What Not to Write: Overdone poetry themes

July 10, 2014

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Kelly Davio from the Tahoma Literary Review Dragon - Oslo-had some great insights about what she sees coming across the transom  during open submission periods or during contests.

I have to admit that because our poetry Collection – And the Beats Go On, asked for Beat poems specifically, I did not come across these categories.  But if you are a new writer, and so many of us are, these are great categories to write about, then put away and not send out.

Here’s what Davio says is overrepresented in her “in” box:

  • My child said something amazing. Kids do say the darndest things, but it’s often more charming to the parent or to other family members than it is to the stranger who doesn’t already know and love your little one.
  • Someone I love got very sick. This one is tricky; there’s possiblyRead More

Episode 138: “In Soviet Podcast, We Listen To You!”

July 3, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Writing is difficult on a trip, most of us travel with family, or even in a tour group. And that’s fine, but what happens when the trip does exactly what you hope, and you become wonderfully inspired?

You can’t just stop everything and take time off to record your thoughts, there are stately palaces to tour, museums to visit and beer to drink.

So what can you do?

Be messy: Any writing is a win in this situation. When you do find a place and time to write, just make notes.

Make notes - a notebook or scratching away on purloined pieces of hotel stationery is not very intrusive and can be done anywhere.

that’s nice but where can I even find time?

Do laundry. I needed to babysit our laundry – couldn’t really abandoned it. So I spent a good hour and a halfRead More

Episode 137 – What Not To Write And Tips!

June 24, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Courtney Killian

Courtney KillianAbout Me (From Courtney’s Website)

I am a 19-year-old college student planning on getting a degree in elementary education. I’m starting this blog to get my dead pieces out and send out writing tips. I may also blog the first draft of my first full-length novel. I am currently unpublished, but I have a dream of becoming published. With a lot of work, I’ll become a small town girl that achieves a crazy big dream.

Courtney is a regular contributor to our show having revitalised our ‘Bring Out Your Dead’ segment. She also sends in responses to our prompts that are posted each week. Below is the most recent one from a few shows ago. Make sure you check out Courtney’s website: http://whatnottowriteandwritingtips.wordpress.com/

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Jack London – Author/Adventurer

June 19, 2014

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I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.

I just finished reading Early Labor’s Jack London.  And since I live close by, I took a pilgrimage to London’s home and grave in Jack London State Park.

Jack London was a self- made man, an adventurer to be sure, and he started young and ended young.  And he was a brilliant writer with many of his works – like Martin Eden, Valley of the Moon, and The Little Lady of the Big House, autobiographical.

He was considered a “man’s man” and promoted that image because it aligned with his articles and books of adventure both in Alaska – White Fang and The Call of the Wild, and in the South Pacific , The Cruise of the Snark and South Sea tales.

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Episode 136 – “Conference Wi-Fi Rocks!”

June 16, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guests: Kira Budge and Julia Byers

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The Chapter One Young Writers Conference is just what it sounds like: a writing conference for young writers.

Founded in 2012, the first conference took place in Chicago with six teenagers in attendance in person and countless others attending via an online live stream. It was an experiment limited to members of the Scholastic’s Write It community and their friends: Could a group of teenagers from across North America really get together and run their own conference? Like, with worthwhile and informative presentations, and networking, and all the cool stuff of a writing conference for adults?

The answer soon became apparent: Yes.

And so the Chapter One Young Writers Conference was born.

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More Rules for Writers

June 11, 2014

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 Cheerfully taken from the Huffington post:

Some writers are great, some are contemplative, and some have advice that is actually decent and applicable.  This is from an essay by Carolyn Gregoire:

Writers copy.

I know it sounds crazy, but many authors discovered their voice by copying writer’s they admired.

Hunter S. Thompson was known to transcribe Ernest Hemingway’s novels in full, just to absorb the words — he typed out The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms in the hopes of absorbing as much wisdom as possible from his literary idol.

Write from your own truth.

In an interview with The Paris Review, Gabriel García Márquez advised young writers, based on his own experience, to write what they know.

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Episode 135 – “Karma Is Your Best Publicist!”

June 7, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Karma Bennett



Karma Bennett offers fully customized publicity campaigns tailored to the needs of her clients. In addition to traditional publicity outreach, she offers assistance with social media, marketing, SEO, book tours, and branding. She loves helping authors find the value in Twitter, Tumblr and other social media resources. Some of the genres she’s worked with include fitness, health, horror, sexuality, pop culture, humor, and young adult. Karma has secured publicity on a wide variety of media, including Cosmopolitan, Fox & Friends, Woman’s World, Mother Jones, USA Today and LA Weekly.

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The French Influence on Data

June 4, 2014

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The things you discover when you create classes.

I am writing the lectures for a World Literature class  and one of the readings is Guy de Maupassant’s  “The Necklace”.  We often think we know everything about the classics in general and famous writers in particular, like that de Maupassant is French.

But further research revealed a couple more interesting details:

He lunched at the base of the Eiffel Tower because it was the only place where you couldn’t see the damn thing.EiffelTowerVegas

His wrote his own epitaph: “I have coveted everything and taken pleasure in nothing.”  Which could be considered very Fin de Siècle.

And Maupassant influenced Gene Roddenberry. In the  The Questor Tapes, Roddenberry created his  android character,  Questor as a being who was actually well read, whichRead More

Episode 134 – “Guns and Fries?”

May 31, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

This week we don’t have a guest and decided to talk about anything and everything. There’s talk of vans, guns, fries and oh some writing to do with map creation, why he said, she said is painful…… plus more. Who needs show notes when you’ll have to listen? Catharine’s off to Russia for three weeks so wish her all the best!

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Best revenge scenario. What would you love to do to an enemy to get even? What elaborate plot would you concoct? Would you wait and serve up revenge cold? Or got at it with white hot enthusiasm. Many great novels have been built on this idea – what’s yours?

Tortured Sentences:

If you as a writer have no rules, which you apparently do not, I could not possibly live with myself in terms ofRead More

New Facts

May 28, 2014

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I was wrong.  All this time I thought that at the tender age of five, I wrote a story about the boy and the lion. when in reality I  dictated and illustrated the story when I was three.  And disappointingly, even though the  legend clearly states that the lion ate the boy in the end – sadly, it only roared.

A very Katy Perry moment.

The legend is more interesting.  If the lion ate the boy, then it was a murder and that’s what I write, so that feeds into my legend.  Discovering that the boy is NOT eaten in the end was disappointing to say the least.  All this time my memory was of the lion eating the boy, which legitimately questions what exactly was I watching and reading when I was three.


We automatically choose what we promote and what we hide.  It’s human nature and ofRead More