Author's Blog

Banished Words . . .

For Your Information

The 2012 List of Banished Words and Phrases – By Writer’s Blog –

George R.R. Martin Unveils Chapter From ‘The Winds of Winter’ – By Christopher John Farley – Wall Street Journal –

3 types of textures you should consider using in web design – By Harrison Weber – TNW –

What Will You Write This Year? – By Joe Bunting – The Write Practice –

The artificiality of time – By Seth Goodin –

5 Lessons You Can Learn from a Breathtaking Customer Service Fail – By Sonia Simone – copyblogger –

7 Ways Meditation Increases Creativity – By Jane Friedman –

12 Essential Tips for Revitalising Your Blog in 2012 – by Gregory Ciotti – Problogger –

Writing tips for a new year – By Midge Raymond – Seattle Pi –

Pair of authors give Lodians the tools to publish their own novels – By  Lauren Nelson – –


Quote(s) of the Day

“Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.” –  Truman Capote

“Never wait for inspiration; it needs to be looked for, chased after, laboriously collected, and then molded for perfect usage.”



Writing Contests

Writing Contest – Wag’s Revue Winter Writers Contest – Fiction – Deadline Feb. 15, 2012 –

Pre-digital . . .

For Your Information

MLM for Writers: The Best Authors Lounge – By Victoria Strauss – Writer Beware –

When do you need an editor? – By Alan Rinzler – The Book Deal –

Can Search Engine Optimization Help You Sell More Books? – By Joanna Penn – The Creative Pen –

Pre digital – By Seth Godin –

When No One Knows Where You Are. Or Needs To. – By Greg McFarlane – Problogger –

How Freelance Writers Can Get More Credit for Their Work – By Carol Tice –

The Dangers of Outsourcing Your Freelance Work – By Mitch O’Conner – Fuel Your Writing –


Quote(s) of the Day

“What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.” – Samuel Johnson

“For writers, the road to ignorance is paved with good editors.” – George Bernard Shaw




Writing Contest

G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction and Poetry – Deadline Jan 15, 2011 –





Chocolate, Pretzels . . .

For Your Information

Chocolate, Pretzels, and the Power of Word of Mouth – By The Writers Alley –

Should Authors be Salespeople? – By Joel Friedlander – The Book Designer –

Worth it? – By Seth Godin –

Make it Easy for Your Readers to Participate – By Darren Rowse – Problogger –

What Your Boss Needs to Know About Engagement – By Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer – Harvard Business Review –

Why Aren’t You Using More Public Domain Characters? – By Robert Smedley – Fuel Your Writing –

Who filled my creative well with rocks? – By Di Mace – Word Swords –



Quote(s) of the Day

“Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up on rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.” – Unknown



Writing Contest

2011 Dorset Prize – Tupelo Press – Deadline Dec. 31, 2011 –