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Get Your Manuscript Published! Register today for the 2016 Hunt Country Writers' Retreat
04/18/2016
Get Your Manuscript Published!

Get Your Manuscript Published! Register today for the 2016 Hunt Country Writers' Retreat

Get Your Manuscript Published! Register today for the 2016 Hunt Country Writers' Retreat

Only ten more days to take advantage of the early registration discount for the 2016 Hunt Country Writers' Retreat! You ...
03/21/2016
Writers' Retreat

Only ten more days to take advantage of the early registration discount for the 2016 Hunt Country Writers' Retreat! You can sign up here: http://bit.ly/1o1pqx0

Writers' Retreat

02/25/2016

Our Hunt Country Writers' Retreat is returning--Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21, at the Parish House, 105 E. Washington Street in Middleburg, VA. This is our fourth year and we are focusing on the world of independent publishing and how writers can create a path to success outside traditional publishing. Our presenter is a well respected New York editor, Paul Dinas. We are planning other "writerly" activities as well.

Have you published your work independently? If so, this contest may be for you. The deadline is April 1. The prize is $8...
02/10/2016
Competitions | WritersDigest.com

Have you published your work independently? If so, this contest may be for you. The deadline is April 1. The prize is $8,000!
http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions

Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Writer’s Digest hosts the 24th Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This competition spotlights self-published books in 9 categories! This is your chance to win $8,000 in cash, a feature article about you and your book in the March/April 2017 issue, and a pai…

This was posted in a writer's group elsewhere on Facebook. Do you agree with all of these?
02/10/2016

This was posted in a writer's group elsewhere on Facebook. Do you agree with all of these?

We're working on our spring retreat right now so watch this space for more information. In the meantime, enjoy:
02/09/2016

We're working on our spring retreat right now so watch this space for more information. In the meantime, enjoy:

Just something light for today.
01/18/2016

Just something light for today.

If you just can't get enough of Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), check this out. We wonder what, if any, significance th...
01/05/2016
Groundbreaking Publishing Project to Be Released

If you just can't get enough of Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), check this out. We wonder what, if any, significance this has for non-famous writers or if it's just a one-off gimmick:http://www.bookbusinessmag.com/article/press-release-julian-fellowess-belgravia-a-groundbreaking-new-publishing-project-to-be-launched-by-grand-central-publishing-in-april-2016/#utm_source=book-business-insight&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=2016-01-05&utm_content=press+release%3A+julian+fellowes%27s+%3Ci%3Ebelgravia%3C%2Fi%3E+%E2%80%94+a+groundbreaking+new+publishing+project+%E2%80%94+to+be+launched+by+grand+central+publishing+in+april+2016-7

NEW YORK—January 4, 2016—Grand Central Publishing (GCP) is excited to announce a groundbreaking new publishing project by Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes. GCP acquired the North American rights to the project – Julian Fellowes’s BELGRAVIA — from Orion Publishing, a division of Hachette U…

Here you will find an interesting blog post about what constitutes an iconic character--read the comments, too, because ...
12/29/2015
What Makes Iconic Characters Unforgettable? | Writing Forward

Here you will find an interesting blog post about what constitutes an iconic character--read the comments, too, because they add considerably to the discussion: http://www.writingforward.com/storytelling/iconic-characters?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WritingForward+%28Writing+Forward%29

You know these iconic characters: Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, and many more. What makes them so unforgettable?

Check out these writing contests with cash prizes:http://www.freedomwithwriting.com/freedom/uncategorized/7-free-writing...
12/21/2015
8 Free Writing Contests With Cash Prizes ($500–$10,000)

Check out these writing contests with cash prizes:

http://www.freedomwithwriting.com/freedom/uncategorized/7-free-writing-contests-with-cash-prizes/

2016 is fast approaching. What better way to enter it than with some writing contests? We’ve gathered 7 writing competitions to keep your eye on in the coming months. Whether you’re looking for a fellowship or a grant, we’ve got you covered. Best of all, there’s no entry fee for any of them!

12/14/2015

Here are V.S. Naipaul's rules of writing, as found on lithub.com:
1. Do not write long sentences. A sentence should not have more than 10 or 12 words.
2. Each sentence should make a clear statement. It should add to the statement that went before. A good paragraph is a series of clear, linked statements
.3. Do not use big words. If your computer tells you that your average word is more than five letters long, there is something wrong. The use of small words compels you to think about what you are writing. Even difficult ideas can be broken down into small words.
4. Never use words whose meanings you are not sure of. If you break this rule you should look for other work.
5. The beginner should avoid using adjectives, except those of color, size and number. Use as few adverbs as possible.
6. Avoid the abstract. Always go for the concrete.
7. Every day, for six months at least, practice writing in this way. Small words; clear, concrete sentences. It may be awkward, but it’s training you in the use of language. It may even be getting rid of the bad language habits you picked up at the university. You may go beyond these rules after you have thoroughly understood and mastered them.

A little note of encouragement on a beautiful Sunday morning from a Pulitzer Prize winner:
12/06/2015

A little note of encouragement on a beautiful Sunday morning from a Pulitzer Prize winner:

Now this is just sad!
11/21/2015

Now this is just sad!

11/19/2015

We're getting to that time of year when critics, et al, start compiling their "best books of 2015" lists. What was your best book of the year?

