How To Grow A (Writing) Idea

An idea that didn't quite work--apparently, you can't grow a working writer, no matter how many Cathys-on-a-Stick you plant.

An idea that didn’t quite work. Apparently, you can’t grow a writer, no matter how many Cathys-on-a-Stick you plant.

So the other day, I read a post (“Growing as a Writer”) by writer friend, Tina Cho. She had some lovely suggestions (and a very lovely analogy about plants and writing) and I’m sure you’ll find something that can help your writing grow when you give it a read. As for me, I found a little something extra.

See, I’d read her thoughts and posted a comment, adding that I believed you also needed patience for good writing (and a beautiful garden). Then I took my shower and started thinking about my upcoming Muffin post.

The one that looked more or less like a blank page.

Um…yeah. But all that hot water pouring over my head and Tina’s post that was still bouncing around up there and my own comment mixed in with it…well, pretty soon, I had an idea. You can read for yourself if you zip over to the Muffin for The Writing Waiting Game.

A little water, a little fertilizer from a friend’s post, and whoosh! That’s how you grow a lovely idea.

(Thanks, Tina!)

Even If You’ve Heard It All Before (Reminders for Writers)

file0001008451882Today, I’m over at The Muffin, writing about the best way to stack the deck in your writing favor with “Give ‘Em What They Want.”

To be honest, I didn’t say anything earth-shatteringly new. But the Muffin blog and WOW-Women on Writing attract writers new to the business every day, so for them, the information could be earth-shatteringly new.

On the other hand, even old-timers like me can fall into that two-headed trap: complacency and arrogance. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we think, I know what to do. Or, yeah, yeah, yeah, we figure, those rules are for other just-starting-out writers. So every once in a while I need a reminder not to get too big for my writing britches.

Not saying that you do, too. I’m sure you’re the Mary Poppins of the writing world, practically perfect in every way. But just in case you aren’t…

(And P.S. you might want to read Renee’s comment on the post; it’s good stuff, too. Please come back tomorrow for Scott Keen’s post–the one I referenced at The Muffin. He’ll be giving us the 4-1-1 on WiDo Publishing and his new book!)

Make ‘Em Laugh (Or Just Make Me Laugh)

2009-07-12 11.53.16If you hang out here often, then you know I write funny. Though honestly, I didn’t start out to write funny. I just can’t quite write a hundred percent serious.

Lord knows, I’ve tried. I thought I could be Ms. Literary Writer of the South (or at least the Southeast). But one day I woke up and smelled the Cathy C. Hall coffee–and it tasted funny. So humor sort of stuck to me and now I couldn’t not write funny. (And yes, I know that’s a double negative. I’m making a point here, people.)

Anyway, all this to say that sometimes, I miss the comedy mark. Yes, friends, I do. But I have a couple tricks up my sleeve that get me back on the humor writing track. I wrote about them today over at The Muffin in “What’s So Funny? (Serious Tips for the Humor Writer)”.

Yep, I might write funny, but I’m a hundred percent serious about this career of mine. So if you have a tip about writing humor, I’d love to hear it. ‘Cause honestly, I’ve got a ton of edits to get to today and I could use a joke or two.

Never Too Busy For Writing Gems!

dogwood tree 001Oh, I hope you all had a lovely Easter! It was a bit busy around here so I forgot to mention my Saturday post over at the Muffin, “Closet-Cleaning and First Drafts.” I think you’ll find a writing tip or two.

And speaking of writing tips, I came across Tuscany Press and their writer resources called “Required Reading (if you want to be published and successful)“. Lots of great gems in that list of required reading, but if you only have time to read one, don’t miss The Story Question. Whether you’re working on a novel or just a short piece of writing, you need to know the question you’re answering, the question that will keep readers reading.

Like, in this blog post, the story question is: “Is this writing advice Cathy’s going on and on about worth my time?”

And as I know you’re busy, I’ll leave you to it!

Fiverr to the Rescue!

file00047523583I came across Fiverr quite a while back–and I’d planned to avail myself of its services.

I mean, I signed up for it, spent hours noodling around over there, considering various and sundry services. But then I got busy with a couple projects and it fell off my radar.

Until this weekend when I realized I had a post scheduled for the Muffin. A post I hadn’t exactly got ’round to writing. So it was Fiverr to the rescue!

And now that I think about it, maybe The Five Buck Deal at Fiverr will come to your rescue in some way, shape, or writing form. Of course, it would help if you had some idea what I was talking about…

So, yeah. Maybe zip over to the Muffin and give it a read? And then let me know if you’ve had any experience with Fiverr. I’d love to hear about it!