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Cultivating Your Craft in the Digital Age: Networking
Published on Saturday, June 12, 2010 by Writers need to network using social media tools as much as anyone in our web-connected world.  In order to compete in today's market a writer should understand how these tools can improve his/her writing and connections. Some of these sites are as follows: Writerface.com: WriterFace is an online social networking community and marketplace designed to help writers...
Cultivating Your Craft in the Digital Age: What Makes Writing So Intoxicating?
Published on Friday, June 4, 2010 by What makes writing so intoxicating, so addicting?  Well it is this thing called creative flow.  Creative flow can be your muse, your inspiration, it can also drive you to write to exhaustion.  In a provocative article in Psychology Today online, Susan Perry, Ph. D., compares the creative flow process that occurs in writing to sex! Flow is essential to the creati...
The Ways of the World: A Writer’s Social Solar System
Published on Thursday, June 3, 2010 by Social networking has become a major avenue to promote your writing, but the sheer amount of services can be overwhelming at first. All of these sites have their use in a writer's social network, the trick is to not end up spending so much time networking that you never get any writing done. I like to think of all the social networking sites as a collection of plan...
Cultivating Your Craft in the Digital Age: Online Resources
Published on Monday, May 31, 2010 by When I started out writing this blog it was my intent to illustrate how writers can use the online Guttenberg Library.  The Guttenberg Library or Project Guttenberg is a site which offers books free and online. These books can be downloaded to many portable electronic devices as well as PCs.   The over 30,000 books on Project Guttenberg were scanned by thousands of...
Reading for Writers – Free Ebooks for Writers
Published on Sunday, May 23, 2010 by I have run across several helpful ebooks in recent months on various sites and blogs and so I set out to find out how many there might be available. Since we are all struggling writers and need advice on the cheap, what could be better than FREE! I have downloaded all the books that I am going to refer to and all are available at the present time but I wouldn’t wait...
Grinding the Grid: Saturday Night’s Alright for Inspiration
Published on Sunday, May 23, 2010 by Saturday evening is a great night for live music in Second Life®. Music is the purest form of escapism and inspiration for me, so much energy comes across from the performers. A great live show will always invigorate and enhance my writing. To start my Saturday of musical inspiration, I took a trip over to Cisum (now unfortunately mid-move) to check out the sweet ...
Cultivating your Craft in the Digital Age: Google & Google Applications
Published on Thursday, May 20, 2010 by Google and Google Applications, we have all heard of them and probably most of use at least one if not more of  Google Applications.  Lately I have been asking myself; what are Google Applications?  Can they help me, as a writer, to improve my writing, expand my knowledge, and make research and information gathering easier? I will provide you with a bit of a bac...
The Ways of the World: Under the Influence
Published on Monday, May 17, 2010 by There are many conflicting opinions on what one should read as a writer. Some authors-like David Eddings-claim to never read in their genre. Though he contradicted himself when he wrote of his love for the forms of medieval romance in the Introduction to The Rivan Codex. He was heavily influenced by this classic genre, and it shows in the similar plot structure of his...
Cultivating your Craft in the Digital Age
Published on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 by Proofreading and editing are fundamental to excellent writing. You can be a creative and brilliant writer but if you don't proofread and can't edit your writing will languish in the slush pile.  I must admit these two elements of writing are my weak areas. Therefore my posting today will serve two purposes; one is to provide you with resources to access to improve yo...
Cultivating your Craft in the Digital Age
Published on Friday, May 7, 2010 by I have seen the term digital story telling with increasing frequency on the Web.  Actually digital story telling has been around for a long time, maybe almost as long at the Internet when users began to see it as a powerful tool to share stories.  Digital Storytelling is defined by various groups and individuals as follows: Gail Matthews-Denatale and Jamie Trayno...
Reading for Writers: Young Adult (YA): Hottest New Category for Reading and Writing
Published on Friday, May 7, 2010 by “Reading for Writers” Recently I attended a writing conference in Reno, Nevada where an agent for children’s and YA spoke about the upswing in interest in books for the Young Adult age group. Young adult girls are big buyers and especially enjoy series books. Of course we all know what series they are reading. The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer is still a...
The Ways of the World: Multiple Realties
Published on Monday, May 3, 2010 by Building a realistic world for your characters to live in is a complicated thing, requiring planning, organization, research, and a great deal of writing that never sees a reader's eyes. It is worth it, when your description becomes more precise and knowledge of your character's motivations deepen. All of this work makes a world seem yours, and it is easy to get att...
Cultivating Your Craft in the Digital Age
Published on Friday, April 30, 2010 by Now that the nerve wracking, stress, and much of the physical exertion of a move is behind me I feel I can settle down and focus on putting together blogs for Virtual Writers on a more consistent basis.  Because of this real life move and job change I have had to deal with some real life changes and this lead me to think that this would be a good topic for this blog....
The Ways of the World: A House of Character Cards
Published on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 by Last week I discussed my little 3X5 file box of index cards. It is a handy way to store all my random notes for novels in categories that make sense - and make these notes useful while writing because they are easy to access. I also mentioned a technique for expanding the Character section of your note card box to file folder flip cards. The box of notes with the...
Hedda’s Hot Picks “Reading for Writers” : A Look at Ebooks
Published on Thursday, April 22, 2010 by This post will be slightly different from the usual. Instead of focusing on a particular genre of new titles I thought it might be useful to talk about ebooks. The future of ebooks looks promising. They are becoming more available along with a variety of ereaders. Some may have thought they would never catch on or be a fad for a short time but it looks like they are h...
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