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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 –

Authors Guild . . .

For Your Information

The Authors Guild on Amazon’s Kindle Lending Library – By Victoria Strauss – Writer Beware –

How Creating an Imaginary Friend Can Make You a Better Writer – By Kelly Kautz – Copyblogger –

Three more join the Kindle Million Club – By –

Whether to Use “Whether” or “If” – By Mark Nichol – Daily Writing Tips –

World Map created from Recycled Computers – By Susan Stockwell, British artist – – – Well done!

5 Things to Consider When Turning Real Life into Fiction – By Jennifer – Procrastinating Writers –

After you’ve done your best (and it didn’t work) – By Seth Godin –

Great book jackets: Tips from 4 design pros – By Alan Rinzler –

Quote(s) of the Day

“The only way to learn to write is to write.” – Peggy Teeters




Writing Contest


Tartts Fiction Award – Deadline Dec. 31, 2011 –



Special Tribute

Mitzbah Circle Foundation – Support for individuals and families in need –


Self-Editing Checklist . . .

The Latest

1. Self-Editing Checklist: Setting and Description – By Writers Alley –

2. Top 5 Thing to Avoid Telling Editors and Agents at Conferences – By Writers Alley –

3. Publish America and CBA: Rowling Redux – By Writer Beware –

4. A Comprehensive Guide to the Envelope System – By Matt Bell –

5. Reader Mailbag: Sick Child – By Trent – the Simple Dollar –

6. These 3 Typography Websites Will Change How You Look at Type – By Joel Friedlander –

7. Keep the Climax in Mind – by Plot Whisperer –

8. Is Social Media Like a Party? – By Nathan Bransford – – Love his pictures!

9. Product Of The Week: Green Lantern, World’s First Design Lamp Made From Liquid Wood – By – – Beautiful lanterns!

10. Daily Writing Tips – By Mark Nichol – Marshal vs. Martial –


Quote of the Day

“An essential element for good writing is a good ear: One must listen to the sound of one’s own prose.” – Barbara Tuchman

Writing Contest

Poetry Writing Contest – Gerald Cable Book Award – Silverfish Review Press – Deadline Oct 15, 2011 –

 Book Release

Full-Time Income in Part-Time Hours By Freelance food and wine writer, Gretchen Roberts – shares strategies for maximizing your income on less than 40 hours per week.