Writing With Praise

PRAISEIf Living with Praise is hard, writing with praise is even harder. This is counter-intuitive to be sure – and a sure sign that we all need more praise in our lives generally, and in our writing lives in particular.

Writing with Praise is also something I do every Tuesday Night at Salon, the brain-child of author and book shaman Suzanne D. Kingsbury, the founder of Wild Words, and a creative force who fosters positive energy and great writing.

Salon is a place for writers to assemble in creativity, leaving our solitude and day jobs to write together and with abandon. Suzanne gives us a prompt, which we can follow – or not – and then we write for an hour. No matter whether I’m stuck in my novel or writing well, attending Salon is always a blast of creative energy that boosts me to new, unexpected twists of discovery. There’s a powerful synergy that develops just from ten people writing together in the same room.

meridiansAfter writing, we read our new work, and we listen to each other with kindness and awe. We say what we like about the work – and that’s all we say. This is the gift: to hear the strength of our words echoed back. So, when Suzanne sent out an invitation for an all day Salon-Style Retreat, combining writing prompts, praise and body work, I signed up.

In the spirit of full disclosure, it wasn’t really that easy. My monkey mind chattered away why I couldn’t/shouldn’t/wouldn’t spend a MONKEYSunday sixty miles from home writing with strangers while having energy-attuning body work to help overcome resistance. It took too much time, it was too expensive, and I was writing well on my own, thank you very much.

I’ve been writing long enough to recognize this kind of resistance as a sure sign that this was something I needed to do.

So it was no surprise that the day after signing up for the workshop, I saw a whole new way to tell the story I’ve been working on forever. Part of me wanted to resist starting over yet again, and another part of me knew that I had to. By the time I arrived at the lovely workshop venue, I was eager to write. I knew that in such a supportive atmosphere I could willingly take the necessary risks to start over.

As promised, the workshop allowed me to tap into the intuitive center of my brain – that mysterious place where fiction is born – and to shut down BRAINthat part of my brain where resistance and criticism abide, allowing me to give voice to my story in a riff of surprising improvisation.

It may be true that we are programmed to pay more attention to criticism as a means of survival. But what if we want to go beyond mere survival? What if we want to soar? If my recent experience is any indication, negative self-talk hampers creativity, while writing with praise allows for braver attempts at more creative storytelling. Hallelujah!

photo: M. Shafer

photo: M. Shafer

Deborah Lee Luskin is the author of Into the Wilderness, an award-winning novel set in Vermont in 1964.

Writing and reading humor for a Monday

I enjoy writer/illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi‘s site, Inkygirl blog, and cartoons she contributes to Writer Unboxed.  I wanted to introduce you to Debbie and share 3 of my favorite cartoons. Maybe she’ll inspire you, too!

A Reader's Dilemma Credit: http://inkygirl.com/

A Reader’s Dilemma
Credit: http://inkygirl.com/

I’ve suffered from this – there’s no unseeing what has been seen!











NaNoIdMoAdMo Credit: http://inkygirl.com/

Credit: http://inkygirl.com/

Writing challenges are great, but let’s be careful!














Why we keep notepad and pen by the bed! Credit: http://inkygirl.com/

Why we keep notepad and pen by the bed! Credit: http://inkygirl.com/

The voices never stop talking to us.














Lisa J. Jackson loves working with words in her own work and with businesses. She also loves New Hampshire and is focused on completing several 5Ks in 2013 as a way to get off the couch consistently. You can connect with her on LinkedInBiznikFacebook, and Twitter

My muse enjoys dancing in the rain

In typing in the title for this post, I now have the song “Singing in the Rain” on high volume slamming around my brain. And I think some memories of middle school chorus are trying to push to the front of my memories. Oh my!

It’s amazing what the writer’s mind does with words, isn’t it? And that leads into my topic today.

Intense rain storm and flooding

Intense rain storm and flooding

I’ve discovered that my muse is very active and vocal on rainy days more than any other type of day. In fact, just saying ‘rain’ gets her doing jumping jacks.

She feeds me a lot of character dialogue in no particular order or manner, and seldom related to a single story. On the day I took this intense rain photo (in July ’08), Ms. Muse had all sorts of things to say, including children’s dialogue as they played at the beach, dialogue from animals (a la Dr. Doolittle) relocating from the country to the busy city, and dialogue from two 20-somethings trapped at the top of a local mountain in a blizzard.

