www.inkthinkerblog.com — The following promotional release landed in my inbox and looks like a great match for Inkthinker readers. Enjoy! -kk

Available at your local bookstore or online through indiebound.org, Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, other on-line booksellers, www.redbirdstudio.com or ask your local library. Published in print and ebook editions.




Inspires and instructs. Includes coaching on:
• what it takes to be a writer
• techniques for writing fact and fiction
• bringing real and imagined characters to life • organizing thoughts and material
• mastering point of view
• writing “from the inside”
• the “get and give” of critiques
• how to get happily published
• and much more

What they say:

“… a combination of tough-love coaching and humor that inspires and shows you how to become the writer you want to be”
~ Elfrieda Abbe, Publisher – The Writer magazine

“Encouraging, humorous, straight-talking. Shut Up & Write! is one of the best books I’ve read on writing.”
~ Shauna Singh Baldwin. Author of English Lessons. What the Body Remembers, The Tiger Claw, and We Are Not in Pakistan.

“Shut Up & Write! is one of those rare volumes that truly does it all. In addition to being a practical “how-to” guide, the book provides priceless advice on the care and feeding of the Inner Writer. Laced with wit and common sense, Judy Bridges serves as her own best example of what excellent writing can be.”
~ Marilyn L. Taylor, Poet Laureate, State of Wisconsin

“Judy Bridges is a driving force behind the many writers she has helped. If you want to write, do yourself a favor, buy this book and follow her advice. You will not only write, you will succeed.”
~ John Lehman, Founder of Rosebud Magazine and literary editor of Wisconsin People & Ideas

Judy Bridges is one of the few people who can say, “Shut Up and Write!” in a way that makes you smile. A renowned mentor and coach, she earned her living as a writer before founding Redbird writing center in Milwaukee, WI, where she taught (and learned from) over 6,000 aspiring and accomplished writers of all ages. She shares her wisdom with a no-nonsense, humorous voice that makes writing accessible and reading her book a joy.

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www.inkthinkerblog.com — There are still spaces available in this coming Saturday’s seminar “Say What? Writing Better Dialogue by Thinking Dramatically” with playwright Enrique Urueta. This seminar is for fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, playwrights, screenwriters, anybody whose dialogue could use improvement. Whether you write fiction or drama, your ability to capture a reader’s attention and drive your story forward depends heavily on dialogue. But what makes good dialogue? How does dialogue drive a narrative? And how will thinking dramatically improve your writing? We’ll discuss what makes good dialogue work and practice a variety of exercises that will hone your ability to craft believable and effective dialogue. 9am-1pm, $55 members, $60 non-members. Register online or come by during open hours. See our website for details:

And the seminar will be followed at 2pm by a FREE discussion with Enrique Urueta:
“Does This Play Make my Brown Look Gay? Writing at the Intersection of Race and Sexuality”
Playwright Enrique Urueta discusses his experience writing in the context of race and sexuality. His award-winning plays Learn to Be Latina, The Danger of Bleeding Brown, and Forever Never Comes have been presented across the country. Free and open to the public.

WriterHouse Information
508 Dale Ave, Charlottesville VA

WriterHouse is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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5 Tips for Meeting Writing Deadlines

by Kristen King on March 12, 2012

www.inkthinkerblog.com — A Guest Post by David Sumner

Photo Credit: Christopher Hill

Freelancers are typically over-worked and yet despite our best efforts in keeping on top of everything, those deadlines advance relentlessly. Deadlines can spur us onto bigger and better things or they can become our worst nightmares and cause a burnout. There are many things that can waylay your project timetable, some pleasant, some not so pleasant, such as distractions at home to handling the legitimate concerns of your customers.

In this economic climate you won’t have the luxury to work on one project at a time, so how can you ensure you will maintain productivity, cut down on these distractions and bring all projects to a successful conclusion? Here are my favorite tactics of mine that can help minimize distractions and ensure that your working relationship with the client runs as smoothly as possible.

Tip 1: Prioritize

If you are struggling to juggle enquiries from clients then you need to prioritize the concerns of some projects over others. Does one project require more technical skills or does another project come from a long-term valued customer with whom you have worked many times? These are the questions you will have to ask yourself.

