Category Archives: Research

What happens when you try to tell that story, with Zita Podany

What Happens when you have a Story to Tell, with Zita Podany

First step:

Zita had a story to tell. But life, as it does, kept getting in the way. Then she read the back of an Arcadia book where it said “Write for Arcadia.” She looked on the website and decided to contact them with her ideas.

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Writers’ Mill Minutes 201708

Writers’ Mill Minutes  August 20th 2017

Despite the approaching eclipse, August’s Writers’ Mill meeting was well attended with 16 people present to learn about research, photographs, permissions and publishing specs from Zita Podany, author of VanPort in the Images of America series. Notes from Zita’s talk can be below. And our thanks to Zita and the library staff for the excellent use of technology. (One day I’ll have to learn how it’s all done!)

Walt, who will be speaking and using technology in October and December, handed around a “reading assignment” for us all. In case you weren’t there, Walt very highly recommends “To Sell is Human” by Daniel H. Pink; also “How to Publish your Book” by Jane Friedman. We should all try to read Pink’s book, or at least to look at it, before October’s meeting (which gives us lots of time).

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How To Choose A Publisher/Agent/Self-Publishing Site with Jim Elstad

Taken from Jim Elstad’s talk, May 21st 2017

For anyone using editorsandpreditors.com to check up on publishers, don’t. The site is going/has gone down. Other sites you might use are:

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That Strange Thing Called Writing, from Brian Doyle’s Talk in September

Notes From Brian Doyle’s Talk On Writing

Brian Doyle has pages and pages of books listed on Amazon, including Martin Marten, Mink River, Chicago, The Plover and more, and he needs no introduction from me. He introduces himself, educates, entertains, has us in stitches, has us almost in tears, reveals his feelings, his history and his stories, and then says he’s not a teacher and he doesn’t do seminars and workshops. If you missed this one, you missed a very special treat. Continue reading That Strange Thing Called Writing, from Brian Doyle’s Talk in September

Notes from Ken Baysinger’s Talk in June 2016

Notes from Ken Baysinger’s talk, June 2016

Ken’s road to writing began early when hi English teacher gave him an F for writing too well (his teacher wouldn’t believe the piece was Ken’s own work and Ken, being stubborn, wouldn’t rewrite it). Writing was replaced by a language of 2-syllable words when Ken joined the Navy, but afterward he took an elective in expository writing at Washington State, just to see if he still had any literary skills. Luckily for his readers, he did. A degree in English led to work in creative advertising, but the white shoes and golf stories didn’t fit, so he moved into other areas. But… Continue reading Notes from Ken Baysinger’s Talk in June 2016

Minutes 201606

Writers’ Mill June 19thminutes

22 writers, including several new members, left their homes on Father’s Day afternoon to attend a Writers’ Mill meeting with local author Ken Baysinger. A fun, inspirational and informative talk was followed by delicious gluten-free snacks from Jean, writerly awards from Karin for the monthly contest, and a fun all-hands-on-deck critique of Matthew’s story. By the end it was clear lots of us could have stayed longer than the usual 2 hours. But the room would be needed for other events, so we finished at 3 and planned to return next month, July 17th, for more inspiration from Wildfire Writer Christie Krug. Continue reading Minutes 201606

Genres, genres and more

Here are some old links about writing genres:

Written any articles recently?

http://www.karencioffiwritingandmarketing.com/2014/09/content-marketing-just-how-fast-can-you.html

How long is a book?

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2015/02/long-book-standard-word-counts-genre/

Writing short pieces:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/24/keep-it-short/

http://alittlebirdtweets.com/flash-fiction-4/

Contests?

timberlinereview.com/submissions

http://www.inkitt.com/

For poets:

Creating Poetry: How to Self-Prompt Poems
Re-Creating Poetry: How to Revise Poems
Asian Poetic Forms
Contemporary Poetic Forms
French Poetic Forms
More Contemporary Poetic Forms
Build an Audience for Your Poetry

http://www.voicecatcher.org/archives/3469

http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/list-of-50-poetic-forms-for-poets

For novelists:

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2014/11/novel-writing-inspiration-for-the-middle-of-nanowrimo/

http://indigoediting.com/November2014.html

http://www.wattpad.com/4667955-bad-ways-to-start-a-novel

http://storyfix.com/epidemic-systemic-sabotage-via-brainwashing-aspiring-novelists

http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/7-steps-to-creating-a-flexible-outline-for-any-story

https://forums.createspace.com/en/community/community/resources/blog/2014/09/24/how-to-write-without-a-plan

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/writing-tips/

For children’s book authors:

http://www.ripplegrovepress.com/contact/

http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/212/harold-underdown/

https://kdp.amazon.com/kids

Research for non-fiction writers:

http://www.kindlepost.com/2014/10/guest-post-by-charles-finch-author-of-the-charles-lenox-mysteries-.html

What other writers do

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2015/02/opposite-writing-habits-famous-authors/