The Starving Writer

The Starving Writer We here at the Starving Writer are writers too and we are here to help writers realize their dreams. Hello from the crew at The Starving Writer.

Our webmaster, site designer, proof reader, editor, publisher, graphic artist, site reviewer, marketing specialist, chief cook, bottle washer and cleaning crew welcome you to our site. That’s me (Laura AKA The Starving Writer) in a nut shell. My writing adventure started when I sat down and I really thought about my writing and career path. I decided I wanted to be a professional writer. I would q

uit my day job and everything would be rosie. After that high wore off, I started thinking, how in the world am I going to do that? Which I’m not going to lie, stumped me. I started my quest for information. I combed the internet, library, and book stores. I joined two writing associations, one national, one local. Then I thought, I’m doing all of this writing, but I don’t have anyone else to read my work for feedback. (We’ll I had my husband but he could only read so much) I knew there had to be other people out there in the same boat as me. I searched and found a critique group. I was getting my work read and edited, but how was I going to get it published? With my writing community and a plan I set out to get published. Early one Saturday morning, at my day job, I thought, I should share all of this information I’ve been collecting with other writers in the same literary boat. The light bulb went off and I began jotting down ideas like crazy. And that is how The Starving Writer was born. I left my day job in October 2012 to write full time and be at home with my boys. I have over 60 titles published plus articles in magazines and on-line on various topics. Writing is awesome. It’s a wild and crazy ride, but it’s only the top of the Popsicle of the writing journey. I’m betting you’ll enjoy the journey as much as I am. No one likes to travel alone, so join me and we’ll have a blast on the way. Laura K Marshall
Founder, Editor, and Fellow Starving Writer
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Operating as usual


Hello Monday! NaNo word count for this weekend was 5179. How did your weekend go?
So far today I've written 1557. I'm going for a few hundred more before the boys get home from school.


For those of you participating in NaNo, how is your writing coming? Yesterday I was able to write 2,079 words. I've been writing today but haven't looked at my word count yet.


Remember to turn your clocks back one hour Saturday night. You know what that means? One extra hour of writing time.


Happy first day of NaNoWriMo!Has anyone started writing yet? This year I didn't start writing at midnight. I decided since the boys were home from school today that I would start this morning at ten. My goal however for word count in at least 2,000. I like getting ahead the first few days so if something comes up, and it always does, I have some breathing room.
Good luck to everyone today and into the weekend.


Writing Prompt - Come on, what can happen in a corn maze?


We are just days away from the start of NaNoWriMo. Do you know what your writing yet? I've done some research on locations so my characters are hitting places in the correct order on their adventure.


Where did October go? I just realized we are eight days from the start of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Who's participating this year?
There is still time to sign up if you want to join in on the madness.
For those of you that may not know, the goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. That's 1,667 words a day.
I've already signed up, who's with me? :)


Word for the day. Kairos (Greek) the perfect, delicate, crucial moment; the fleeting rightness of time and place that create the opportune atmosphere for action, words, or movement.


What have you been writing?


Writing Prompt - Have you been watching the news?

Our new book Totally Random and Awesome Writing Exercises is now available. Come on over to Amazon to check it outhttp:/...
Totally Random and Awesome Writing Exercises

Our new book Totally Random and Awesome Writing Exercises is now available. Come on over to Amazon to check it out
Thank you to Stasey Norstrom for giving me the idea for the book title :)

Not only will you find over forty totally random and awesome writing exercises to invigorate your mind and writing. You’ll discover forty-four random first lines, scenarios and dialog prompts to help get your writing going, because sometimes you just need a little help. But wait there&...


I came across the word "woolgathering" today in the dictionary. At first glance I thought 'oh that means to gather wool', but it doesn't. Woolgathering means indulgence in idle daydreaming.
You learn something everyday :)


Writing Exercise - Describe the smell of a coffee shop from the p.o.v of someone who loves coffee. Then write it again from the p.o.v of someone who doesn't.


Writing Prompt - Why do people hate Mondays?


netiquette - etiquette governing communication on the Internet.
Good to know :)


Writing Prompt - I can't find my keys.

Busting Writing Myths is now available. Come check it out at
Busting Writing Myths

Busting Writing Myths is now available. Come check it out at

There are many myths about writing and if you fall into the trap of believing them you’ll seriously hamper your creativity and ability to write. We’ll cover the most common myths and how you can keep them under control. In not believing in the myths you will be in control of your wr...


Writing Exercise - write a wacky dream sequence for your main character.


Good Morning!
In the next few weeks we will be releasing two new books, Busting Writing Myths and a yet untitled exercise book. I am very excited about this and will post more information once I have it.


Happy Labor Day! I hope everyone is enjoying the day :)


Journaling Exercise - The last weekend of summer is upon us. Write about an event that stands out from this summer.


Writing Exercise - Write a description of how a washing machine sounds going through its cycles.


Looking for a different career for a character? You may want to consider vexillology. Vexillology is the study of flags.


Back to school is right around the corner and for some it started this week. What does that mean for us as writers? That means it's a good time to look at our writing expenses and see if we can reduce them.
With all the school supplies on sale now this would be a great time to stock up on items you need. i know several stores are charging pennies for office supplies that usually cost several dollars.
So take a good look at your writing expenses and see if you can cut any or find some amazing deals :)


Writing Prompt - Create a back story for your cashier at the grocery store.


What physical activity do you do to stimulate your creativity?
I go to yoga once a week to help clear all the junk from my week and re-energize my creativity. It helps me re-focus on what's important to me.
Have a great Sunday :)


Writing Prompt - Mom, the snakes got out.


What are you working on today?


Writing Prompt - The seal team emerged onto the moon lite beach. Their objective lay just beyond the dunes.


Quote - Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better. - Dr. Steve Maraboli


If you have sent me an e-mail in the last few weeks and haven't gotten a response I'm not ignoring you. For some reason I'm getting e-mails two or three times so I'm going through them one at a time to insure everyone gets a response.


I sat down this morning and created a list of things I need to get done this week, writing and non-writing. I've found that having a list to carry around with me helps me to stay focused on what needs to get done vs the stuff I'd rather do.
What do you do to help yourself stay on track?


I hope everyone had a great weekend! How did you do on your writing goals? I finished my final edits and got a good chunk of the YA draft completed. So feeling good about my productivity.


What are your writing plans for this weekend?
I need to finish the final edits of a short story, and finish writing the second draft of book seven for my YA series.


Today is clean out my office day.
When was the last time you cleaned up your writing space?


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