Open Workshop – Writing Short


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The Battle of the Bulge – Writing Short

There’s more to writing short than less story. Join the Diamond Sate Romance Authors for a glimpse into the beauty of brevity. Learn tight writing, secondary plots, characterization and backstory. We’ll discuss tips and techniques that help craft better stories of any length with fewer words.

This free public workshop will provide you with the tools you need to improve your pacing, tighten your plot, and make every sentence count.

Where:  Thompson Library – 38 Rahling Circle, Little Rock, Arkansas 72223

When:  November 15, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Refreshments provided. Join us and bring a friend.

Everybody Up

Seriously, get your butt out of the chair. Oh, what was that? You’re a writer? Don’t care. At attention. Hop to.

Brilliant author, Nora Roberts has been interviewed many times about the path leading her to such momentous success. Her famous, highly quoted, response is, “Ass in the chair.” Meaning nothing but hard work will garner favorable outcomes.

This lowly author disagrees with Nora. Not her intent, but the letter of her law.

Sitting doubles your risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease – get this – no matter your fitness level.

What?! Yep, that’s what I said.

I mean, I eat whole foods, drink water like a desert captive given a moments reprieve and I work out like I’m training for battle. While that’s all well and good, if I sit on my duff all day typing, even my risks skyrocket.

Here is my amended suggestion for all you writers out there: Fingers to the keyboard. Feet on the floor.

I’ve written on an elevated desk for a month now and my word count and energy level have doubled, as opposed to my risk for the list of nasty diseases. I am by no means the first to do this. Check out Ernest Hemingway.

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So, get off your butt and get to work on your dazzling manuscripts.

Here is an awesome article about the best standing desks and the ergonomic measurements you should look for when working at a standing desk.

Here is an interesting article on sitting and its hazards.