Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Speakout! And Make a Difference

By Delaney Flanagan

We as writers, know how important it is to have a voice. We know how important it is to share how we feel, recount things that have happened in our lives, and to tell stories. 

The words we choose to share as writers are bits and pieces of our soul; even if it is just a simple word, it still counts. Sharing our voice stirs something inside us; excites us. We know, that language has a way to change people, inspire people, and evoke emotions. Without it, where would we be?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Author! What's My Motivation?

Disclaimer: The picture above is not David E. Sharp.

But it does show a guy with a winning author-like smile.
The kind of smile that says, "Hey, everybody!
I wrote a book. And it's pretty damn swell."

by David E. Sharp

Several years ago, I was an extra in the movie Friday Night Lights. I was familiar with the common trope of pretentious actors demanding their motivation from directors with waning patience. As an extra, however, I knew nothing of the story I was to help portray outside of what the director described before pointing cameras at me.

For the sake of my small roles, I didn't need to know how my "character" felt about his mother, what he ate for breakfast that morning, what the weather was like the day he was born, or the name of his first pet.  But I was very interested in knowing my motivation.

Motivation. It's not complicated.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Vaguely Unfamiliar

By Kristin Owens

Last weekend I sat in the luxurious reception area of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. The velvet couch was red, not burgundy. The Chihuly art glass installed in the ceiling glistened with multicolored hues; they weren’t blue. 

However, the hotel smelled the same . . . eau d’expensive fragrance pumped throughout fifty thousand square feet of overindulgence. Two for three, apparently my memory grew a little faulty over the past ten years.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Fearless Writing: Not Just Good Advice

By Ronda Simmons

Sometimes, even though it shouldn't be, writing is hard and joyless. Sometimes we just don't love it like we used to.

This happens when we care too much what other people think. Worrying that nobody is going to like what we have written, is the easiest way to turn the writing life into hell on Earth. 

In the end, the only thing that matters, is that we are writing what we want to write, what we have to write, whether anyone else cares or not.

When a writer is too concerned that their writing isn't good enough, he or she cannot enter the Flow, that sensation of losing track of time and place and just falling into the story as it unfolds. You know what I mean, you've been there.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Top Ten Highlights from the 10th Annual NCW Retreat

By April Moore

The 10th Annual NCW Member Retreat, October 22-25, proved to be a fun, productive, and relaxing event. No surprise. Fifteen dedicated writers with lofty goals + the revitalizing powers of Rocky Mountain National Park is a recipe for bestsellers. While there were many highlights from the retreat, here’s my top ten:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Uncommon Virtue: Steinbeck, Jobs, Watson & Crick

By John Garvey

John Steinbeck's masterpiece East of Eden is 600 pages long, and I'd fight like hell to prevent it being shortened one paragraph. The year following its publication, scientists James Watson and Francis Crick described, for the first time, the structure of the DNA double helix in Nature magazine. 

Scientific American reported sixty years later that "Regardless of the report's brevity, the announcement changed the world of medicine and science forever." Fast forward to 2007. Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone in what "is considered by many to be one of the greatest business presentations of all time." (Carmine Gallo, The Storyteller's Secret)

What do these three things have in common? Brevity.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Library Resources for Writers

By David E. Sharp

I might have mentioned, in addition to being a writer, I am a librarian. (Only a zillion times, right?) I use a lot of library resources in my craft. They're free. They're in-depth. And they're useful.

Some folks have a musty image of the library. Dusty tomes, shushing old ladies with horn-rimmed glasses, and facelift-tight buns. 

Well, sit on my virtual book cart and buckle up! It's time for a refresher on how your library can help you be awesome!

Welcome to the library of the future.
Oh, wait. That's from last week.

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