11 NaNoWriMo Books That Have Been Published – Mental Floss

Need inspiration? Find out about some NaNoWriMo books that have been published!

11 NaNoWriMo Books That Have Been Published – Mental Floss.

PiBoIdMo Day 2: Robert Weinstock’s Terminal Condition: Beginning « Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

Here’s a post that’s sure to inspire any literary or visual artist. It was written for picture book people, but it’s great for painters and novelists, too.

PiBoIdMo Day 2: Robert Weinstock’s Terminal Condition: Beginning « Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).


Blockbuster Hints from Agent Donald Maass

Follow the link below to a list of blockbuster novel hints from super agent Donald Maass.

If you ever have a chance to take one of his workshops, don’t miss it! His books are great, too.

Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Fifteen Writing Exercises to Rev Your Engines

Here are some writing exercises to get you started today, You never know what will spark your imagination. They also seem good for teachers looking for assignments.

Writing Exercises | PoeWar.

Illustrator Saturday – Lisa Anchin « Writing and Illustrating

Inspiration for Picture Book Idea Month! Here’s an interview with Lisa Anchin.

Illustrator Saturday – Lisa Anchin « Writing and Illustrating.

Beans: A Warm Up Poem

Like thousands of other writers, I will be participating in National Novel Writing Month.

To warm up each morning, or at least until I run out of steam, I will write an original poem on this blog.

I’ll start early with this one. It is about cooking dried beans. If you need an idea today, try writing about something you have cooked, about an evocative scent, or about time.


Last night,
after buying a bag
of dried
navy beans
in the most
crowded aisle
of the grocery store,
I measured
two cups of
the small white
seeds into a bowl
I bought too long
ago to remember
and covered them
with water.
All night,
while autumn
breezes rustled
brittle cottonwood
leaves outside
our closed windows,
they plumped up
until, as the sun
rose, I rinsed
and poured them
into the crockery
cooker, where
now they simmer,
filling the house
with the perfume
of Italian spices
and time.

copyright Linda J. Armstrong 10/22/2012 All rights reserved

Picture Prompts « Writing@lasesana

Here are more great writing prompts. These are photographs. Pick one and go for it. (Or hang around and read more entries from Writing@lasesana.)

Picture Prompts « Writing@lasesana.

Write for the Joy of It

Sometimes, I catch myself saying, “tomorrow I have to write.”

Of course this is not true. The world will not fall to bits if I do not write tomorrow. If I do not finish my current novel, nobody will ever know but me, and the friends I have told.  Even they will not miss it. They have their own.

I do not have to write tomorrow, but if I do, I will experience a kind of joy I cannot find any other way.

I am a writer, and though it can sometimes be hard to start, I love writing. It brings me joy.

This passage is quoted in the britelites blog.

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.
By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Read the rest of the post at http://britelites.wordpress.com/




Using Meaning for Inspiration in Fiction Writing « Presents of Mind

Non-writers do not understand. They ask “where do you get your ideas.”  As you know, the real problem is much tougher. Which of the thousands of ideas you have banging on the door of your brain do you pursue? This article presents an engaging approach to this difficulty, and could bring you true success as a writer.

Using Meaning for Inspiration in Fiction Writing « Presents of Mind.