I had to name my biggest frustration with blogging up to this point, it would be that I have yet to launch a really successful contest. According to more experienced bloggers, hosting a contest is a wonderful way to generate traffic for your blog and expand your writing network. I can testify to the […]Read more "Help Needed: Running a Successful Blogging Contest"
“Variety is the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor.” William Cowper “The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.” Felix Mendelssohn I love the freshness of each new season. As we move into a particularly cold winter I’ve found myself shivering in freezing rain and […]Read more "“All Shook Up” – The Power of Variety in Blogging"
Things have been a little lonely around the blogosphere this past month, as a large majority of writers dedicated themselves to participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). As the blogging community became something of a ghost town, I had to continually remind myself to take a deep breath, keep calm, and just continue […]Read more "5 Writing Quotes to Keep You Inspired During the Busiest Month of the Year…"
There are literally millions of theories floating around about what ingredients make up good writing. Few, however, have been around as long as the “Six Elements of Good Drama” found in Aristotle’s Poetics. Second only to plot, Aristotle proposes that the most important element of a good story is its character, or that invisible […]Read more "Does Your Writing Have Character?"
I really do want to publish a book someday, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at my manuscript. Mainly because it’s – well – nonexistent. I could spout any number of excuses about the demands of graduate school, foster parenting, and working two jobs, but we’d all know better. I could also give […]Read more "Seeing the BIG Impact of Small Writing Projects"
“I’m much faster now. When you only have a certain amount of time to write, after a while you learn to use your time well… or you stop writing.” Alice Hoffman Like anything else in life, good writing takes time. If you’re like me, however, time is one thing you never seem to […]Read more "Write Around the Clock: 4 Time-Saving Tips"
Does it feel like your Facebook posts have gone invisible? Have you sat at your computer in utter shock after advertising a blog post on Facebook and finding that it has received zero attention from your friends and acquaintances? If you can relate to this, then take a nice, deep breath. No, you are not […]Read more "Three Easy Ways to Keep Your Facebook Posts Visible"
Five Easy Ways to Cheer Yourself On! “A positive attitude is one of the most valuable assets a person can have in life.” – John Maxwell, Developing the Leaders Around You The most important thing a writer can do for him or herself is make a conscious effort to stay encouraged and stay positive! The […]Read more "Five Easy Ways to Cheer Yourself On!"