Writers & Writing




Websites of interest:

Writing contestsNewpages.com.  Many have low entry fees, a few are even free and you can search by deadline.

Encouragement- Advice from Moira Allen, who hosts one of the top writing sites: Writing-World.com.  Here’s a link to her current piece about promoting your book.

Pulitzer-Prize winning author John McPhee’s piece “Draft No. 4” in the April 29 New Yorker great appeal is its honesty and relevancy. He bemoans his “inability to get going until five in the afternoon” (for me it’s four); “my animal sense of being hunted” (I’m being hunted by four animals every day); and “my resemblance to the sand of Gibraltar,” (I’m no longer the rock I once was, either).

Loved his remarks about dictionary versus thesaurus as a writing aide, and of course the endless struggle writers endure to find the right words.

DECEMBER 18, 2013

“Writing is a kind of performing art, and I can’t sit down to write unless I’m dressed. I don’t mean dressed in a suit, but dressed well and comfortably and I have to be shaved and bathed.” Actor Peter O’Toole

29 May 2013 rant:

“What surprises me most about people’s skills is how poor their writing and grammar are, even for college graduates.” Eleonora Sharef, co-founder of HireArt.

Sharef was referring to job applicants, but I also see an enormous tsunami of “indy” or “self-published” writers who lack writing and grammar skills. These chuckleheads have proliferated because it’s easy to become a “published” writer via vanity presses, POD publishing and eBooks.

It’s shocking and unacceptable, and why I couldn’t stomach our local writers’ group after two meetings. With the exception of a local newspaper reporter and a young wannabe novelist, no one in the room had a clue about the basics of writing nor did they have any desire to learn. Heaven forbid anyone would fact-check, proofread his/her work or spell correctly. That’s for amateurs!

One old fellow, who they cheer on and applaud for some incomprehensible reason, has self-published 33 books of unreadable, unsellable drivel! They’re an oozing mass of co-dependent, lazy, talentless numbskulls. And there are millions more out there in Cyberspace! Scary!

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