Friday, December 30, 2011

Another contest.

To submit or not. 

Doing final edits to chapters for submission to the San Francisco Writers Conference, Indi Contest. Entries are due by 1/4/2012 (by mail) here is the site for those interested:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Timothy Grant interview in BlueCat

Some writers are just into novels. Others such as me dabble in screenwriting, short stories, poetry and political banter. The wider range of writing interest the more media that lures with subliminal, or outright statements, of must haves to be the best ever.
Rules and technicalities can vary according to sources, and unless one has a ton of capacity to assimilate, and a coffer to spend on learning to feel confident, one has to make careful choices. There are invaluable books on all kinds of writing media and a plethora of sites and online magazines. Most are littered with what to buy; a few actually give nifty free information. 
In searching for good writing sites, I feel inundated, but have discovered that what will move a reader or audience cannot be learned; it comes inspired by having something valuable to say, or from experience, or razor edge truth. Also found some sites where without having spent my savings I am given pearls and confidence such as in BlueCat: a screenwriting competition site that has a free newsletter, workshops, videos, articles and interviews. I haven’t taken BlueCat workshops, nor am I affiliated to give the site a plug for profit. I am just a practicing writer, with a lot to say and grateful for sites that help me write.
In the BlueCat interview with Timothy Grant, I found wisdom and freedom to write without fear of the critic - as if I would rather do something else if my writing is not marvelous. It is impressive when a writer such as Grant says:

I fight a nasty internal judge every step of the way. It's like having Simon Cowell standing over my shoulder saying: "Shit, shit, shit" in response to every word that I type. 

So I have to trick him by saying: "I'm going to write a shitty screenplay that nobody will ever read." My inner judge is satisfied that I have finally agreed to my own worthlessness and quiets a bit. It's crazy, but it's the only way I can get anything done.

Blue Cat is the Official Newsletter of the Bluecat Screenplay Competition. The website offers screenwriters information on websites, videos and articles and the newsletter is free.

Monday, December 19, 2011

On truthing.

Although the web and blogs overflow with truthing, getting soul naked, after reading a post by Lynda Williams on Clarion, Writer’s Craft #51 – Making Lemonade DECEMBER 19, 2011 
I posted: “it takes courage to write about hardships, thank you for writing a lot of truth. We all can benefit and help others from writing our own truths.” However, I still want to and think that it is ok to dress our dragons in fiction and decorate our dungeons.

Self-published authors find e-success –

Self-published authors find e-success –

As self-publishing success entices more writers, is agent lure, and submitting to traditional publishers, with the bated-breath of expectation and dread, passé?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Book TV | Top Nonfiction Authors and Books

Book TV | Top Nonfiction Authors and Books

Today is American History TV. Book TV offers lots of writing data from authors prospective. Just listen to Max Hasting a historical author interviewed about his book "Inferno: The World At War, 1939-1945". Hastings talked about how in war those that suffer the most are children, the old, and women. Hastings has authored over twenty books, said that the first 50-thousand pages are the hardest, and he writes when he has "something to say", not, for money.

Friday, December 09, 2011

List of contests and more at MovieBytes

At MovieBytes screenwriters can read articles, find contests and information. 

The Writer’s Digest Conference in New York

The Writer’s Digest Conference in New York, January 20 - 22, 2012 at the Sheraton New York Hotel promises "influential agents, innovators and creative minds in the publishing world all willing to share their insider know-how" with writers. The website lists, speakers, authors discovered and information on the "pitch slam".


Blue Cat is the Official Newsletter of the Bluecat Screenplay Competition  
Contests submission for the year are closed. I did not submit my screenplay because I was snot ready. The website offers screenwriters information on websites, videos and articles and the newsletter is free.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Innovators in Literature: Instant Replay, Part 2

Innovators in Literature: Instant Replay, Part 2

Ploughshares is also having an EMERGING WRITER'S CONTEST that includes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The winning award is $1,000 and publication.
"Since 1971, Ploughshares has been committed to promoting the work of up-and-coming writers." Log in to Ploughshares "online submission manager between February 1st and April 2nd Submit 3-5 poems; nonfiction and fiction entries should be under 5,000 words. Fee is $20."

Dare To Be A Great Writer

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This review is from: Dare to Be a Great Writer: 329 Keys to Powerful Fiction (Paperback)
Dear Mr. Bishop, I still have the four-page review you wrote on my fledgling angel novel. Your praise on my prose and suggestions to improve are forever the wings that carry me when I feel discouraged. Remember that December in 2002, not long after you passed away? I had looked all day for a copy of "Dare To Be A Great Writer". My last stop was a secondhand bookstore and while shuffling through the dusty shelves your book, LITERALLY, fell on my foot? Thank you, always.

Successful Partnerships: Information about Lupus

Successful Partnerships: Information about Lupus

A friend shared this site with me and I think it is very important for those suffering with memory loss, rashes,fatigue, body pain, hair-loss and other such symptoms to look at this site.