What Writers Can Learn from The Walking Dead

Michonne from The Walking Dead TV series

Beyond the Zombies … True Horror I have a love/hate relationship with zombies as they are portrayed in American culture. They’re crude and redundant: all they do is stagger around looking for something to eat. They never get full or tired, even when their rotting limbs are falling off. I can’t resist the gory little […] Read more »

Oh No, My Balls Hit the Floor! (5 Ways to Get Your Writing Project Re-Started)

How to Get Your Writing Project Restarted

Juggling the Balls of Desire This is the writer’s life: we carefully construct plans and schedules; we arrange and sacrifice. Everything from, “If I give up TV, I can write for two hours more each night,” to life-altering decisions like deciding to major in creative writing in college or putting off having children. This probably […] Read more »

6 Steps to Get Your Book Ready to Publish

collage by Melanie Lamaga, The Metaphysical Circus

How Do You Know When It’s Go Time? Before you submit your manuscript to agents and publishers, you would be wise to make sure it is well crafted, polished and clean. This will greatly up your chances of finding what you seek. However, if you go indie, there is no gatekeeper other than yourself. The […] Read more »

3 Easy Steps to Reignite Your Creative Fire

3 Simple Steps to Reignite Your Creative Fire

Fighting the January “Back to Work Blues” I took some time off between Christmas and New Year, vacationing with family (fun!), and then friends came into town (more fun!), and the next thing I know, it’s Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 1:10 PM. The holidays have worn out their welcome, and I have no more […] Read more »

Traveling with Joy

Melanie Lamaga with Sequoias by Jose Angel Sanchez Pacheco

 Boost Creativity and Productivity through Bliss Last week I wrote about the book Get High Now (without drugs) and, somewhat coincidentally, this week I find myself blissed out to an extent I haven’t felt in quite a while, and as a result, my creativity is humming. I know it’s probably foolish to analyze this. The […] Read more »

Step Right Up and Write Some Crap!

Image credit: xochicalco / 123RF Stock Photo

How to Get the First Draft Done. Hemingway famously said “The first draft of anything is shit.” So what do think when you hear about people writing novels in a couple of months or even weeks? Hmm. Well, to be fair, maybe they’ve been thinking about it a really long time… or maybe they are […] Read more »

Create Your Creative Space

vintage smokey lady from graphicsfairy.web

Where Sexy Genius Meets Muse If you’re a writer or an artist, you probably have an office, studio or a favorite spot where you sit down and make magic. But if you don’t (or if your space is less than inspiring) it’s time to make some changes. Macho or girly, practical or romantic, hippie or […] Read more »

Self-Editing for Writers

15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly Here’s a fun infographic from Copyblogger. The English language is a carnival ride, and even very intelligent and educated people make the occasional error. However, some common errors are easily avoided once you know what to look for. Remember, people do judge you by how you present […] Read more »