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Mythic Systems
04/14/2020

Mythic Systems

The Hero’s Journey during lockdown

How to Write a Logline that Producers Love | Log line Examples
03/04/2020
How to Write a Logline that Producers Love | Log line Examples

How to Write a Logline that Producers Love | Log line Examples

At any stage of a video production, a movie logline is a tool used to sell your screenplay. Learn from famous logline examples how to write a logline that makes producers wanna read your script. Even more, we compiled a formula that will make writing a logline a breeze.

One of our authors, Jeffrey C. Jacobs has written a piece on writing chapter summaries. You can read the original articl...
02/24/2020
Dropped in the Middle

One of our authors, Jeffrey C. Jacobs has written a piece on writing chapter summaries. You can read the original article here. Sometimes what you need from a critique is just a middle chapter. We can help you, but we do need some context. For instance, why is Character A trying to talk to Character B. It helps us understand their interaction better when A and B are chatting because of something that happened in a previous chapter. [ 235 more words ]
https://blog.restonwriters.org/?p=119

One of our authors, Jeffrey C. Jacobs has written a piece on writing chapter summaries. You can read the original article here. Sometimes what you need from a critique is just a middle chapter. We …

Folks, if you're trying to spam this site with comments, please be aware, we use Akismet and will delete your comment be...
02/24/2020
Spam Be Gone

Folks, if you're trying to spam this site with comments, please be aware, we use Akismet and will delete your comment before it is ever posted. What's more, we delete it so that even the moderators don't see it. You're advertising to a black hole. You're wasting your time. Don't do it. Stop. You have been warned.
https://blog.restonwriters.org/?p=117

Folks, if you’re trying to spam this site with comments, please be aware, we use Akismet and will delete your comment before it is ever posted. What’s more, we delete it so that even th…

Tales of a Kitchen Witch
01/14/2020

Tales of a Kitchen Witch

Fairies, Myths, and Magic
12/31/2019

Fairies, Myths, and Magic

Unfortunately, WordPress doesn't work with Apache2 to display images from the Uploads folder and even though the permiss...
12/18/2019
An image of Reston Town Center

Unfortunately, WordPress doesn't work with Apache2 to display images from the Uploads folder and even though the permissions and user/group settings are correct, there doesn't seem any way to get Wordpress to actually look in that folder for images!
http://blog.restonwriters.org/?p=90

Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t work with Apache2 to display images from the Uploads folder and even though the permissions and user/group settings are correct, there doesn’t seem any …

I’m reading a lot about small presses today, so I thought I might pass the info along. Some things to be weary about.
12/06/2019
SMALL PRESSES - SFWA

I’m reading a lot about small presses today, so I thought I might pass the info along. Some things to be weary about.

Issues to Consider Before Submitting Evaluating a Small Press Hybrid Publishers Vanity Publishers in Small Press Clothing Misleading Terminology: Some Common Confusing or Deceptive Claims Links Digital technology has transformed the world of small press publishing. Whether they’re ebook only or a ...

A literary agent answered some questions on twitter. Might be of some interest to you.
12/02/2019
Lauren Spieller 📖 on Twitter

A literary agent answered some questions on twitter. Might be of some interest to you.

“Late night #askagent? 👀”

It’s on Dec 5th. Get ready.
12/02/2019
#PitMad

It’s on Dec 5th. Get ready.

About #PitMad #PitMad is a pitch party on Twitter where writers tweet a 280-character pitch for their completed, polished, unpublished manuscripts. Agents and editors make requests by liking/favori…

Our very own Jon Payne got his story The Golden Hour published in Turnpike Magazine. Page 32-36. Congrats!
11/24/2019
Issue No. 8: NOV. 2019

Our very own Jon Payne got his story The Golden Hour published in Turnpike Magazine. Page 32-36. Congrats!

We are happy to release Issue No. 8 of Turnpike Magazine. Turnpike Issue No. 8 [Nov 24]Download We are so thankful for people like you that believe in our small publication. We continue to work har…

Can't vouch for these, but might be worth looking into.
11/20/2019
30 Best Small and Indie Literary Publishers - Bookfox

Can't vouch for these, but might be worth looking into.

You think you want a Big Five publisher, but are you sure? Many established writers prefer to go with small and indie publishers, because they’re looking for a long-lasting partnership and more individual attention. Many of the small publishers below focus on literary fiction, but there are some f...

I’d watch that!
11/02/2019

I’d watch that!

It's Word Wednesday!

World Circus
10/24/2019

World Circus

Every literary movement in the history of literature summed up in a single sentence . 😜

Writing About Writing
09/28/2019

Writing About Writing

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Person: wow, you're a writer? It must be tough to come up with stories
Writer: it's not really. The story grows and demands to be poured out. Like a hive of bees living in your throat until you scream
Person: *backs away*
Writer: how come I'm not invited to more parties

Writing About Writing
09/27/2019

Writing About Writing

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mark, my words. **mark brings me my dictionary** thank you mark

Writing About Writing
09/13/2019

Writing About Writing

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British novel: let's go to a party and find a wife.

