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Writers group rivalry: Picking a name

A Facebook friend of mine recently started a meet-up group that was meant to keep himself on task with his writing at least once a week. Borrowing from the "Sit Down, Shut Up and Write!" meet-ups in our area, his group meets ridiculously early on Sunday mornings (8:30 a.m.) at a coffee shop with plenty of plugs for computers, and allows chit-chat for half an hour, then writing must ensue for the Continue Reading...

Work vs. play? Dividing commercial and artistic writing

Do you ever have trouble distinguishing between writing for fun and writing for money? I certainly do. I actually had to sit down and make a list of my work commitments versus my personal projects, as they were starting to overlap. I needed a line in the sand. [caption id="attachment_5843" align="aligncenter" width="619" caption="Of course, a line in the sand need not be perfectly straight... Continue Reading...

Book In A Week: May 7-14

Last month I joined the Book In A Week online writers group, with the aim of taking my novel writing goals more seriously. Since I had such a blast doing the 3-Day Novel Contest and actually finished a novel, I figured this group—which offers writers a monthly chance to reach specific page counts of their own choosing, from 1 page per day to an entire book done in a week—would help me get Continue Reading...

Buttontapper Approved: TUL retractable gel pen

I am a stationery snob. To the point where I was reading a blog post about all manner of "stationary" that a writer might like, and I tracked down the writer on Twitter to ask him if he meant stationery with an E. (Word to the wise: This also landed me a job. Sometimes it pays to be a nerd about words.) My point is that I can't be trusted in places like Staples, Office Depot or OfficeMax, much Continue Reading...