One of the best compliments a reader can pay you, the writer, is to say they started flipping pages. True, you want them to read Every. Damn. Word, but if they don’t, it means you have ratcheted the tension up so high they want to know what happens. NOW. Anticipation. If you don’t yet hear… Continue reading Five Things that Slay Reader Anticipation (Don’t Do These!)
Hey There, We are pleased to say we are now on Patreon. Some of you have asked how you can support our endeavors. This is how! But it's also a win-win, because it allows us to enter into a relationship with you, the writer, and get to know you better. We can offer (thanks to… Continue reading Check Us Out on Patreon!
Dear Writers, We get it. One of the hardest things to do is to get a sympathetic ear to hear your writing. It's tough to get balanced, honest feedback. Guess what? We're critiquing your first page of creative writing (stories, novels, poetry, creative memoir, whatever) free on our podcast, Writing All the Things. (Coming June… Continue reading Free First Page Critique On Air and Our Podcast Intro Music!
At last, at last! It's true, my debut novel is on its way later this year or early next year. My novel is about Victorine Meurent, known, sadly, by history as little more than painter Edouard Manet's favorite model when she actually went to art school and became a celebrated painter in her own right!… Continue reading Drema’s Debut Novel, Victorine, is Coming!
Writing instruction, Writing Something Rotten!: A Lesson in Alliteration Drema DrudgeApril 1, 2019 First of all, welcome, new readers! So glad to have you aboard our writing raft. When is something rotten anything but? When it’s the musical, of course! Barry and I went to see the musical Something Rotten! recently.He bought me the cd… Continue reading Something Rotten: A Lesson in Alliteration
Cupid gave me the best gift. Before I go on, though, let me be clear: this post IS NOT sponsored. My dearest bought me a Rocketbook Everlast for Valentine’s Day. Why, you ask? Because I enjoy making lists and checking things off when I’ve finished them. Sometimes I am in the mood to write a… Continue reading Rocketbook Everlast: A Writer’s Little Helper
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com My goal is to work out every day. I enjoy working out, and that’s the problem. Choices. I didn’t decide last night, so this morning (while I was thinking about writing this post — or not) I had to decide: the gym, outdoors, YouTube, Beachbody, video, or free form? Beachbody.… Continue reading Make It Easy On Your Writing Self!
(Barry's smile makes him look like Paul Stanley of Kiss here. Just sayin'...) Recently, Barry and I went to the beach for the first time this season. (Mentally insert a muppet flail of joy and an image of me digging my toes into the sand.) As two writers (which automatically makes us readers) do, after… Continue reading Beach Reading–But Not Necessarily Beach Reads
Photo by Suzy Hazelwood on Pexels.com If you’re a writer or a reader, you’ve likely heard the phrase “literary citizenship.” While it means different things to different people, to us at W.A.T.T. it means participating meaningfully and deeply in the literary life: reading, writing, sharing, suggesting. It means finding new ways to connect people and… Continue reading Committed to Good Literary Citizenship!
Photo by Pok Rie on Pexels.com When it comes to news and most internet content, short sentences are preferred. White space is queen. When you read both today’s writers of literary fiction and authors of yore (did I just write yore?), however, you’ll find they’re not afraid to command your attention for longer swaths of… Continue reading (Sentence) Length Matters