"Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea forever." -Will Self There are plenty of resources who will tell you to carry a notebook, but why should you do it? What will it help you... Continue Reading →
Editsaurus is a new writing tool that claims to highlight potential problems in your writing and encourage good writing habits. However, its usefulness is limited and ultimately, unless you are a very beginning writing, it probably will not be that helpful to you.
We've all be there. You want to write, but nothing is inspiring you. You're not feeling any particular emotion or have been through an exciting or interesting event recently. So what do you write about? The good news is that there is plenty to write about where you least expect it. Here are a few... Continue Reading →
The Hemingway Editor is a writing tool that can help you improve your prose. But it has some limitations.
To celebrate Valentine's Day this year, we asked our readers and fans to write a 600-word story to go along with this photo. Here are the entries we received: Love—Don't Leave Home Without It by Tammy Wartell Lynn felt like she was just background noise to the military. Everything else always came first: the mission,... Continue Reading →
Are you like most Americans with some last minute holiday shopping still to do? Why not get that avid reader loved one of yours one of these fine books. Here’s a list of just a few works penned by Hampton Roads Writers Association authors: Outpost Gypsy Tree: The North Portal (Volume 1) by Dr. Dottie... Continue Reading →
Ode to dilapidated digs! The Hampton Roads Writers Association recently challenged readers to write from this house's perspective. Here is a moving poem of persuasion highlighting why this would still make for a good home. Enjoy! This Old House My wood is rotting, and my metal is rusting. The carpet is stained, but the sun... Continue Reading →
Have you ever written a story using an inanimate object as the narrator? We challenged our readers to do just that. Below is one tale told from this house's point-of-view. Abandoned Dreams The fire is getting closer. Sirens howl in the distance, but I doubt they will make it here in time. The flames creep... Continue Reading →
A couple of weeks ago in Hampton Roads, we all thought we were going to get waterlogged by all of the rain we were getting. Instead of letting the gloomy skies get us down, we challenged our readers and writers go come of with a short story that ends with a kiss in the rain.... Continue Reading →