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Boomer Lit, a New Genre, is Stalking the Net! -A guest post by @claudenougat

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, In : Guest Posts 


A guest post by Claude Nougat

Never heard of Boomer lit? It all began at the end of last year. On 5 December 2012, Boomer Café published an article predicting that Boomer Lit would be The Next Big Genre aimed at boomers – all 77.5 million of them in the US alone, many more if you counted in the rest of the world. The article was picked up by major, highly trafficked websites like The Passive Voice and Gawker Media, and within a week, it went viral. Sure, some people were unhappy at the...

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The Despicably Despicable Despicableness of Adverbs

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Sunday, February 24, 2013,
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All along, we thought the road to Hell was paved with good intentions. Fortunately, Stephen King cleared up that misconception. Apparently, it’s actually paved with adverbs. Actually is an adverb. I may be doomed; I like the word ‘actually’. But that’s off-point.

Adverbs are a no-no in writing. It’s an argument that has been pounded home. Repeatedly. Like spices, adverbs must be used sparingly. Now, there is a bit of irony, for ‘sparingly’ is itself an adverb.

But, do we use adver...

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Time Management Tips for Online Writing Instructors

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Thursday, February 21, 2013, In : Guest Posts 

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-A guest post by Ken Myers

Teaching an online writing course has its benefits but the one thing that instructors often run into is their ability to make time to really sit down and work on the course. Other courses and life seem to get in the way, so here are some tips to help you make the time:

Prepare: Before you sit down to log onto your online course make sure that you are prepared mentally and that you have all the right tools to complete your tasks as the instructor. Chances are...

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YA Beta Readers, a Guest Post by Rebecca Scarberry @Scarberryfields

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Friday, February 15, 2013, In : Guest Posts 

A while back, I saw an author of adult fiction tweeting about how hard it was for her to go from writing for adults to young adults. I thought back to when I had written Messages from Henry, a novella for young adults.  That story began as a 1500 word short story for a short story contest. I didn’t win, but I decided to expand the story anyway.  It’s a story about a homing pigeon, Henry. He has special abilities.

At that time, I didn’t have internet service in my home. I would take ...

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WISH UPON A STONE…THE BEGINNING, a Guest Post by C D SIMMONS @whoscindylou

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Friday, February 15, 2013, In : Guest Posts 

What was it that turned me and made me decide to give writing a try? Let me see if I can get this story started.

In the beginning…no...wait, that has already been done, start over.

Once upon a time…no, no, that is just crazy, what are you trying to do?

There once was a …*sigh* this is not working. Just try again.

*tapping chin with fingertip* Oh, okay, I think I have it.

Hey, welcome, come meet the voices in my head.  Yep that about sums it up.

I have always been hooked on...

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New Release & Cover Reveal: SUE, a sequel to ZEKE by @WodkeHawkinson

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Wednesday, February 13, 2013,

We hadn’t originally planned to do a sequel to our novel, Zeke. However, the response we received from a number of readers indicated that a sequel was in order. And we, too, wondered how Sue would recover from the damage Zeke inflicted upon her, both physically and emotionally. So, we set to work writing the aftermath of her ordeal with Zeke. It was a good experience for us. When writing Zeke, we disliked his character so much, we often procrastinated working on the book. We did not have ...

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Interview With Author, Rebecca Scarberry (@Scarberryfields )

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Thursday, February 7, 2013, In : Author Interviews 

1: Why did you join the social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook?

Rebecca: I obtained my very first computer two and a half years ago because I had handwritten a novel. I knew I needed help with it, but didn’t know where to turn. I knew how to work a computer a little bit at the time, but it’s been a struggle. I pestered many authors on Twitter and Facebook for help. I feel bad about this, but I love to read and figured if I read enough of their books, wrote reviews, and tweeted a...

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Why I Write, a Guest Post by Tony Nesca

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Friday, February 1, 2013, In : Guest Posts 

So…the other day I went for a walk, late afternoon, early grey settling in, everything looking grim and happy at the same time, wondering why I write, why would I, or anyone else, put words down on paper, for what bizarre, perverted, self-possessed reason would anyone give a damn what I have to say?

   Sun was low and dirty and I couldn’t help but notice the fall colors dancing around like it was all there in perfect symmetry, all reason and rhyme and beauty and magic, the orange ...

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Dark Longings
A mystery/suspense
by Wodke Hawkinson

Sue, a sequel to Zeke
by Wodke Hawkinson

Zeke, a thriller by
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Betrayed, a suspense novel by
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Tangerine by
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Catch Her in the Rye,
Selected Short Stories, Vol. One
by Wodke Hawkinson

Blue, Selected Short Stories, Vol. Two
by Wodke Hawkinson

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