by Sherry Harris
Recently a Facebook friend asked me if I would talk via Skype to three classes of sixth graders in New Port Richey, Florida. They are taking a creative writing class. I said yes, then immediately regretted it because I was afraid I didn’t have anything interesting to say. Continue reading
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 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.
The Eric Hoffer Book Award recognizes excellence in independent publishing. Prizes awarded by genre, press, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vince Eye, the First Horizon Award, and the Hoffer grand prize. Entry deadline: January 21, 2018. Continue reading
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
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 in my Bill of Writes through a series of articles. For all twenty-one items, refer to Write In Style, published by BookLogix and available on Amazon.
You Have the Right to: Set goals
by Barbara Florio Graham
Canada’s anti-spam legislation came into effect on July 1, 2014. The law generally prohibits individuals and businesses from sending commercial email to Canadians without their consent.
Three federal agencies that work at arm’s length from the Government share responsibility for enforcing the legislation: the Competition Bureau, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Continue reading