Calls for Submissions

Florida Writers Association members, don’t miss these opportunities to shine a spotlight on your writing. Florida Writers Association Collection The Florida Writers Association Collection is an annual writing competition that showcases member writing and helps members grow their skills. Each year, entrants write to a theme and sixty submissions are chosen for publication. A “Person This year’s Person of Renown, who will choose the top ten entries for special recognition, is New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick. Deadline April 30. Details… The … Read More »

Infinitives Give Me a Splitting Headache

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After submitting for consideration a short story for FWA Collection 7, Revisions: Stories of Starting Over, I noticed I had split an infinitive like an atom. Although the result may not be as devastating, it may prevent publication. On second thought… The Star Trek introduction, “To boldly go where no man has gone,” influenced the way I spoke during formative years in rural North Carolina. Grammar school grammar lessons were forgotten as soon as I rushed home, to veg out … Read More »

How to Format a Manuscript

Questions about manuscript formatting pop up frequently in online discussion groups for writers. Sometimes you’ll get great help asking virtual strangers, but just as often the advice you receive will conflict, not apply to your particular situation, or be just plain wrong. (And how many novels could we write with all the time used on online forums to “debate” whether there should be one or two spaces after a period?) This post was inspired by an online discussion where one … Read More »

Social Media 101: Buyer Beware

If you’re on social media and trying to build your name (especially on Twitter), you are probably being inundated with follower requests from people who tell you that they can guarantee you X number of followers for a fee. Sounds tempting, right? I can spend a small amount of money and someone is going to do all the work for me. Wrong. Here’s the thing that some people don’t know. A lot of the Twitter accounts that promise these huge … Read More »

Exercise Wednesday: Easter Season

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(Author’s note: This post contains religious content. It’s intent is not to push a particular religion’s beliefs on you, but to establish a context for the writing exercise.) Imagine for a minute that three years ago or so, you were just minding your business and going about your life when this guy came and turned everything upside down. When he looked at you, you felt as if he knew everything you’d ever done. And though you should’ve been embarrassed at … Read More »

Therapy through Writing

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Good morning everyone! This is going to sound really strange, but I got the idea of this post from watching The Simpsons. Yep, you read that right. Particularly, the episode where Marge is afraid to fly and sees a psychiatrist. For whatever reason, that triggered something in my brain and got me to thinking about undergoing therapy through writing. I know it’s about as cliché as “the room was as dark as night”, but in many ways, it’s something that’s … Read More »

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