How To Get Work as a Writer

I have worked as a television screenwriter for most of my adult life, and currently I’m working as a video game writer. Some of WOS’s readers have asked me how to get work as a writer, and I was reluctant to write a post about that because it’s such an individual question. My story is specific …
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10 Writer Goals for 2015

Inspired by Brooke Warner’s post 52 Things for writers to do in 2015, I’m committing my own 2015 hit list to paper. Honestly, I felt like 52 weekly goals was a bit too much for a home-schooling, work-from-home, writer mom to tackle. I’ve created something challenging enough to make me push myself, but not so …
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5 Gifts Writers Should Give Away

This year my family will take part in our first potlatch inspired celebration. The organizers intend the ceremony to teach everyone about the joys of giving back to the community. They also want us to remember it’s important to keep gently used items out of the landfills. Our donation will be a number of books …
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Use KDP Changes to Help Promote your Children’s Book

If you haven’t already published a juvenile book with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) you don’t know they announced a big change on June 2.  In a letter to all their children’s book publishers they wrote: “You can now set age and grade categorization refinements to help readers discover your books.” Okay maybe this doesn’t …
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Guest Post: Academic Writing’s Plurality as a Driving Force by Natacha Guyot

Today we welcome guest blogger Natacha Guyot! Natacha Guyot is an independent scholar. She earned her master’s degree in media studies and digital culture & technology from Sorbonne Nouvelle University and King’s College London. She works on Science Fiction, transmedia, gender studies and fandom. Her published works includes Gender Dynamics in Star Wars: The Old …
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5 Tips For Keeping the Kids Reading All Summer

Yes, I admit it! I’m obsessed with education. If you follow my blog posts you already know this about me. I’m deeply alarmed by the current downward trajectory of childhood literacy in the United States. Statistics recently released from U.S. Department of Education are not encouraging. In the media rich world we live in, reading …
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Friday Inspiration: The Right to an Education

I’m stepping away from writing craft today in order to discuss the horrid situation in Nigeria. The morning I awoke to the Today Show reporting 234 girls had been abducted from a boarding school in Nigeria, I gasped. Not just at the occurrence of such a despicable act but over the fact that it had …
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