Glorious sunshine

Glorious sunshine

On sunny days, my muse is open to exploring the outside world in search of new ideas. In a way, she likes to sun herself and take it easy. She lets the world be her cabana boy and serve ideas to her instead of going out to find the delectable fruits and seeds of ideas herself. (And, yes, sometimes she falls asleep in the sun without sunscreen on, which brings a lot of adjectives out.)

Snow and Sunshine

Snow and Sunshine

On snow days, she likes to gander at the landscape and wonder about the critters and people moving around ‘out there.’ She feeds me ideas about how the birds don’t fall out of the trees (after all, they can get a lot of snow on their shoulders!), and wonders if all the chipmunks found their way into a hole safely (and have enough food for their families to survive behind underground for a few days). Eventually she thinks about humans getting outside and unburying their world. More poetry flows through my muse on mornings like that, than prose.

On dismal, cold days, I’ve discovered my muse likes to play around with dark fiction and suspense, anything that gets my heart rate up. It must have something to do with the brisk air. She’s very ‘sharp’ on cold days, especially evenings. Everything is pointed (like icicles), brittle (like wind chill), and dark (like the short days). She brings me a lot of visuals, movies in my mind. There’s always an over abundance of activity with the characters that I can’t possibly keep track of everything, but I do end up warming up.

During the fall and spring, when a breeze can kick up a lot of scents (I love the lilacs right now!), my muse enjoys reminding me about such things as being in my grandmother’s kitchen while she was baking, being at the sea shore, and the moment I reach the peak of a mountain after hiking through the woods. A lot of journal writing pours out of my fingers at these times.

Now I have “America the Beautiful” on a loop in my head.

Does your muse react differently to the weather and temperature?

Lisa J. JacksonLisa J. Jackson loves working with words in her own work and with businesses. She also loves New Hampshire and is focused on completing several 5Ks in 2013 as a way to get off the couch consistently. You can connect with her on LinkedInBiznikFacebook, and Twitter

Tackling a 24-hour short story contest entry

I like to enter writing contests now and again, and in general prefer not to enter any that have a fee. I tend to like money coming to me for writing rather than away, which I’m sure you can relate to.

But there’s a short-story contest that caught my interest a few years ago that I like to enter, even though it has a fee. It’s the Writer’s Weekly 24-Hour Short Story Contest and it’s put on 4 times a year. The fee is $5 to enter.

There are a few reasons why I like this contest:

  • There are more than 85 prizes available
  • Top 3 prizes include cash amounts of $300, $250, or $200; and publication. Incentive!
  • It’s limited to 500 participants — 17% of total participants can win something (but, not all 500 submit by the deadline)
  • I don’t know the topic or word length until the bell rings – no stress over the prep :)
  • All participants have the same 24-hour period in which to write and submit
  • The rules are spelled out in detail and communicated on the website, in a downloadable PDF upon registration, and again at the start of the contest
  • Even though a prompt is the base of the contest, you don’t have to use it verbatim
  • There’s a lot of writing freedom
  • No specific genre
  • Encouraged to think outside the box
  • Tips are shared (i.e. it doesn’t impress the owner to have a character with her name or location in your story; put a title on the story; put your contact information at the end of the submission, and so much more)
  • If I end up not submitting, I don’t feel guilty over the $5 spent
  • I have time to write a draft and then step away from it (usually sleep on it), and then refine the piece before submitting
  • There are more than 85 prizes available (oh, am I repeating myself?) That’s a LOT of opportunity to win something!
  • It’s been around for quite a while
  • It’s always on a weekend (Saturday 1PM EST to Sunday 1PM EST)
  • The contest date It’s always announced weeks in advance, so I can schedule the time
  • When winners are announced, a summary of all entries is shared – common themes and endings – as a learning tool
  • It’s fun!
  • It’s a great break from ‘regular’ writing
  • I’ve placed in the contest a few times – and continue to strive for Top 3 at least once. :)
  • It’s good exercise for the muse
  • It’s a milestone to look forward to
  • Winners are announced when promised (generally within 6 weeks)

Okay, so that’s more than a few, but I haven’t come up with any reasons not to enter. There’s really nothing to lose, and only some spur-of-the-moment writing-to-a-prompt experience to gain (at a minimum).

