Writer's Fun Zone by Beth Barany


Are You Positive? by Carol Malone

I don’t know if you’re like me, but watching all the disasters taking place recently has left me feeling forlorn for the loss of life and property, and less than positive about the future.


Time Management – How to Eek Out More Time by Chloe Adler

I wrote one blog on the tools one can use for productivity before at and all of those tools still stand. They’re all great. What I found was that I used too many at once and that didn’t end up working well for me as I spent more time inputting and checking off than was necessary.


Q&A with Developmental Editor Sue Brown-Moore and Beth Barany

Recently I interviewed developmental editor, acquisitions editor, and podcaster, Sue Brown-Moore, for my occasional Ask A Writing Coach series. Sue and I talked about editing, how to prepare for an editor, and how to handle feedback from an editor.


Q&A With Scrivener Coach, Vanessa Kier #askaWritingCoach

Recently I interviewed novelist and Scrivener coach, Vanessa Kier, for my occasional Ask A Writing Coach series. Vanessa and I talked about the basics about Scrivener and she shared with me some tips and tricks. I hope you enjoy the video. You can also check out the audio-only format.


Learning from Our Reading by Martin Haworth

Over the summer I’ve been reading a lot (haven’t we all?) and I’ve realised that my reading has changed a little as I’ve started to write more and with the hindsight of what I’ve learned along the way.


Backstory: Not a Dirty Word by Kay Keppler

We’ve all heard the first commandment for writers: never open your book with backstory. And the second commandment? No infodumps. And the third? Sprinkle that backstory throughout your book.


The Cheap Retreat Guide – More Writing, Less Money, Too Much Ice Cream By Catharine Bramkamp

I save flyers and emails touting to only the benefits but the transformative magic of this writing workshop or that retreat.  Many workshops and retreats seem to take place in exotic locations either so you have an excuse to go, or because the workshop leader has always wanted to travel there be it Taos or Paris. And who doesn’t want to travel to Taos and Paris?


Ready for New Adventures? By Nevada McPherson

Summer is still with us but “back to school” is just around the corner (or already here in some places) and I’ve started to assess what I’ve been up to for the past few weeks and figure out what will be my focus as fall approaches.