German novel: let's go to the wilderness and find ourselves.

Russian novel: let's go to the depths of despair and then find out there is an even deeper level of despair we didn't know about and go there.

The Writer’s Passage is dedicated to building a community of writers in Northern Virginia through writing workshops, soc...
09/09/2019
The Writer's Passage

The Writer’s Passage is dedicated to building a community of writers in Northern Virginia through writing workshops, social events, and writing retreats.

Short story contest. Can't vouch for it. Just passing the info along.
08/29/2019
Dream Foundry 2019 Contest

Short story contest. Can't vouch for it. Just passing the info along.

CONTESTS Short Story ContestArt Contest SHORT STORY CONTEST RULES Only speculative fiction stories will be considered (which includes fantasy, science fiction, horror, alt history, slipstream, magi…

What it's like being creative.
08/19/2019

What it's like being creative.

Query 101 (or many more)
08/14/2019
Query 101 (or many more)

Query 101 (or many more)

In publishing, August is vacation month. Not that agents and editors are literally out-of-office all month (who can afford the Hamptons anymore?), but the pace slows. Agents catch up on reading req…

Relates to being a writer. How to enhance your creativity.
08/08/2019

Relates to being a writer. How to enhance your creativity.

08/07/2019
25 Mistakes that Peg You as an Amateur Writer

Similar to another recent post, but still helpful.

Sometimes it's the little things that can make writing seem unprofessional. In this video I wanted to run through some relatively small writing mistakes that...

Rejection is a BIG part of being a writer. But it's easier to handle if you don't think of it as a binary of pass/fail.
08/07/2019
Color Coding Rejection

Rejection is a BIG part of being a writer. But it's easier to handle if you don't think of it as a binary of pass/fail.

According to Huffington Post 96% of authors seeking agents are rejected. Meaning the chances of getting an agent to represent you for publishing are only 4%. And that was the data from 7 years ago.…

08/07/2019
HARSH WRITING ADVICE! (mostly for newer writers)

HARSH WRITING ADVICE! (mostly for newer writers)

DISCLAIMER: this is just a bit of fun! While the core advice is 100% true, I'm dressing it up with a bit of exaggerated affect. I'm nice and I believe in you...

The Writer's Circle
08/07/2019

The Writer's Circle

"It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does."
- William Faulkner

More writing inspiration here -> www.WritersCircle.com

What it’s like to be a writer.
08/05/2019

What it’s like to be a writer.

~Bex

08/05/2019
A new online magazine taking submissions. (Can't vouch for them, just thought they might be something worth looking into...
08/02/2019
Short Stories Archives - Resolute Gentleman

A new online magazine taking submissions. (Can't vouch for them, just thought they might be something worth looking into).

FEATURED Latest Short Stories “Samaras” by J. K. Bywaters resolutegent July 31, 2019I’m the youngest of the cousins. There are five of us. I have two sisters, twins, who are twelve years older than me, and we…Share this:PrintTweetLike this:Like Loading... View More “Samaras” by J. K. Byw...

Jennifer Loizeaux
07/29/2019

Jennifer Loizeaux

Who here can relate?

Historical Slang Terms For Having Sex, From 1351 Through Today
07/27/2019
Historical Slang Terms For Having Sex, From 1351 Through Today

Historical Slang Terms For Having Sex, From 1351 Through Today

In earlier times, when English-speaking people wanted to get down and dirty, they might say they were playing at couch quail, engage in pup-noddy, make butter with one's tale, or ride a dragon upon Saint George. Want to brush up on your historical sexy slang? These charts can help.

It's not bad writing, but
07/24/2019
It's not bad writing, but

It's not bad writing, but

As I work through quite a few queries and pages from ThrillerFest, one thing I've noticed is a tendency for writers to stop the narrative an...

Dim n Wit, the Fairy Brothers.
07/19/2019

Dim n Wit, the Fairy Brothers.

Great Reddit post by a literary agent! This isn't meant to discourage those of you attempting to publish. But to give so...
07/18/2019
Publishing Is Like Climbing Mount Everest

Great Reddit post by a literary agent! This isn't meant to discourage those of you attempting to publish. But to give some honest, needed advice on the process. "My point is you should choose carefully the battles you're going to fight. Because each "thing" you do that goes against the grain makes your journey uphill that much harder. And it's already incredibly hard, unfathomably challenging, even when you do every single thing RIGHT."

Hey All, Just here to repeat a comment I made in another post and expand on it because I've had 3 conversations on the subject in the last few...

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A character sheet someone on reddit suggested. Looks pretty good once you get past the vast wall of all caps rambling.
What does it mean when I (as an admin) move something into "done"?
20 minutes long, but absolutely beautiful.
See what the people want.
With writing I don't feel burned out during the creative parts, but I do during the revision part. I hate revisions.