My method for tackling the entry is: read the prompt and word count limit as soon as the e-mail arrives. Scratch out initial thoughts. Go out for a walk or get lunch and think about the prompt – think about what the ‘typical’ responses might be (the 1st 6 or so that come to mind should be ignored or twisted into something new). Do a free write without worrying about spelling or word count. Pull the nuggets out from the free write. Write a ‘real’ story. Step away from it. Read it. Step away again. Tweak it. Sleep on it. Make final revisions and submit a few hours before deadline.

This past weekend was the Spring contest. The Summer contest is going to be on July 13, and is now open for sign ups. Yep, I’ve already reserved my seat.

Do you have a favorite contest, or one that you find worthwhile? I’d love to hear about it.

Lisa J. JacksonLisa J. Jackson makes a living helping businesses express themselves with words and writing about NH. She has decided to complete several 5Ks in 2013 as a way to get off the couch and away from the screen. She drinks iced coffee year-round, and needs a stash of Peppermint Patties in the fridge at all times. You can connect with her on LinkedInBiznikFacebook, and Twitter

Hanging out with writers is exhilarating…and exhausting

me_signingWriting can be a solitary life, right? Even when working in a noisy cafe, I can encapsulate myself as I focus on my work – be with/around people, yet still alone.

So when I purposely join a group of writers for a couple hours or more, it’s a bit of a emotional overload. I go from my own thoughts to learning about other writers, what they’re passionate about, what they enjoy reading and writing, and what they are currently working on.

And at those times, I wish I was a sponge and able to absorb *everything* and review it later. I do the best I can, of course, and scribble notes when I have the chance.

I attended a full-day writers’ conference on Saturday and am still recovering. I got there early and met several people right away.

  • A neurologist who writes about addiction and recovery; he blogs and speaks to people who need his expertise – turning medical terminology into layman’s speak. And he’s 2/3 of the way through a book on the same topics he speaks about.
  • A career-long technical writer adjusting to writing historical fiction and finding it challenging to shift away from linear writing with rules to the freedom that fiction allows.
  • A newly published author who was attending the conference for the second time. Last year, her book was in process and after last year’s workshops and networking, the book has been published with a second scheduled with a publisher.
  • A local radio personality who enjoys meeting people and coming out from behind the microphone is now transitioning into the writing world.
  • An almost-MFA-graduate who was there to practice pitching a YA fantasy novel and to hopefully find leads into teaching opportunities.

Andres Dubus III was the keynote speaker. I’m not familiar with his work, but after hearing him speak, I want to learn more about his work. He was very down to earth and direct. I found it refreshing and motivating.

The workshops I took gave me new ideas for works in process and works not yet drafted. My workshops focused on characters, YA (young adult) & MG (middle grade) fantasy writing, and using maps as stories.

I also got to network with people in my area. It’s so nice to find local-to-me writers interested in getting together for coffee, or better, a writing group. It’s hard to find each other when we’re at home hiding behind our screens!

Bottom line is that I came away from the conference exhilarated with an abundance of information to evaluate. I recorded the workshops, but not my conversations, and it’s usually the conversations that have the priceless ‘nuggets.’

Back to my sponge analogy: after days like this, if I were a sponge, I could wring my thoughts into a bucket and take time to see what I captured. As it is, I usually need food to re-energize, and then quiet time to let everything settle — keeping a notepad and pen nearby to write down the thoughts that bubble to the surface.

Do you take time the same day to capture your ideas/thoughts after going to a workshop or conference? Or do you give yourself a day or more to let things settle?

Lisa J. JacksonLisa J. Jackson makes a living helping businesses express themselves with words and writing about NH. She has decided to complete several 5Ks in 2013 as a way to get off the couch and away from the screen. She drinks iced coffee year-round, and needs a stash of Peppermint Patties in the fridge at all times. You can connect with her on LinkedInBiznikFacebook, and Twitter

Shutting off the internal editor for 30 days

Oops, I did it again! Signed up for National Novel Writing Month, that is. How could I not? It’s addictive knowing I can get 50,000 words down in 30 days.

NaNoWrimo 2012 Participant badge

I’m an official ‘participant,’ and on or before December 1, I plan to be an official ‘winner’ for 2012.

