blogs and online writing

Thanks and goodbye!

Hi Writers,Just wanted to say a final farewell since I’m leaving WD a little earlier than expected. Thank you so much for your comments, your well wishes and good thoughts and especially for reading this blog. I believe they’ll be ending future postings to The Writer’s Perspective but I’m starting a new blog at...

5 Nifty Google Writing Tools

Hi, writers, Maria is likely sipping exotic neon cocktails and hanging out with top writers as the Maui Writers Conference wraps up in Hawaii, so this week I’m taking over The Writer’s Perspective and the WD fort in Cincinnati, wearing an old lei from a luau-themed office party. I originally planned to blog about...

3 ACTS OF BAD BLOGGING

Hi Writers,      I’m a big fan of blogs, after all, haven’t they essentially leveled the playing field for writers? You don’t need money, connections or a publishing contract to have a blog, what’s not to love. But since it is a medium that’s so freely available, many would-be writer/ bloggers make the...

101 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS

Hi Writers,I’ve included a handy link in the left navigation to our 2008 101 Best Websites for Writers. We’ve been running this list annually for 10 years now, and we’re quite proud to be able to spotlight these great resources. As you can imagine, weeding through the thousands of nominations we receive each year...

The Hazards of Oversharing

Hi Writers,I am so very glad that the blogsophere didn’t yet exist when I was a teenager/ twentysomething. Reading the New York Times magazine essay about blogger Emily Gould only amplified this feeling. I’m quite sure if I had acceses to a blog when I was 20 all of the stupid details of my...

Send Us To Your Site!

Hi Writers, Now is the time to bring your website to the attention of the WD editors. We’re taking nominations for the best writer’s website to feature in the October issue of Writer’s Digest. Here are the details: We’re looking for the writer with the best personal website or blog that was created and...

My Archival Wanderings: Stephen King on drinking

Hi Writers,You may be wondering how I’ve been choosing these daily excerpts I’ve been posting from the Writer’s Digest archives. Here’s how it happens: Brian (the Brain of Q&Q) spins me around and wherever I’m pointing at the end of my spinning is the year I choose from. It’s kind of like medieval divining...

Still linear in a networked world

Hi Writers,Prodigious print buyers are winning by a landslide in my poll below “Do you buy less print (magazines, newspapers and books) than you did five years ago?” To continue along that same vein of thought, I read an intriguing article this week on the Publishing 2.0 blog: The Evolution From Linear Thought To...

Does Generosity Pay Off?

Hi Writers, To follow up on my previous post on changing reading habits, the poll right now:Do you buy less print (books, magazines, newspapers) than five years ago? 37 people so far have voted “yes” (they are buying less) vs. 51 people who voted “no.” I’m keeping the poll open so scroll down and...

Have your reading habits changed?

Hi Writers,Thanks to everyone who chimed in on my previous post about the gray areas of publishing your creative writing online. One thing that seems to come up over and over again is this: Will people pay for print versions of what they can get online for free? I think this is a really...

Publishing Fiction on a Blog

Hi Writers,One of the questions that came up when I originally posted my 20 tips for good blogging was the issue of whether or not it makes sense to post your fiction online. And the answer is, well, it depends. It’s important to think hard about what your writing and publishing goals are before...

Blogs: Handling sensitive subjects

Hi Writers,Anyone who blogs and is interested in learning how to write about a very serious topic should check out Patry Francis’ blog Simply Wait. I wrote about Patry in my previous post. She’s an author who’s battling cancer. She’s been chronicling that battle on her blog recently. Here’s a brief excerpt from a...

Blogs: Cutting words in your posts Part 3

Hi Writers,Since there seems to be a great deal of angst surrounding my advice to try to keep your blog posts short, I’m going to do one final post on the subject and then move on to more creative, less-irritating topics. My advice to try and keep the majority of your blog posts down...

