Category Archives: Guest Spot

Guest Post: Addressing Gender Stereotypes in Fiction

February’s guest post is courtesy of Leah Merrill www.leahmerrillwrites.wordpress.com ***** WOMEN ARE FROM GILEAD, MEN ARE FROM WESTEROS: ADDRESSING GENDER STEREOTYPES IN FICTION I say florist, you say…? I say firefighter, you say…? Chances are, you said “heroine” to the first and “hero” to the second. This is called a subconscious gender bias. Nurturing, “decorative” jobs are assigned to the female… Read more »

Seventeen Steps to a Clean Copy

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“The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon,” Robert Cormier, author of The Chocolate War. The editing process can be intimidating. Like any art form, it’s also a craft that can be learned and improved with practice. My experience as managing editor of a medical journal… Read more »

Someday This Will Be Useful to You (As a Writer)

We’ve all heard it: Write what you know. Famous authors have made their careers writing novels and ongoing series about the worlds they work in, especially in the crime and thriller department. But you don’t have to be Kathy Reichs or Robert Ludlum to use your own life experience to enhance your writing. Scenery and Set Dressing. Searching for the… Read more »

Something New Under the Sun: Fresh Takes on Old Tales

It may be true that there are no truly original story ideas, but there are always new ways of looking at old subjects. From Romeo and Juliet in space to Snow White in Silicon Valley, retellings of classic legends and literature are a fascinating way to jump-start your imagination, continue storytelling traditions, and connect old tales with new audiences. The… Read more »

Web-Building: Creating an Engaging Online Presence

Maybe you’ve grown up in the internet age, with a tablet in every room of your house. Or maybe you suspect the “World Wide Web” your nephew keeps telling you about belongs to the same realms of fantasy as Spiderman. Either way, there’s no denying an online presence helps authors reach fans, connect with agents and editors, and ultimately, sell… Read more »

Becoming Your Own Cheerleader: Self-Promotion and Self-Motivation

It would be so easy to never talk about our work. The image of the writer as a hermit is pervasive, but the truth is, our livelihood depends on selling our work to other people, and occasionally selling the idea of work to ourselves. Bring It On. Networking—it’s not just for business majors anymore. Now there’s two fronts to tackle:… Read more »

Your Editor is Not the Enemy: Tips on Surviving Rewrites

Congratulations! You’ve spent months, maybe years, crafting a thing of beauty and resonance out of your own imagination, and now a publisher has finally agreed to print it. The hard part is out of the way. Now comes the even harder part—editing. A Specialized Team. A small horde of people is going to descend on your manuscript like a beauty… Read more »

Writing Under the Rainbow: The Expanding Horizons of LGBTQIA+ Fiction

The last five years have seen an expansion in LGBT+ awareness, advances (and setbacks), and media representation. There’s been a similar boom in the LGBT+ book world, from genre fiction to indie and self-publishing. Even the mainstream publishing world has sat up and taken notice, releasing many new LGBT-focused titles each year. As a published author of LGBT+ fiction and… Read more »

Our friend Jeanette Powers has a new book!

Earthworms & Stars by Jeanette Powers Poetry Book Release Party Wed, Jan 21 8-9 pm $10 gets event plus book Uptown Arts Bar 3611 Broadway KCMO 64111 So many exciting things are happening in KC’s poetry scene, and Jeanette Powers is one of the main instigators. As producer of Poetic Underground, she oversees weekly open mics, and the nationally certified poetry… Read more »

ArtsKC Serving Up Great Tools to Help you Develop as an Artist and Writer

Come curious…leave inspired! The Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City invites you to join us for a one-hour tour and be inspired by the stories of how we are connecting, supporting, and transforming the arts in our community! Visit the Charlotte Street artists’ studios and Mattie Rhodes Folk Art Museum, all while learning more about our work.  These free sessions… Read more »