If you have any inkling at all about wanting to get a story out of your head and onto the page, I recommend NaNoWriMo. Even if that dark voice in your head starts whispering things like:

  • You don’t have the time
  • You’re already over worked
  • You haven’t found time all year for your writing so what makes you think now will work?
  • Ha! You think you have a good enough idea for a novel?
  • There’s a long holiday weekend in November and you have to cook, clean, travel, visit, watch football, or be a couch potato.

What I love about participating in NaNoWriMo is shutting up that dark voice – and I bet you can turn off your internal editor, too.

Despicable Me 2 Movie PosterI visualize my ‘dark voice’ as a yard gnome (I have nothing against yard gnomes in the real world), and stomping it with a large boot. But like the googly-eyed talking Twinkies, er, minions in the movie Despicable Me, (or the upcoming Despicable Me 2) my imaginary yard gnome doesn’t shut up, no matter what I try — EXCEPT during November.

In November, there’s some type of force field that separates me from the dark voice in my head when I’m writing fiction. And I think it works for a lot of other writers, too.

This is directly from http://www.nanowrimo.org:

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

NaNoWriMo is free and you can be as involved as you want with other Wrimos (the name given to other, um, crazy people who have signed up) in your area or online.

You can try “word wars” where people agree to start writing at a certain time (top of the hour, quarter past, half past, etc.) and for a certain length of time (15 minutes, 30 minutes, etc.) At the end of that time period, post your total words, and see how you compare to other writers. Competition can really kick those endorphins into high gear.

Honestly, there is just a feeling of freedom knowing that the internal voice has no power and that the words can flow onto the page. Editing can start in December, but for November, how about joining me in getting at least 50,000 words down?

Lisa J Jackson writerLisa J. Jackson is a New England-region journalist and a year-round chocolate and iced coffee lover. She loves working with words, and helping others with their own. As Lisa Haselton, she writes fiction, co-blogs about mystery-related writing topics at Pen, Ink, and Crimes, has an award-winning blog for book reviews and author interviews, and is a chat moderator at The Writer’s Chatroom. Connect with her on LinkedInFacebook, or Twitter

Review of Your Book Starts Here by Mary Carroll Moore

Your Book Starts Here coverYour Book Starts Here: Create, Craft, and Sell Your First Novel, Memoir, or Nonfiction Book

by Mary Carroll Moore

Reviewed by Lisa J. Jackson

(This review was first published in the Fall 2012 issue of NH Writer, the newsletter of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project.)

In Your Book Starts Here: Create, Craft, and Sell Your First Novel, Memoir, or Nonfiction Book, Mary Carroll Moore shares her years of experience teaching her “How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book” workshop. But this is not simply a workbook of exercises. It is so complete, detailed, and instructive that I see it as a classroom in a book.

The twenty-five chapters are divided over three sections—planning, writing, and developing—and are meant to be read in whatever order applies to your current project. Dedicate some reading time, because once you start the book, it’s hard to put down. There are numerous exercises to try, questions to ponder, and tools you can adapt to your own work.

Moore’s conversational style keeps the reader involved, much like a teacher engaging students in a classroom. She poses questions and expects the reader to work out the answers. For example, she asks, “What kind of writer are you, most naturally? A concept, event, or image writer?” She also gives numerous examples from past students, touching on novels, memoirs, and nonfiction writing. I felt immersed in a conversation with other writers eager to discover new tips, tricks, and ways to make the story come alive on the page.

One tip I found riveting was how to change your Inner Critic into an ally. Many writers deal with damaging self-talk, but Moore has suggestions on how to turn the unhelpful voice into, at a minimum, a silent presence. One method that she used for her memoir, when a particular memory refused to get on the page, was to write a letter to her Inner Critic. In her writer’s notebook (which she recommends all writers have), she thanked the Inner Critic for keeping her safe over the years and described how she appreciated its role. “Then,” she says, “I asked it kindly to step aside, to let me write this chapter. I explained why I needed to write it . . .”

When she finished the letter, she closed her notebook and went back to her desk. The Inner Critic was silent, and the chapter flowed onto the page with ease. The inner voice is usually our subconscious. Meeting the voice head on—to get to the issue and acknowledge it—can help us move forward.

