It’s That Time Again!

We’re gearing up for our third annual NOVELWritingSite Contest for young writers! I hope you’ve been writing regularly, putting these lessons and exercises to work as you hone your storytelling skills. Are you ready to get some encouraging feedback? In May we will begin accepting entries–the first five pages of any story you feel is [...]

Writing Lesson 3.20 – Should You Enter Writing Contests?

As you pop around the web or read writing magazines, you’ll pretty quickly discover writing contests. In fact, we even host one on this site each spring. You may mull these contests over and wonder if they’re worth your while. Winning would be fantastic! But what do you have to gain for all your effort [...]

Writing Lesson 3.19 – Say What…?

I just read this headline: Icebreaker Makes Push to Reach Iced-In Alaska City and my caring nature*, couple with my earnest desire to be reassured of the imminent safety of my stranded fellow countrymen, forced me to click and read the article immediately. *ahem, yes, sarcasm…but really, I DID click. Within three paragraphs I learned [...]

Writing Lesson 3.18 – Conventions of Genre

NOTE: Please welcome Shannon McNear back to the NOVELWritingSite, but this time she is not a guest. Shannon is the newest member of our pool of contributors, and we’re so glad to have her with us! In my last blog post, I discussed genres and mentioned that what genre you write affects how you write. [...]