By Tina Ollenburg (Network) April is National Poetry Month! Within the WNBA, we have a number of amazing poets, and we wanted to shine a light on their work, as well as their experiences with writing and reading poetry. Linda Vigen Phillips (Charlotte) Linda is passionate about poetry and realistic fiction. She is the […]
When you sit down to write, do you ever feel lost and like you don’t know what you want to say or where you want things to go? Have you ever gotten halfway through a chapter or a book, you stop and you read what you’ve written, and it doesn’t make sense? A book outline can help you. And Melissa Kirk, WNBA-San Francisco, is here to help you create one!
Writers write for many reasons. Holly Hughes (WNBA-Charlotte) writes about love and family dynamics because she is compelled to. Through her art, she has helped herself heal and hopes to help others.
How many commas did you use in your last piece of writing? Do you think you used too many or too few? Maybe you don’t have a clue. Maybe you hate them, maybe you love them, but do you know why it’s important to use them? Editor and Charlotte member Nicole Ayers explains why mastering the comma matters.
Have a great idea? Have a novel approach? Then do your book a favor and organize your nonfiction book before you begin writing.
Life presents us with many challenges. Once we get through them, we can be left with anxiety, fear, and pain. Network member Emily Davis learned that stories have the power to teach us, free us, and heal us.
Long-time editor and marketer, Melissa Kirk, calls on her experience to offer advice to those contemplating self-publishing their book.
The first of what will probably be a torrent of rejections arrived today, beginning with the inevitable, “Thank you for . . . .” Unlike some rejections I have gotten in the past and will surely receive this time, this one was curt, only two crisp sentences. It was cold, as if my query left […]
It surprises me, and makes me a little sad, when I hear writers say they have given up on a book manuscript. Either they have an agent who has exhausted the traditional Big Five publishing houses (Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster), or they were unable to secure an agent in […]
If you are thinking about entering a writing contest, google “writing contests.” Dozens of links will pop up. When you click on the links, hundreds of contests emerge. Even when you specify a genre such as “short story,” “poetry,” or “memoirs,” you will find so many links that it seems almost impossible to wade through […]