My son made me a notebook. It consists of six pieces of construction paper held together with copious amounts of tape. (Note to self: Skip presents this Christmas and just buy son jumbo rolls of tape.) He gave it to me because he knows I like to write and immediately asked me what I would write in it.…Continue
Time never seems to be on our side. In the few moments that you are able to sneak away to write while the kids are asleep or at school, the piles of laundry continue to grow, the dishes aren’t washing themselves and no celebrity chef is showing up with a week’s worth of groceries and pre-planned…Continue
The recipe post. It seems simple enough, right? List some ingredients, some instructions, shoot off a few pictures and you’re done! Not so much. In order to create a recipe post that keeps your readers coming back for seconds, it requires an eye for detail, meticulous methodology and great…Continue
What can be said about writer’s block that hasn’t already been said? Writer’s block isn’t just a condition; it’s also a feeling. It’s heavy on the shoulders. It makes the back ache, the fingers paralyzed and the mind numb. And it happens for a reason. It happens because you’re bored.
The challenge of writer’s block is…Continue
Author: Marija Bulatovic
Publisher: SOL LLC
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Added by Mayra Calvani on January 24, 2015 at 4:21pm — No Comments
I was standing in the kitchen cleaning up after dinner when I heard my son's "serious voice" behind me.
"Excuse me, Mommy. I need you to read this."
He handed me a notepad, and…
Added by Lauren Markman on December 17, 2014 at 6:23am — No Comments
I am so disappointed in myself!
I started a blog in 2008 and found wonderful guidance through Mom Bloggers Club along with fantastic connections that created a few friendships that I still have to this day. Recently MBC posted "Spruce Up Your Blog In 10 Easy Steps". Really good tips and resources. One I definitely needed, since my blog has been around for so long, was the BrokenLinkCheck.com. When this service was finished with my free scan I was shocked at how many links I had to…Continue
I cannot be the only one…whose weeks are so full of things to do that they fly by fast and whose weekends fly by even faster. Time has a horrible habit of getting away from me (notice how I don't take the blame for simply having bad time management skills) and before I know it it's Friday afternoon and I have so much yet to accomplish. This past week was no different then the rest and we had quite a few things going on per usual.
It was a gray and chilly day…Continue
Added by Janice Perry on January 12, 2014 at 4:22pm — No Comments
My mom taught me to write thank you notes (thanks, Mom!), because we are civilized, polite people who have respect for our loved ones and an overall fondness for the complex social cues found in Jane Austen novels.
She gave me the basic formula when I was little:
Thank person for…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 27, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
** Apparently, hormones, cramps, and child birth weren't enough, so we have night sweats to add to all the fun.
** Goatdog likes Mammaw so much that he wants to eat her.…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on September 6, 2013 at 6:03pm — No Comments
** I have approximately 0% of my time to dedicate to writing anymore.
** When someone says, "You look tired", what they're really saying is, "You look like shit."…Continue
With summer camps ending, I have become the unofficial director of "Camp Mama", who's expected to have full-day schedules of wild and exciting adventures planned for each and every day. Thus, my time for writing even something as small as a to-do list has become pretty much non-existent. The following is what I…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on July 25, 2013 at 8:47pm — No Comments
Read my latest blog post to discover how fiction writing affects real-life based on the movie "Stranger than Fiction".
Comments and dialogue are extremely appreciated. Thank you in advance for reading and sharing.
Added by Jeannette Kirchner on March 7, 2013 at 10:21pm — No Comments
I just can't sit still for long periods of time. I always had trouble sitting still when I was in school, during church service, or waiting for a doctors appointment. I find out years later that I have restless leg syndrome, which would explain why I always tap my feet on the floor when I sit down and kicking my legs all night during my sleep. When I have to sit on a plane for several hours my legs get so tense and I start to freak out if I can't move or stretch them. Just the idea that…Continue
Added by KayK on March 6, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
Children often question their purpose in life, especially if they are dealing with older siblings who take away attention from them. As a parent how do you talk with your little ones about this very sensitive subject? You could sit down and talk about what role they play in the family and how important they are to the family. Perhaps you could show them, after all actions speak louder than words. My guest is author Dolores Mitchell and she has created a wonderful story that points…Continue
Added by Kristi Bernard on December 2, 2012 at 9:43pm — No Comments
I have spoken with several aspiring writers recently and the consensus is that they feel overwhelmed and lost. The questions of where to begin and how to write a query letter are frequent. I have also heard the question regarding how to pitch an idea to a magazine without having any clips. Breaking into a career as a freelance writer can be daunting. I am lumping myself in with the pack of people who dream of the day where writing is their sole career and a profitable one at…Continue
Added by Wendy McCance on September 25, 2012 at 7:11pm — No Comments
Added by Kristi Bernard on September 11, 2012 at 3:10pm — No Comments
I was reading a few funny blog posts the other day from writers who were getting a little frustrated with social media.
They didn't want to blog or tweet or Skype or sell - they just wanted to write. And while their comments were funny, they were serious.
I could relate. While most of the time, I'm very enthusiastic about blogging…Continue
Added by Diane Majeske on April 28, 2012 at 11:06am — No Comments
The plethora of information you can find on the internet is nothing short of amazing. I find myself using the internet for researching, shopping or simply just having fun viewing websites that peak my interest. Long gone are the days of the World Book Encyclopedia and other print publications I remember using for my school book reports. The library in our town doesn’t even carry half the books I am looking for because the amount of visitors they used to get have dwindled as have the number…Continue
Added by Shivani Cotter on March 7, 2012 at 9:46pm — No Comments
I thought this was a fun writing prompt. I have always believed I was born in the wrong era. Don't get me wrong, I love living in the USA. I love all the comforts of electricity, inside plumbing, and having a Walmart just down the road. Oh and don't forget the automobile to get me back and forth to Walmart. :) But there are times when I wish I lived in a different time period.
When I was a young girl, I used to spend many hours in the library reading. Some of my…Continue
Added by Karen on February 19, 2012 at 1:31am — No Comments