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Bits and Pieces for January 2018

By Sandra Murphy, Editor, SPAWNews – editor@spawn.org

Whine Less, Write More: The No-Excuses Guide to Getting Your Butt in the Chair, Your Head Out of the Clouds & Your Words onto Paper Kindle Edition
by Linda Formichelli (Author),‎ Diana Burrell (Author) from the Renegade Writer Press

If you want to write but feel you’re too old, too young, too tired, too busy, too uneducated, too broke, or too boring, listen up: It’s time to stop whining and start writing! Continue reading

Bobbie’s Bill of Writes #7 and #8 in a series

by Bobbie Christmas

I devoted an entire chapter to my Bill of Writes for writers in my seven-award-winning book on creative writing titled Write In Style: How to Use Your Computer to Improve Your Writing. Special to SPAWN, I have agreed to list and explain each item. Below you’ll find numbers seven and eight in my Bill of Writes. For all twenty-one items, refer to Write In Style, published by BookLogix and available on Amazon. Continue reading

More Chicago Style Updates by Bobbie Christmas

Q: I’m told not to use the Enter button or the Tab button. How do I go to the next line and to the next paragraph?

A: You’ve been told a little bit wrong. First, you absolutely must hit the Enter (or Return) key to start a new paragraph. In addition, to indent the first line of each paragraph, you can either set an automatic five-space indent using the indentation tool on the ruler at the top of the document or you can hit the Tab key after starting each new paragraph. In the past we were taught not to use the Tab key to indent, but the seventeenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style now allows it. Continue reading

Gemini Magazine

Gemini Magazine submissions for 2018 are now open. There is no fee for submitting and payment is $10 per published piece. They publish short stories, flash fiction and poetry.

Gemini Magazine now accepts entries for their eighth annual Poetry Open with a first prize of $1,000 plus five additional cash awards. The entry fee is $7 for three poems. Deadline: January 2, 2018. They welcome all styles of poetry on any topic.

How to Write a Book: Everything You Need to Know in 20 Steps (Part 5)

15. Fill your story with conflict and tension

by Jerry Jenkins

Your reader craves conflict, and yes, this applies to nonfiction readers as well.

In a novel, if everything is going well and everyone is agreeing, your reader will soon lose interest and find something else to do—like watch paint dry.

Are two of your characters talking at the dinner table? Have one say something that makes the other storm out. Continue reading