Moore’s book is full of sharing. She not only speaks from experience but details those experiences in a way that builds a bond between herself and her reader. For instance, she talks about the idea of writing for one person, since most writers tend to “begin writing for themselves only.” At first she didn’t believe in this advice, which she learned from reading Kurt Vonnegut’s work, but after publishing several books, she saw how it improved her own writing. And I believe her, since I felt she was talking to me, one person, as I read.

It’s worth repeating: Your Book Starts Here is a writing class in a book. Having a copy to refer to and mark up can help you continually improve your craft. The appendix alone can keep your muse entertained and curious for months, because it includes Moore’s favorite books about acquiring writing skills, getting ideas, healing via writing, editing and revising, publishing, engaging the creative process, and more. This is not a book you read once and put on a shelf. It’s a reference that offers insight, exercises, and real-world examples for all stages of your book writing project.


Lisa J Jackson writerLisa J. Jackson is a New England-region journalist and a year-round chocolate and iced coffee lover. She is a Great Leads editor for New Hampshire Writers’ Project and a Granite State AmbassadorShe writes fiction as Lisa Haselton, has an award-winning blog for book reviews and author interviews, and is on the staff of The Writer’s Chatroom. Connect with her on LinkedInFacebook, or Twitter

Hoarding Gemstones

            In addition to my self-assigned task of drafting a novel, and the pen-for-hire work I do for a major medical center, I write five essays a month: two posts for this blog, two Commentaries for Vermont Public Radio, and a column for The Commons, my local, independent, newspaper. The wonderful thing about these essays is that I get to write about whatever I want to, within generous parameters: For Live to Write, Write to Live, I write about the writing life; for the radio, I write about Vermont life; and for the newspaper, I write about life in Windham County.

Most of the time, I have plenty to say, and the challenge is to focus on a single topic in an interesting and informative way. But every once in a while, I find myself hyperventilating with anxiety because my deadline is fast approaching and I’m parched for ideas.

Somehow, I’ve always managed to squeak something out, but I don’t like the race the to wire, so I’ve developed a two-fold strategy to avoid this eleventh-hour brinksmanship: I keep lists of ideas, and I walk.

My lists are like a safe-deposit box filled with uncut gemstones. When I need to find a topic, I open the box and sift through the raw ideas until I find one whose heft feels right. I rub my thumb along a rough edge, turn it in the light, and pocket it for further examination. Some of these stored ideas spend years in the box – until the season or politics or moment is just right, and some may never see the light of day.

Once I choose a rough idea, I pocket it in the back of my mind. Just carrying it around for a bit helps me think my way around an idea while I’m performing other tasks of daily life. But when I’m ready to get serious about thinking something through, I go for a walk.

I walk a lot – four to six miles a day. It is during this walk that I find my way in to an essay – often I hear the first line, which gives me the voice and the conceit of the piece. When I return to my desk, I write. Sometimes, I hear this voice before I’ve reached the end of the drive, and sometimes, I don’t hear it until I’ve climbed to the top of the hill. Once I’ve got it, I look up and see where I am, sometimes noticing the weather or landscape for the first time that day.

Walking is not the only way I find my way in to an essay, but it is my favorite. I can also let my mind freewheel when I’m at the wheel of the car. I keep a notebook and pen on board, so I can make notes when I arrive at my outward destination, in order to remember these ideas when I return home.  There must be something about forward motion that helps me shake ideas into place.

In addition to warehousing ideas so that I can meet my deadlines, these strategies provide other satisfactions: When I’ve used an idea, I enjoy crossing it off the list; and when I’ve figured out my way in to an essay, I enjoy the exercise and fresh air of my walk.

How do you find topics to write about?

Deborah Lee Luskin is novelist, essayist and educator. She is a regular commentator for Vermont Public Radio, a Visiting Scholar for the Vermont Humanities Council and the author of the award winning novel, Into The Wilderness. For more information, visit her website at www.deborahleeluskin.com

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Let’s write or read a poem

If you haven’t heard yet, April is National Poetry MonthNational Poetry Month 30 Ways to Celebrate

As a writer, I believe it’s important to always stretch and grow in the craft, and that entails writing daily and trying different types of writing.

