It’s contest time everyone!
Lopt & Cropt Editing has generously donated two prizes for this contest. One is win-able by A Writer’s Path Writers Club members and the other by anyone.
Lopt & Cropt Editing is Sarah Pesce, a freelance editor who works with authors ready to reach their publishing happily ever-afters. She loves helping writers – and their stories – achieve their full potential. Visit for more info on her services.
Here are the prizes:
Continue reading Contest Time! Win a Free Editing Service
by Shelley Widhalm
I don’t know why, but I’m absolutely fascinated with the ducks at the lagoon in downtown Loveland, Colorado.
This fascination reminds me of my fascination with writing. I have to visit the ducks—twice a day if I can, once on my way to the gym nearby and a second time when I’m taking my dog on a walk—just as I have to journal, write poems and stories, and do the more serious writing of blogs and articles.
I like watching the ducks speed race across the water to grab bugs out of the air, just as writing takes grabbing the moment and getting yourself going in that creation. Writing begins with inspiration (or with discipline and routine), giving you the needed motivation to start the process.
Continue reading Finding Writing Fascination (and Inspiration!)
Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of AWP’s most popular posts. Enjoy!
by Kelly D. Smith
1. Get out there! Meet people, and don’t be scared to say you are a writer.
2. Blog- now, is blogging really worth it? I’m not sure, I’m actually going to be talking about that soon but I enjoy it!
3. Guest blog, because really if you’re going to do it why not start with someone else’s hard work?!
4. Make sure you have your books on your blog, website, Facebook, and anywhere else!
Continue reading Throwback Thursday: 20 Ways to Get Yourself Out There as a Writer
by Hannah Eason
Say your novel-to-be is about rock and roll—that much is clear—and you’re ready to outline. Or rather, ready or not, you need to outline.
You sit down to your spreadsheet, blank Word doc, legal pad, or multicolored sticky notes, your head abuzz with story impressions: the thudding loudness and in-your-faceness of rock’s heyday; the rock modernists; some patchy character profiles; a main plot, three subplots, and fifteen mini plots; this idea you have to score some original rock tuneage and include it in the book—your music actually telling part of the story (not sure how—will figure out as you outline); this other idea you have to represent the dissent that frequently breaks up bands by telling your story not just in alternating narrative voices but alternating POVs; and . . . and . . . and . . .
Continue reading Almost Outlined: Working Past Mental Bottlenecking to Create a Killer Book Outline
by Monique Hall
If you’re a writer and you’re anything like me, the title of this post would have served as click-bait. However, I’ll admit straight off the bat, the title is not my own. It’s a title that caught my attention and introduced me to Sarah Werner’s Write Now podcast. If you don’t know it, get on it! It’s a weekly podcast for any writer looking for the courage and inspiration to write every day.
In this episode in particular, Sarah tells of how many writers express to her their desire to quit their day job so they can write every day. I know I’m guilty! She goes on to talk about expectations versus reality and dreams versus fantasy. There’s no need for me to explain her ideas here as I’m sure you’ll have a listen for yourself.
Continue reading How to Survive Your Day Job