Let Your Voice Be Heard

I really enjoyed this post from Writers In the Storm….

Writers In The Storm Blog

medium_5475036666By Travis Erwin

Defining voice is a bit like nailing Jell-O to the wall. The harder you try, the messier things get, but let’s pick up that hammer and give it a whack anyway.

Voice is a writing style. It is both a particular book’s, and its author’s personality—right there on the page. In acting terms, think stage presence. Voice is not just about word choice, but also sentence and story structure. Voice can be everything.It can overcome a weak plot, unlikable characters, even shaky grammar and sloppy writing. Voice is the proverbial, “I don’t know what it is, but I know it when I see it”.

And whatever it is, it grows in a bed of confidence so as writers we must learn to trust ourselves—and  our voices.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which…

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RWA Countdown: One Stop Shop for Linkage

Lots of good links here….

Angela Quarles | Geek girl romance writer

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Joss Whedon talks about the future

Jo-Ann Carson


Third generation screenwriter Joss Whedon has a cult following for many, if not all his works (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse…the list goes on).

A master storyteller at his prime, he gave a commencement speech to the graduates of his alma mater Wesleyan last week. He finished by talking about how the students will change the future – how we all change the future.

“So here’s the thing about changing the world. It turns out that’s not even the question, because you don’t have a choice. You are going to change the world, because that is actually what the world is. You do not pass through this life, it passes through you. You experience it, you interpret it, you act, and then it is different. That happens constantly. You are changing the world. You always have been, and now, it becomes real on a level that it hasn’t…

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Don’t believe everything you read in the news

I like this post


I don’t often write about my job, but after thinking this over for the last two days I’ve decided I should.

On Monday evening our desk was sent a tip about a recent presentation that Elizabeth Smart made at a human trafficking forum at Johns Hopkins. We put our feelers out to see if another desk had something in the works, but we concluded that there wasn’t anything coming.

My boss then tasked me to write up a piece and get it online.

I had been sent a video link from our social media specialist and was able to watch her speech in its entirety. And I did, several times. I was also sent a link to a brief from the Christian Science Monitor. I read through it and did my own google search.

I was confused. The reports that I was reading seemed to have come from a…

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C.A. Szarek’s Sword’s Call Book Release Giveaway

SwordsCall72dpiIt’s with great pleasure I introduce one of my friends and critique partners, author C.A. Szarek. She’s on a blog tour promoting the release of her amazing fantasy “Sword’s Call.”

One lucky person who comments will choose their prize: either a SWAG prize pack or an eBook of Sword’s Call.

I managed to snag C.A. long enough to ask her a few questions about her hectic, rewarding writing life.

Hi C.A.! When did you write your first story? Tell us about it.

When I was about 14, I decided I wanted to be a writer. I actually wrote books when I was fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, and seventeen. The only one I finished was the one I wrote when I was seventeen, Dani’s Plight, after re-writing it a few times in my 20s. I might look at it again someday and do something with it. Hmmmm, the book I wrote when…

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