Monday, September 16, 2013

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Ten Things That Will Get Your Book Banned    By OFW editor: Renée Miller    Publish Date: September 16, 2013

You might also call this Ten Things You’ll Find in Any Book Worth Reading, but hey, I’m immoral and whatnot, so perhaps I’m biased....more

Ten Distractions a Serious Writer Must Get Rid Of    By OFW editor: Renée Miller    Publish Date: September 15, 2013

Writing is an endeavor that requires absolute concentration. Serious writers know this. One tiny distraction could mean the difference between brilliance and utter trash. The very thought of the time wasted by the many distractions of the common man (or woman) makes me tremble, I swear, because I am a serious writer. To better my craft I’ve had to rid myself of the most heinous distractions of all, and I urge you to do the same....more

Life 2.0: Ten Ways Writers Can Create a Better Future    By OFW editor: Renée Miller    Publish Date: September 14, 2013

I like that writers using a futuristic setting shake things up a bit. But has anyone else noticed that no one does the obvious with humanity? What about a 2.0 version of life on Earth, with improved bodies and whatnot? I think there are several facts of life that need to change in order to create a perfect utopia. I don’t care about government or society, let’s change humans first. Here are just a few of my ideas:...more

Ten Surprising Sources of Inspiration    By OFW editor: Renée Miller    Publish Date: September 13, 2013

Sometimes writers bitch about this thing called “writer’s block.” I thought that today, rather than make them feel like hosers by telling them it’s a crock of shit thought up by someone who didn’t feel like writing anymore; I’d give you all some ways to beat your imagined blockage. Much like laxative does to your bowels, there are a few places that can get those juices flowing…the creative ones—in your mind. Okay then, here we go: ...more

Ten Great Lines from Literature    By OFW editor: Katrina Monroe    Publish Date: September 12, 2013

If you’re like me, you have a journal. And in that journal is a collection of lines, dialogue, or whole paragraphs you’ve read that have struck you as truly great feats of word manipulation. Collections abound with great first lines and great last lines because it is these lines that can make or break a novel. But what about that vast middle? The chasm of darkness that writers lose themselves in? Some of the greatest lines are borne in that hell. Here are a few of my favorites. ...more

Ten Reasons to Leave a Relationship (and their counter arguments).    By OFW editor: Katrina Monroe    Publish Date: September 11, 2013

The only thing I love more than whiskey is writing. Coming in at a close third, though, is playing devil’s advocate. It’s true. Stirring-Up-Trouble is my middle name (that “Lee” on my birth certificate is just a pesky placeholder). Psychology Today released an article with the above title, minus my parenthetical additive. Below are my counters for their reasons. Use them in your next word duel, be it real life or character dialogue. ...more

Ten Good Reasons to Give up Writing    By OFW editor: Renée Miller    Publish Date: September 10, 2013

Someone asked me what it would take to make me quit writing. I was all, “Uh…” because I really couldn’t think of a single thing that would make me stop writing forever. I mean, sure, there are some things that are more important and if I had to stop temporarily because of these things, I would, but forever? That’s a long time. So I thought about it for a while, and I think I’ve come up with the only ten reasons I can think of that would make giving up writing perfectly logical. ...more

Ten Things You Don't Have to Do Before You Die    By OFW editor: Renée Miller    Publish Date: September 09, 2013

Everyone has a bucket list in their head. Maybe you’ve only got like one or two things you want to accomplish before you leave this planet (if you leave, that is) or maybe yours is longer than Santa’s naughty list. We’ve been talking about bucket lists around here lately because, well, life just throws curve balls now and then that cause you to think deep, morbid thoughts like that. There are a lot of things that end up on bucket lists just because they’re the “cool” thing to do before you die. But people just don’t think this shit through. I mean, it’s your bucket list. It’s entirely possible that if you don’t do all of these things and get taken out by a bus tomorrow, your spirit will be earthbound forever because you left shit undone. Some things should be crossed off. Here’s a few you’ll never see on my bucket list. What about yours?...more

Ten Tips for Becoming a Better Writer    By OFW editor: Renée Miller    Publish Date: September 08, 2013

You’re always trying to improve. You want to write good shit so that readers will be all, “Hey, that girl writes good shit.” I want that too, so I really listen to the buckets full of advice tossed out at me each day. Sometimes I pocket the tips away for later, other times I let them breeze by on their way to someone who buys that kind of garbage. Here are a few I’ve kept because they really have improved my writing. ...more

Ten Gifts You Should Never Give a Writer    By OFW editor: Katrina Monroe    Publish Date: September 07, 2013

Unsure of what to give to your writer friend/wife/husband/neighbor? If you value your life, these won't end up on the list of possible gift ideas....more

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