Cutting words in your posts: Part 2

Hi Writers, I’ve noticed, in my web wanderings, wordiness is a rampant problem in the blogosphere. So to continue the theme of my previous post on cutting down wordiness, I’ve taken a recent post by one of my favorite writers, fellow WD blogger Kevin Alexander (with his permission), and cut out the excessive adjectives,...

Blogs: How to Keep your Word Count Down

Hi Writers,Several people commented specifically on tip #10: Keep it Short from my “20 Tips for Good Blogging” article. They remarked that it’s difficult to keep posts to 300 words, and that word limit is perhaps too strict. But I stick with my original advice to keep it short. Most successful blogs stick to...

Best Blog Software for Writers

Hi Writers,I want to thank everyone who stopped by and left a comment on my 20 Tips for Good Blogging post. I’ve learned so much from your comments and I’m going to address many of the intriguing questions and comments you’ve contributed. A few of the things I’m going to explore on the blogfront...

20 Tips for Good Blogging

Hi Writers, If you’ve been a regular reader here, you know that I spent much of 2007 perusing writer’s blogs for my Project 20/20: Build my Blogroll Project. I spotlighted 20 writer’s blogs (one a week for 20 weeks) and added them to my Blogroll, where you can still find the links. Even though...

PROJECT 20/20: BUILD MY BLOGROLL WEEK 20 ADD!

Hi Writers,I’m back, shamelessly two-days late for this, the wrap-up of my Project 20/20: Build my Blogroll Project. I apologize to anyone who worried I’d  given it all up to join a roving mime troupe. I’ve been on holiday, celebrating with family and doing good deeds involving small children and their pets. But in...

PROJECT 20/20: BUILD MY BLOGROLL WEEK 19 ADD!

Hi Writers,Well, you didn’t think I’d forget about my Project 20/20: Build My Blogroll, just because it’s the holidays, did you? This is the 19th Friday in as many weeks in my project to add 20 writer’s blogs to my blogroll and now we’re counting down to the home stretch. I started a two-week...

PROJECT 20/20: BUILD MY BLOGROLL WEEK 18 ADD!

Hi Writers,It’s been energizing reading all of your writing goals for 2008 as they’re rolling in. Keep them coming, I’m going to announce the 10 winners and post their goals here next Tuesday. In the meantime, it’s Friday, and that means it’s again time to add another writer’s blog to my blogroll. I’m up...

Win a Writer's Digest subscription!

Hi Writers,I know it’s a crazy time of year, and you probably have your writing career set in neutral at the moment, but it’s time to put the credit card away for a few minutes and start thinking about what your goals are for 2008 (just 20 days away—eek!). To get the creative wheels...

Writer's Digest on Facebook

Hi Writers,I’m on Facebook now, and so is our beloved Writer’s Digest, so stop by and say hi if you’re a Facebooker!Maria Schneider on FacebookWriter’s Digest on Facebook Keep Writing,Maria You might also like:No Related Posts

PROJECT 20/20: BUILD MY BLOGROLL WEEK 17 ADD!

Hi Writers,It’s Friday and that means it’s time to announce my 17th add in my Project 20/20: Build My Blogroll contest (you can find details and many of the nominated writing blogs on the left navigation). This week’s add is an ambitious young blogger/writer, who focuses on the teen writing scene at:   Innovative Teen:...

Is Copyright Now Necessary?

Hi Writers,Wow, I hate to be a buzz-kill over the holidays, but I read an alarming report in Publishers Weekly and thought it was important to share with you: Court Voids Settlement in Tasini v New York Times Here’s an excerpt: The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has thown out a settlement between freelance...

PROJECT 20/20: BUILD MY BLOGROLL WEEK 16 ADD!

Hi Writers, Here it’s week 16 in my Project 20/20 Build my Blogroll contest and the nominations for writers’ blogs keep rolling in. If you’ve been following along, you know I’ve chosen a very wide ranging collection of writer’s blogs for writers of all stripes—from the purely whimsical to the downright practical. This week’s...