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I’ve recently discovered the joy of writing prompts.

Writing prompts aren’t new.  They are little bits of starters for writers to begin a story, typically a short story or flash fiction.  However, they are new to me. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’ve given some serious contemplation lately about entering more writing contests other than the Writer’s Digest annual competition.  This begs the question, how many competitions should an author enter?

Once upon a time, before I decided to sit down and write my novel, I thought it would be great to enter one writing contest per month.  The problem with this was, most writing contests are either poetry or short stories.  I cannot write poetry for anything, and I’ve also found that short story writing requires a lot of concentration and time, much more than I can juggle with family, job, school and novel writing. Read the rest of this entry »

All this talk about the Marshall Plan has me thinking about the 3DN competition that is held over Labor Day weekend.  This would be the first time that I would enter a book writing competition and I am very excited about it.  The Rules state that you can outline your book beforehand, so over the next few weeks, I am going to mull over an outline using the Marshall Plan.

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