Recently I had the opportunity to do manuscript evaluations for two writers who had many things in common—and one important difference. Both writers had completed drafts for mysteries with an edge of romance. They are both avid readers with little writing experience or instruction. This was the first attempt at a novel for both of them. They had created interesting female protagonists and stories with great potential, and they demonstrated an ability to write well with a unique voice. There were … Read More »
Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. —Barbara Kingsolver Writers have many ways of sabotaging themselves. One of the most insidious ones, in my opinion, is showing their work too early. I advise writers not to seek feedback from a writers group, or even a professional editor, … Read More »
September 1 is the deadline for submitting your creative writing or announcements for publication in the next issue of The Florida Writer. If you’re a member of the Florida Writers Association, we’d love to see your work! You can find detailed submission requirements in the last issue of the magazine or download them here. We publish announcements about their accomplishments. View a sample “Celebrations” page.
From time to time, someone who wants to change careers and become a full-time freelance editor will contact me and offer to take me to lunch in order to “pick my brain” or ask me a “quick question” about the business. I turn down such requests as kindly as I can. I’ve been a full-time independent for over 13 years now. It would take me many hours to tell someone all I’ve learned about managing my business over that time, … Read More »
The Florida Writers Association is one of the co-sponsors of the Florida Book Awards. The Florida Book Awards has kicked off its tenth annual writing competition with a call for entries in nine categories. Established in 2006 and now the most comprehensive state book awards program in the nation, the contest recognizes and celebrates the year’s best books penned by Sunshine State residents with the exception of submissions to the Florida Nonfiction and Visual Arts categories, whose authors may live … Read More »
Ever wonder why when some people comment on blog posts or in forums, their photo appears alongside their comment? It’s because the have a Gravatar—a Globally Recognized Avatar. We employ Gravatars here on the Florida Writers Association website, both for commenters and for blog post authors. Many website commenting systems do, including WordPress which accounts for more than 37.6 million websites worldwide. Using the same profile photo across all social media platforms and for commenting on blogs is an easy way … Read More »