Writing Bloc is happy to announce the release of its first full length novel, Celia at 39 by Jason Pomerance. The book is a fun, fast paced romp through a woman's journey to 40 and the surprises she finds along the way. Just like his beloved first
You've probably seen the ads-- Writing Retreat on Maui! Escape to a cabin in Vermont to write! It sounds amazing-- a dedicated time and place to focus on your work in progress. Unfortunately for most writers, these retreats are inaccessible-- they're either too expensive, too far away, or too long
The child looked at the calendar on the wall, swinging, as if
by some invisible breeze. There could not have been a breeze, though. All of
the room’s windows and doors were closed, and the air smelled musty and stale, like
laundry left too long in the washer.
Still, the calendar flapped like the
After completing the Margaret Atwood MasterClass, I was excited to begin another of their writing courses. The Judy Blume class was an obvious pick, as I fell in love with Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret as a child.
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret.
My first piece of advice to those who are considering a MasterClass.com All Access Pass is
It's that time of the year when reading challenges are popping up on lots of blogs. There are so many great ones and I especially love the emphasis I'm seeing on underrepresented voices. As someone who's gotten more serious about my writing in the last year, I've realized that this
On Thursday, I spoke at a NaNoWriMo kickoff event hosted by the wonderful nonprofit, Inlandia Institute. People seemed to enjoy the workshop and I met some nice people! Afterward, I was surprised and humbled when Inlandia presented me with an honorarium. As a former board member of the organization, I guess
Though you've likely heard of NaNoWriMo, you may not know about NaNo Rebels. These are writers who participate in the month-long writing marathon, but don't follow the rules. They may write essays or nonfiction instead of novels, they may set a word count other than 50,000. They may work on
When Masterclass.com offered me an all-access pass, I was thrilled! I'd had my eye on the Margaret Atwood Teaches Creative Writing course for a while and was so excited to take it! Atwood is a legend, and especially as a woman novelist, a role model.
I was not disappointeded-- her Master
There's something we might be overlooking in our character development as writers.
We all know about character arcs. Characters need to change over the course of a story. When I received my developmental edit letter for Rock of Ages, my editor conveyed that even the jerk boyfriend in my story needed to
We know it's possible to have too little description in our writing but what about having too much? Today we have a guest post from Pagan Malcolm on finding the perfect balance.
Description is one of the first things you learn about when learning to write stories in school.
My teachers always