If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book next year, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com

Our March author interviews: Karen Pullen (3/1), Lowcountry Crime authors: Tina Whittle, Polly Iyer, Jonathan M. Bryant, and James M. Jackson (3/8), Annette Dashofy (3/15), Edith Maxwell (3/22) and Barb Ross (3/29).

Saturday Guest Bloggers in March: Maris Soule (3/4), and Virginia Mackey (3/11). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 3/18--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 3/25--Kait Carson.

Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows. Big news for a new year. Congratulations, Julie.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for pre-order.


Thursday, July 1, 2010

10 Reason Not to Write and 10 Reasons to Write

Reason Not to Write
1. The sun is shining and I need the extra vitamin D.

2. There’s 8 inches of snow in the driveway and, if I don’t clear it away, robbers will think the house is abandoned.

3. I just noticed a layer of dust around my computer and under the wires leading to and from it.

4. There’s a nest of birds outside the window and the baby birds are learning to fly.

5. I can hear the weeds growing in the vegetable patch.

6. My critique group doesn’t like my protagonist and I’ve dug deeper into her motives than a psychiatrist who gets paid up front for digging.

7. My mother wants me to socialize more and learn to play card games.

8. It’s my turn to borrow the latest thriller by X and I have to return it fast for the next person in line or I’ll lose my library privileges.

9. I’m too tired after work and my mind is on pause.

10. I’m too tired at the weekend because the kids aren’t in school and my mind is hiding.

Reasons to Write

1. Some of the coolest people I know are writers. They’re sociable, kind, and generous.

2. If the computer is on the blink, I can use pen and pad and see how the different medium affects the creation of the story.

3. I love seeing my words in print, and why shouldn’t that happen for me with a longer work?

4. I have so many characters with giant internal problems that can only be fixed through story challenges.

5. Right now, this character I know has to come to terms with her pathetic excuse for a mother or the character will never let herself fall in love or consider having kids.

6. There’s too much violence going on and it has to be controlled in a murder mystery.

7. Lawyers have told me not to expect justice. Someone has to explore the concept of justice and wonder why so many don’t get it.

8. Nothing (well, almost nothing) gives me more pleasure than when, twenty minutes after I start writing, I’m really in contact with my characters and what they’re doing.

9. If I start a story and it keeps building, I can’t leave everyone in limbo. Both life and fiction have an end. (Did anyone understand the meaning of the TV show LOST? They’re all dead and in some kind of purgatory—was that it? It should have been a short story).

10. Giving readers a story and characters they enjoy is a goal worth meeting.

11. We’re into the reruns season on TV.

So, I’ll continue writing aware there’ll be days when I’d rather sit on the porch and chat, preferably with someone else.


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