Exercise Wednesday: Grandma’s House

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When I gave the eulogy for my grandmother, more years ago than I care to think about, I almost made it through without crying. Until I got to the part about running into her in heaven. In my version of heaven, my grandmother had a house. And she’d come to the door to meet you and be thrilled to see you and invite you in for a snicky-snack and there’d be a beverage she had just for you. One of … Read More »

RPLA and You

“Are you entering the Royal Palm Literary Award competition for the first time?” I asked. “I am. I’m so excited,” the aspiring novelist said. “Do you know how they choose a winner?” “The one with the most points wins, I guess.” This brief conversation happened following a writing group meeting a couple of weeks ago. It might help those of you considering participating in the competition to understand how you will be judged. Your work will not be viewed in … Read More »

Call for Submissions

We welcome submissions to The Florida Writer from members of the Florida Writers Association. The next deadline is coming right up. Share your writing with more than 1,300 subscribers. What to Submit Celebrations Let’s celebrate your writing successes together. Marking a milestone in your writing career? Members who have good news to share about their writing-related accomplishments should send announcements for publication. Write a one-paragraph announcement in third person Type “Celebrations” in the subject line of your submission email One … Read More »

Social Media 101: Online parties

Since I’ve been doing a few workshops on Social Media lately, I thought I’d open another series focusing on different aspects of Social Media that I’ve been learning about since starting the writing journey. One of the more recent ways to connect with others online is by holding online parties, especially when a book release is coming up. Usually, these online parties are held on Facebook, although there are things people do elsewhere. I’ll be talking about those as well … Read More »

Exercise Wednesday: Single Entendre

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The name of the song in the video is Bad Things; its hook, “I wanna do bad things with you.” The meaning of the bad things in the video is pretty clear. But let’s pretend for a minute the video isn’t sung by a fetching guy like Jace Everett to an attractive young brunette. Let’s pretend that the song was sung by the cartoon character Tommy Pickles (a toddler) to his pals Chuckie, Phil, and Lil. What bad things would they … Read More »

Writing 101: Lessons from TV land

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Morning all! This is my first post on our shiny new blog/website and I thought I would start a series of posts about television and what it teaches us about writing. There are so many lessons to learn, and I will be crossing genres with a lot of the posts. I’ll start with a lesson from Doctor Who. Please be warned that if you’re a fan of the modern era and are not yet current on episodes, you may be … Read More »

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