We don't usually post twice in one day but we just saw this blog. We are working on bringing a professional editor to ou...
11/17/2015
Don’t Scrimp on an Editor | WritersDigest.com

We don't usually post twice in one day but we just saw this blog. We are working on bringing a professional editor to our Hunt Country Writers' Retreat (more on that soon) and this blog is very relevant to that: http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/dont-scrimp-on-an-editor?utm_source=&utm_campaign=%%__AdditionalEmailAttribute2%%&utm_content=799614_WDE151117&utm_medium=email

After writing my memoir for over four years – and that means producing 6-10 pages every other week for my read and critique group – I figured I was finishe

An interesting blog post from Writer Unboxed--it might make you reconsider some of your own writing, or what you've been...
11/12/2015
What Grabs Readers: The Inside Story

An interesting blog post from Writer Unboxed--it might make you reconsider some of your own writing, or what you've been told by others (most likely over and over): http://writerunboxed.com/2015/11/12/what-grabs-readers-the-inside-story/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WriterUnboxed+%28Writer+Unboxed%29

I ended my post last month with the fact that what readers are wired to respond to in a story – to wit: the protagonist’s escalating internal struggle — is not what writers have been taught t…

Timeline Photos
11/11/2015

Timeline Photos

A you a short story writer? Would you like to try? Here's a link to an article which lists several short story publisher...
10/29/2015
8 Short Story Publishers that Pay $1,000 or More

A you a short story writer? Would you like to try? Here's a link to an article which lists several short story publishers that pay quite well:

http://www.freedomwithwriting.com/freedom/uncategorized/8-short-story-publishers-that-pay-1000-or-more/

The following is a list of publishers that pay $1,000 for short stories. Some of these publishers pay more than that. All of them pay a maximum of at least $1,000 per publication. Included in this list is a variety of types of publications.

Second post of the day but it's important. Here's another contest for writers of young adult fiction. Check it out:http:...
10/21/2015
19th Free "Dear Lucky Agent" Contest: Young Adult Fiction | WritersDigest.com

Second post of the day but it's important. Here's another contest for writers of young adult fiction. Check it out:
http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/19th-free-dear-lucky-agent-contest-young-adult-fiction?et_mid=792883&rid=239276894

This free contest for writers of young adult fiction (any category) is hosted by Writer's Digest, and judged by agent Eric Smith of PS Literary.

Check out this flash fiction contest from Writer Unboxed. If you win, it's something to add to your platform--and all of...
09/05/2015
Flash Fiction Contest Round 9

Check out this flash fiction contest from Writer Unboxed. If you win, it's something to add to your platform--and all of you do have platforms, don't you? Here you go (give it a shot; it's a great writing exercise if nothing else):
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/09/05/flash-fiction-contest-round-9/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WriterUnboxed+%28Writer+Unboxed%29

Thank you to everyone who participated in round 8 of the WU Flash Fiction Contest. I loved reading so many stories about Gideon, and I know Brin Jackson, the owner of the actual Gideon, did as well...

Here's a great blog from Writer UnBoxed:http://writerunboxed.com/2015/08/09/is-it-a-womans-world-one-mans-take-on-writin...
08/09/2015
Is It a Woman's World? One Man's Take on Writing Emotional Content in a Predominantly Female Genre

Here's a great blog from Writer UnBoxed:
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/08/09/is-it-a-womans-world-one-mans-take-on-writing-emotional-content-in-a-predominantly-female-genre/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WriterUnboxed+%28Writer+Unboxed%29

One of the first people to respond on the WU page when we asked for pitches a few months back was nonfiction writer and romance novelist Hugh O. Smith, who wrote, "I'd pitch a post on male...

If you like poetry, you'll love this event on October 11 -- or maybe you'll just want to show your support for other asp...
08/02/2015

If you like poetry, you'll love this event on October 11 -- or maybe you'll just want to show your support for other aspiring poets/writers. It's just a short hop down Route 66 to Manassas. Check out the flyer.

While this is an essay about a specific author, it also includes some gems about the writing process. It will resonate w...
07/17/2015
Manners, Morality, and Mid-Century Feminism

While this is an essay about a specific author, it also includes some gems about the writing process. It will resonate with anyone who has ever attempted that elusive, demanding, frustrating, terrifying, thrilling, and occasionally rewarding thing called writing:
http://lithub.com/manners-morality-and-mid-century-feminism/

The following appears as an introduction to Elizabeth Taylor's A View of the Harbour, out now from New York Review Books. I first encountered Elizabeth Taylor when I was in my teens and came...

Are you a subscriber to the Wall Street Journal? On July 10, subscribers will get to read an excerpt from Go Set a Watch...
07/07/2015

Are you a subscriber to the Wall Street Journal? On July 10, subscribers will get to read an excerpt from Go Set a Watchman, the Harper Lee novel that we've all heard about by now. The book will be released on July 14. Will you be reading it?

This is important to all of us:http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/66916-au...
05/31/2015
Authors Guild Announces 'Fair Contract' Initiative

This is important to all of us:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/66916-authors-guild-announces-fair-contract-initiative.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=978022b9e3-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-978022b9e3-304635065

At this year's BookExpo America, the Authors Guild is rolling out its Fair Contract Initiative, a series of commentaries it will publish in the coming months that take a fresh look at the standard book publishing contract.

This is a really great blog article from Writer Unboxed. If you've ever gotten stuck in your writing (who hasn't?), this...
05/19/2015
Bombing Through It

This is a really great blog article from Writer Unboxed. If you've ever gotten stuck in your writing (who hasn't?), this blog might give you a little boost. Take a look:

http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/19/bombing-through-it/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WriterUnboxed+%28Writer+Unboxed%29

Back in the nineties, before social networking or even blogs had been invented, I belonged to a chat list for published writers. You carried on a slow conversation with like-minded peop...

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