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NaNoWriMo Pre Planning

So you’re an old hand at National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as November. You’ve already got your route lined up, and you’re all set to write a novel (50,000 words) starting November 1, and finishing by 11:59 PM November 30. But maybe you’re new to NaNoWriMo. Here are some suggestions. (You might start by checking out Eldon Hugh’s great post on NaNoWriMo & the Power of Positive Peer Pressure)… Read More

Prompt Contest Winner!

So remember the writing prompt contest we had in May? We’re ready to announce the winner: With a full 50% of all the votes cast, the winner is Colin Sinclair, with the prompt, “Never try to hang a magician.” Colin, if you’ll just drop me a note via our contact form, with instructions on how to get your copy of The Library at Mount Char to you, we’ll be happy to.. Read More

Interview with Scott Hawkins author of The Library at Mount Char

Scott Hawkins is forty-five and works as a computer programmer.  He’s been a member of AbsoluteWrite since 2006.  He lives in the Atlanta suburbs with his wife and seven dogs. The Library at Mount Char is his first novel. Scott has also been instrumental in keeping Absolute Write’s server running for close to ten years now. What was different about writing and publishing a novel versus writing and publishing a.. Read More

Absolute Write Forums Upgrade and Brief Outage

We’re going to have a short break in Absolute Write service from 9 am Saturday, May 9 2015, to 9 pm, Sunday, May 10 2015, Pacific Time. We’re upgrading the software for the forums. It will be a little different, but mostly the same (only better!). What you can do to help is, just in case, save a copy of your avatar. We expect the have them all lined up.. Read More

While You Wait: A Writing Prompt Contest!

While you wait for AW’s forums to return after their spiffy upgrade, here’s a contest you can participate in right here. Come up with a writing prompt that your fellow AWers can work on while they wait for the Forums/AW Water Cooler to be back after the upgrade. Keep in mind that we have all kinds of writers at AW, our members write fiction of every conceivable sort, screen plays,.. Read More

Why Connie Willis Won’t Be Presenting at the Hugo Awards

Those of you who know me well, know that Connie Willis wrote a novel that’s very much shaped and cemented my love for the genre — a novel I reread every year. Her entire body of work is nothing short of awe-inspiring. She’s a great American writer, not “just” a great SF writer. For an overview of what this is all about: Freeping the Hugo Awards Reposted in its entirety, with.. Read More

Interview with P. N. Elrod

Accomplished writer and editor P.N. “Pat” Elrod is the author of 24 commercially-published novels, more than 20 short stories, and the editor and co-editor of several collections. In her copious spare time, she freelance edits and critiques. What is that editors do and don’t do? That depends on the editor and the kind of editing involved. I have worked as an acquisitions editor—reading the slush pile—as well as what I.. Read More

NaNoWriMo & the Power of Positive Peer Pressure

Nano Crest

Guest Post by Eldon Hughes P to the 4th power? P-Diddlying? Whatever. It’s what doing NaNoWriMo successfully is all about, taking advantage of the power of positive peer pressure. Every year since 1999 a growing horde of strangers and friends get together in groups, online and face to face, all over the world. At the end of the month, many of them will claim the prize — the title of.. Read More

Four Steps to Becoming a God(dess) of Literary Elements


Guest Post by Kristin Bair O’Keeffe When I was in grad school working on my MFA degree, fellow writers and I hashed out the symbolic power of Janie’s hair in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, argued about whether or not Bartleby’s “I would prefer not to” was a statement against the growing materialism of American culture, and bowed to the importance of hunger in Richard Wright’s Black Boy—hunger.. Read More