Dramaquill's All Things Writing

December 28, 2008

Magazines for writers

Perhaps some of you got a subscription to a writing magazine, like Writers’ Digest, over the holidays.  Or maybe you already subscribe to several magazines. 

But there are also a lot of resources online for writers of all genres.  Check out some of these to get you ready for all of your writing projects in 2009:

http://www.betterwritingskills.com/newsletter.html
Writing-tips newsletter

http://www.readingwriters.com/TheVERB.htm
The verb writing ezine

http://www.lifeloom.com/webmysterymagazine.htm
Web Mystery Magazine

http://www.fundsforwriters.com/FFWnewsletters.htm
Fundsfor Writers
FFW small markets
The Writing Kid

http://thewriterslife.homestead.com//home.html
The Writer’s Life

http://www.writing-world.com/newsletter/index.shtml
Writing World

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FictionFactor/
Fiction Factor

http://www.writingfordollars.com/
Writing for Dollars

http://www.fictionfactor.com/
Fiction Factor

http://mailcast3.atwww.com/em/mail/view.php?id=965636241&k=68647a2
The Allen & Urwin Writing Centre Newsletter

http://www.right-writing.com:80/newsletter.html
Right-writing Newsletter

http://www.writersdigest.com/GeneralMenu/
Writers’ Digest newsletter (sign up in LH sidebar)

Advertisements

December 16, 2008

Quotes for writers

At this time of year it’s often difficult to focus on our writing projects with the onset of winter for many (and the extra hours of darkness that can zap our energy) as well as the holiday season. 

Try reading quotes from other writers to keep you inspired.  Here are a few of my favorites:

I try to leave out the parts that people skip. 
Elmore Leonard

Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very;” your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. 
Mark Twain

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. 
Anton Chekhov


Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
Alfred Hitchcock

Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.
Stephen King

We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to.
Somerset Maugham

Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
Jane Yolen

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T. S. Eliot

Detail makes the difference between boring and terrific writing. It’s the difference between a pencil sketch and a lush oil painting. As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colors.
Rhys Alexander

Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word.  There are no exceptions to this rule.
Stephen King 

It is by sitting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer.
Gerald Brenan

December 12, 2008

Do you actually achieve your writing goals?

My critique group moderator just posted our 2008 writing goals.  I’m always excited and hesitant to revisit them. 

Did I accomplish what I thought I would be able to do in 2008?

Did I do more?

So, here are my 2008 writing goals and my commentary for each one.  I didn’t do too badly.

But wait – there was a lot not on the list…

I have 2 children’s poems coming out in Hopscotch for Girls magazine in 2009.

I wrote 6 new plays for kids and teens last year.

I wrote an original song for our church’s 100th anniversary service.

My article, The Business of Playwriting, got purchased by Writer’s Digest books for 2 upcoming market books.

I’ve collected several agents and publishers for my adult suspense novel.

I think I’m happy with my progress.

Anyway, here’s what I originally posted to my critique group:

Jacqueline’s 2008 Goals:

So…for 2008

1. Get an agent or publisher interested in the adult thriller. THIS IS THE YEAR of the thriller…I can feel it.
Well, I’ve saved potential agents and publishers that I plan to sub this to but didn’t want to jump the gun until the final revision is at least nearly complete.  I AM doing this in January, though.

2. Back to square one on Thinkers(YA). I know so much more now about writing that I’m positive this time I’ll approach it so much better than the first draft. 

I think I’ll be subbing this to the group once the suspense novel is done.
3. Find a publisher for some of my playscripts AND/OR enter some of them in contests for productions. I did enter a couple contests – haven’t heard back so I guess I didn’t win LOL  Also did research publishers and have a couple in mind.  Just haven’t subbed anything yet.

4. Learn how to use 2 music software programs I own that I never seem to find the time to work with. 

This is hilarious – I actually used one of the programs when I wrote an original piece for our church’s 100th anniversary year service in June.  I just picked my way around until I figured it out, so I guess I did this somewhat.

5. Try getting into my chicklit YA called “Quick, pass the chips.”
This was book one of my nano disastrous attempt this year.  Couldn’t get into it no how…sigh.  I switched to a 2nd suspense novel and planned a lot of it out but never wrote much of anything.

 

6. Do Nanowrimo again next year and get past this year’s 33,000 words.  I think I did 1200 words.  Wow!!!

These all seem reasonable and doable.(I’m so naive-hahaa) We’ll see what happens when Sandy reminds us next December of what we wanted to do this year LOL
 

 

December 11, 2008

The Writer’s 12 days of Christmas

On the 1st day of Christmas my writing gave to me…

A cheque under my Christmas tree.

On the 2nd day of Christmas my writing gave to me…

2 new jobs
and a cheque under my Christmas tree.

On the 3rd day of Christmas my writing gave to me…

3 published subs
2 new jobs
and a cheque under my Christmas tree.

On the 4th day of Christmas my writing gave to me…
4 magazines
3  published subs
2 new Jobs
and a cheque under my Christmas tree.

On the 5th day of Christmas my writing gave to me…
5 agent’s calls
4 magazines
3  published subs
2 new jobs
and a cheque under my Christmas tree.

On the 6th day of Christmas my writing gave to me…
6  harsh critiques
5  agent’s calls
4  magazines
3  published subs
2  new jobs
and a cheque under my Christmas tree.

On the 7th day of Christmas my writing gave to me…
7  interruptions
6 harsh critiques
5  agent’s calls
4 magazines
3  published subs
2 new jobs
and a cheque under my Christmas tree.

On the 8th day of Christmas my writing gave to me…
8 bad reviews
7  interruptions
6  harsh critiques
5 agent’s calls
4  magazines
3  published subs
2 new jobs
and a cheque under my Christmas tree.

On the 9th day of Christmas my writing gave to me…
9 subs for critting
8  bad reviews
 7 interruptions
6  harshcritiques
6  agent’s calls
4  magazines
3 published subs
2  new jobs
and a cheque under my Christmas tree.

On the 10th day of Christmas my writing gave to me…
10 chewed off fingernails
9  subs for critting
8  bad reviews
7  interruptions
6 harsh critiques
5  agent’s calls
4  magazines
3  published subs
2 new jobs
and a cheque under my Christmas tree.

On the 11th day of Christmas my writing gave to me…
11 hours of eyestrain
10  chewed off fingernails
9  subs for critting
8  bad reviews
7  interruptions
6  harsh critiques
5 agent’s calls
4  magazines
3  published subs
2 new jobs
and a cheque under my Christmas tree.

On the 12th day of Christmas my writing gave to me…
12 cups of coffee
11 hours of eyestrain
10  chewed off fingernails
9  subs for critting
8  bad reviews
7  interruptions
6  harsh critiques
5 agent’s calls
4  magazines
3  published subs
2 new jobs
and a cheque under my Christmas tree.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.