Tip 2: Learn to say no

Sometimes a client will demand the impossible from you at the drop of a hat and expect you to carry out extra tasks simply because they are footing the bill. This is lethal to your deadlines. All aspects of the job need to be agreed on in advance in order for you to prepare the right materials and allocate the necessary work time. Thus, extra caveats and wishes from the client must mean either a rise in payment or a lengthening of the deadline; otherwise they must be diplomatically refused.

Tip 3: Communicate

To avoid misunderstandings and issues that will inevitably arise on a project, you must maintain open and fluid channels of communication with your clients. Creating milestones for the project means that the customer can follow your progress at every step and create ample opportunities to review the status of the project. This will reduce the number of anxious yet distractive phone calls and emails from clients.

Tip 4: Create an effective working schedule

Notify your clients that they must relay their questions and concerns to you via email or twitter. You can therefore assign a window in your daily schedule to check these messages, filter, prioritize and resolve them. This is preferable to simply leaving your Skype account open to face questions from clients all throughout the working day. This also simplifies the communication process for clients living in different time zones.

Tip 5: Maintain creativity and efficiency

We all experience a block in our creativity sometimes and for freelancers who are working to a tight deadline this could be potentially fatal to your projects. To avoid this happening you need to identify the problem as soon as it starts, because when you are stressed and overworked your work will suffer. When a block occurs, switch off and reconnect with your passion for the work. Plus, freelancing allows you to work flexible hours therefore if working in the afternoon or on weekends is your preference, you’re the boss.

These are just a few tips to help you meet your deadlines. Be careful of the projects you take for whilst there may be sense in opting for the long-term and extensive projects that pay more, the financial advantages need to be calculated against your own working sanity. After all you opted for the freelancing life to ensure that you could enjoy more of your down-time, not work the same 9-5 working schedule as before.

About the Author

David Sumner comes to Inkthinker from from twago, Europe’s leading job platform for web design, programming and graphic design freelancers.

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www.inkthinkerblog.com — The second annual Words & Wine event, to benefit WriterHouse, will be held on October 23, 1-4pm, at Keswick Vineyards. Admission ($30 per person or $50 per couple) includes wine tasting, complimentary wine glass, light hors d’oeuvres, and one raffle ticket. Can’t attend the event? Raffle tickets are available for $5 each or 5 for $20. You need not be present to win. Writer House – 508 Dale Avenue, Charlottesville, VA / www.writerhouse.org / 434-296-1922

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www.inkthinkerblog.com — Sunday, October 9, 2:00pm

Author Tayari Jones discusses family secret-keeping, loyalty and betrayal. “Tayari Jones is fast defining middle-class black Atlanta the way Cheever did Westchester,” according to The Village Voice, while Judy Blume says this novel will “break your heart before you even know it.” Free and open to the public. Books available for purchase and signing. Writer House – 508 Dale Avenue, Charlottesville, VA / www.writerhouse.org / 434-296-1922

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
304 E. Melbourne Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20901

www.inkthinkerblog.com — Are you mystified, intrigued, or maybe even a little bit irritated by everything you’ve been hearing about Twitter and what a great promotional tool it is?

Do you want to get in on the action, but you’re not sure how to begin? (Or how to get the fantastic results you keep hearing about, but aren’t seeing from your own “tweets” yet?)

Twitter for Writers will show you how you can use Twitter to

  • Promote your book or business
  • Drive traffic to your website, blog, or Facebook page
  • Create a lively online community of people (and organizations) with interests similar to yours
  • Discover surprising fringe benefits
  • Have fun!

Topics covered will include:

  • Creating your profile
  • Choosing who to follow, and attracting the people you want to follow you
  • The basics of tweeting and re-tweeting
  • How to create an effective and easy-to follow promotional strategy
  • How to get your tweets re-tweeted
  • How you can make the most of your tweets through:
  • Use of the “hash-tag” (#)
  • Twitter conventions such as #FF, #WW, #TT
  • Interfaces with Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media
  • Twitter etiquette

This three-hour introductory mini-course will include lecture/demonstration, Q&A, brainstorming exercises you can gear to your own individual needs, and hands-on practice on your own laptops (or tablets). The inaugural session is offered at a $75 first-come, first-served price: limit 8 participants.

Want to reserve a spot? Have questions? E-mail Janet Hulstrand or call her at 202-744-7338.

Janet Hulstrand is a freelance writer, editor and teacher of writing and literature. She has used Twitter to promote books, blogs, editorial services, museum foundations, study abroad programs and other endeavors, for herself and for her clients. She tweets from @janetjoy and @AmerWriteMuseum.

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