I don’t consider myself a poet, but I did have a poem published in 2007. Specifically a haiku, using my pseudonym. Here it is:


by Lisa Haselton

Death knocked on the door

Two brothers separated

Pain too deep for smiles

A traditional haiku follows a 5-7-5 rhythm. I wrote this one after having one of my two cats got ill and I had to let him go. It’s a remembrance to Gizmo, a sweet soul gone too soon.

The Huffington Post is featuring “four great poets” this month at the rate of one poet per week. The first author they talk about is Eileen Myles. Ever heard of her? I hadn’t, until now. Reading her work has entertained my muse and sparked a couple of ideas.

I don’t think I’m alone in saying I find a lot of poetry challenging to read. I think of poems like sampling wines. You can’t rush through them – you need to be ready to take your time and enjoy each part of the experience.

A lot of libraries in my area are promoting poetry month. The one in my town is hosting a contest with a local poet. I’m working on a free verse poem (it doesn’t follow any ‘official’ form at that I’m aware of) to post in the library and then read at an open mic night later on this month. I like the poem, but I can’t quite get the ending to work – yet.

I may just be using my well-honed procrastination skills, at the moment, but deep down, I know it would be a great experience to read my poem in front of an audience. Just something I can add to a list of things I’ve accomplished.

I encourage you to find a poem or a book of poems to look at this month. Take a few minutes and see what comes from dabbling in this type of writing for a little bit.

The Academy of American Poets has 30 ways to celebrate – I bet one might catch your eye, or your muse, if it hasn’t already.

Do you read or write poetry on a consistent basis? If not, will you read a poem or a book of poems this month (other than my haiku above)? How about writing a poem this month?

Nothing to lose, and only experience to gain!

Lisa J Jackson writer

Lisa J. Jackson is an independent editor, writer, New England region journalist, and a year-round chocolate and iced coffee lover. She writes fiction as Lisa Haselton, has an award-winning blog for book reviews and author interviews, and is on the staff of The Writer’s Chatroom

Giving script writing a shot

I’ve done it. I couldn’t wait for November this year for another National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), so I went ahead and signed up for April’s madness known as Script Frenzy.

Script frenzy participant badge

Where the NaNoWriMo challenge is to write 50,000 words in November’s 30 days, the Script Frenzy challenge is to write 100 properly-formatted pages of original scripted material in April’s 30 days.

The script can be: a screenplay, stage play, web series, TV show, short film, or graphic novel.

Like NaNoWriMo (the two are related) Script Frenzy:

  • is no cost to enter
  • uses the same login as NaNoWriMo – so if you’re a wrimo, you’re ready to go!
  • has cool banners and badges (like the one to the right) to download and post to a blog, website, or Facebook page
  • has forums for moral support and advice
  • offers regional forums to connect with other participants in the local area
  • sends participants motivational emails
  • is a great opportunity to push to achieve a new writing goal
  • looks like a lot of fun

This will be my first-ever Script Frenzy and I haven’t decided on the type of script I’ll write yet. I started a TV show script a million years ago while working on my master’s degree in writing and literature, but have been more into short and novel-length fiction since then.

What drew me to Script Frenzy?

  • Perhaps it’s that I got a discount on Scrivener (writing software) for ‘winning’ November’s NaNoWriMo, and Scrivener has a tool to help format scripts so I don’t have to stress about formatting
  • Perhaps my muse needs something completely different from the non-fiction articles I’ve been focused on the past few months
  • Maybe it’s the 2012 Script Frenzy logo that caught my attention

I’m not sure what drew me to this challenge, but in looking around the scriptfrenzy.org site, I’m impressed with the how-to guides they offer under Writer’s Resources.

They have great descriptions of the different types of scripts, examples, and even some self-paced ‘boot camps’ to get folks started. The only thing I know for sure is that I won’t be scripting a graphic novel. Every other script type is up for grabs though!

The scriptwriting starts at midnight the morning of April 1 and ends at midnight the night of April 30, your local time.

What do you say? Are you ‘frenzied’ enough to join me in the April challenge?

Lisa Jackson writerLisa J. Jackson is an independent editor, writer, New England region journalist, and a year-round chocolate and iced coffee lover. She writes fiction as Lisa Haselton, has an award-winning blog for book reviews and author interviews, and is on the staff of The Writer’s Chatroom