Feb. 1, 2013: Three quick Tips for Writers

Dear writers,

I have been AWOL here quite a bit lately because I’m writing, writing, writing on a couple of new projects. Also, I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to read long blogs these days. So I’m going to try something different. Once a week I am going to offer three quick tips that you can take and use right away. I’ll probably throw in something longer occasionally, but otherwise, this will be a blog you can get in and out of quickly and go back to work.

Click this:

Blogs for poets and other writers: Robert Lee Brewer, senior content editor for the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, puts out two blogs, Poetic Asides, http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides, and My Name is Not Bob, http://robertleebrewer.blogspot.com. At Poetic Asides, he offers prompts and inspiration for poets and hosts two annual poem-a-day challenges. Today at the Not Bob site, he has published a great list of blogs for writers.

Try this:

This prompt from the November Poem-a-Day challenge blew my mind. It’s so logical, but it never occurred to me to do it. Take the last line of the last poem you wrote (or the last story) and use it as the first line of  a new poem or story.

Read This:

Ploughshares is a well-respected literary journal that has been publishing poetry, fiction, essays and memoir for many years. It’s a great market to aspire to and a great journal to read. Now they have gone into the digital world by not only making Ploughshares available for e-readers but offering what they call Ploughshares Solos, stories that are too short for a book and too long to fit in the magazine. Check it out at http://pshares.org.

Now go write.