Tag Archives: setting

Insomniacs Anonymous 11-12-2018


In observance of Veteran’s Day, what are your favorite books for kids and teens with a war-time setting?

Insomniacs Anonymous 8-25-17

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

This week, much of the United States witnessed a total solar eclipse. Do natural events, such as hurricanes, tornados or a rare eclipse, play a role in your story?

A Fount of Inspiration

Megan Norris Jones

Megan Norris Jones

Writing is like a fountain. Specifically, the fountain in our backyard, the one I stare at when the words aren’t flowing onto the paper quite as smoothly as the water flows from the basin of the fountain. Except, now that I stop to think about it, my writing process seems to work just like our fountain.

The fountain in our backyard was there when we bought the house, stacked stone encircling a pool of darting goldfish with a basin on a pedestal in the center. I had always wanted a fountain in my yard, a focal point of splashing coolness on hot summer days, a reminder of life in the dead of winter. It made the list of planned improvements for our last house, but the house was old and the list long, so “install a fountain” was just one of many items that never got crossed off. Continue reading

One Thing Leads to Another

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

I’ve been told that the two places you should never attempt to talk to an editor (or anyone in publishing for that matter) are an elevator or a public bathroom. Seems logical and polite. No one wants anyone shoving a manuscript at them when 1) they have no exit, or 2) they are in a delicate situation. I state again, it’s a matter of being logically polite.

So imagine, regardless of knowing this tip of etiquette, I committed this faux-pas. Now, before I mislead you, I didn’t have my manuscript in hand, nor did I intend to solicit the editor with my manuscript, but for a brief moment you could tell she was wondering if I was going to try and shove one in her bag. Continue reading

Practical Prompt 9-11-15

WriteOwls logo 150 whiteYou finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

Many stories ignore the long-term consequences of the massive destruction and casualties inflicted on character and setting for the sake of a good story.  Consider fleshing out those consequences as you frame your story to add complexity and authenticity to your story world.