I always appreciated—and what I appreciate even more now, in the wake of dozens of post-apocalyptic series that didn’t work nearly as well—was that the camera always kept its eye firmly turned toward the people, not the ruins. -- Todd VanDerWerff I read that quote a while back at the very bottom of an article… Continue reading Building strong narratives in the post-apocalyptic genre
I have a tumblr blog that keeps track of all the things I find useful for writing or art-making. It's gathering a fair chunk of content now and I figured other people might also find it useful. It's called: pensandpaintbrushes Everything is tagged, so you can find subjects easily. Here are just a few… Continue reading For writers and artists: prompts, resources, inspiration, motivation
Space romance! Yes!
Length: 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Payment: $25 (US) paid upon publication, promotional biography with two links, and a complimentary quarter-page advertisement.
Deadline: May 01, 2014.
One short story will be published per quarterly issue. Please send only edited and polished work, with the understanding that the majority will be rejected. Due to time constraints, we are unable to give personalized feedback on rejected stories.
Stories that tie-in to a previously established world will be considered, but story must stand alone.
All sub-genres of science fiction will be considered.
Any heat level, from sweet to erotic, will be considered. Be aware that the fiction…
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Writing a novel by yourself is hard enough, so how do you corroborate your thoughts and work ethic with someone else's? It's actually very easy if you've got the patience, understanding, diplomacy skills and motivation to keep the ball rolling. This is not a how-to guide. This is not an example of: The One True… Continue reading How to Collaboratively Write a Book Series
Hello, buccaneers! By tomorrow morning, week one of NaNoWriMo will be trailing in the dust behind us and then begins the week two push. But let's take a five minute break. I mean, well freaking done for all the words you've written. Phew, imagine if you'd never started? You'd really be nowhere. So let's stop… Continue reading The #NaNoWriMo Week One Quizz!
Humanity is no longer alone, and they’re evolving, as two women struggle to cope with their duties in a new frontier. by W. H. Wood and Mitch K. Allan Look at that beautiful cover. It's hard to believe it's the cover of our first published series, currently airing on Big World Network. WHAT'S IT ABOUT?… Continue reading Bloodshot Buck: new sci-fi series by Willow and Mitch
Writing a novel or a short story is challenging at the best of times. There's plot holes to consider, bathrooms to be cleaned, food to be eaten and, sometimes, motivation to be found. I've been writing novels for the past seven years and yet I still suffer from chronic procrastination. When my Deadline disappears I… Continue reading 6 Ways for Writers to Procrastinate and Still be Productive!
What are the spin-off mangas like? Are you a fan of the popular anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion? Do you want to know what the spin-off mangas are like? Then this review is for you! I'm a fan of the original series and most of its varing manifestations. I was recently surprised to discover that… Continue reading Evangelion Manga Reviews: Apocalypse and Beaches
This has to be the best "Fifty Shades" marketing pun out there. That's it, they don't get better or more tongue in cheek than this. Now stop. But I'm not posting this to rage about marketing puns, or Fifty Shades of Gray. I want to share with you a new book. A fantastic book. A… Continue reading Fifty Shades of Feminism
"Dive right in!" they said. "It'll be fun!" they said. I'm talking about the word-cannon of inspiration. Getting to know your characters. If you've done much writing in your life before, you'll know that starting anything can be one of the hardest things. NaNoWriMo is no exception. It's… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Prep: THREE ways to load your characters into the NaNo-launch-day cannon
After a staggering amount of entries (hah), we're ready to announce the winner of the Final Fantasy Flash-Fan-Fiction Contest. I'm gutted more people didn't enter. I was looking forward to reading what people might come up with, fan-fic writers always have a way of surprising me. Perhaps we'll try again in the near-distant-future. You just… Continue reading Winner!
Oh, the editing process. How I love and loath it all at once. It's like trying to glue worms together into a pretty neat line but their slippery skin keeps shrugging off all the glue. On good days, it's like shooting rainbows from a cat-cannon. It's fun, except for the part where it drives you… Continue reading Covers for my novels – let’s take a break
Because I don't already have enough to do, I thought I'd host a contest for Final Fantasy fan-fic writers. I love to see fans hard at work fangasming with creativity, and I love to make GMVs, which I haven't been making enough of lately. So, I thought I'd combine the two. How would you like… Continue reading Final Fantasy Flash-Fan-Fiction Contest
You've got to understand that you must start small. The profits of your labour will not germinate quickly or easily. You've got to have patience. You've got to write in some form every week, even if you think you can't. You have to. You've got to improve your craft, because writing is hard. It is.… Continue reading Today’s writing motivation in a few concise words (for those having a bad day)
It's true that reading books/comics/manga or watching a film/TV series can change a person's perspective on things. We can see our faults reflected in others, we can see our virtues, we can think outside of our small bubbles and we can learn to understand others. We can also be inspired to change the things we… Continue reading Fictional Characters Who Changed My Life