Those of us just starting out on our writing journeys can sometimes get bogged down by inner doubts. The worst critic is the one living…
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Hello Writer! It’s November 1st, the first day of NaNoWriMo, the start of a 30-day journey toward 50,000 words. It’s going to be intense and…
Rejection letters can be discouraging, but they’re not the end of the world. Follow these five tips to improve your odds of successful submissions.
Fulfilling our dreams by helping others – Shut Up & Write! is now a non-profit organization!
We love our Organizers. Did you know every few months we have a giveaway as part of our Organizer Rewards Program? We wanted to kick…
Two years ago at this time, I was on a writer’s high, full of success from completing the National Novel Writing Month Challenge. I’d finished…
After a two year break, I needed something to kick start my writing again. NaNoWriMo seemed like the perfect opportunity. That being said, 50,000 words is more than a little daunting for this new mom. This year, I’m putting on my rebel hat and doing it my way…
We just launched our 50th Writing Chapter! We’re celebrating with all our writers across the world as our founder, Rennie Saunders, talks about what’s next for Shut Up & Write!
Think you can’t write today? Have you got 5 minutes? Read more to learn how to make the 5 Minute Write work for you.
We’re so excited to share our winners for our first Organizer Rewards of 2018! Drumroll please…. Kapila M. (New York City Chapter) Joan S. (New…
Having a writing plan will maximize your writing time and make you a better writer. Follow these four simple steps to become more effective and ensure you stay on target to accomplish your writing goals.
Welcome to the New Year! Is writing one of your resolutions? Do these 5 simple things and make this your best year for writing yet.
Announcing the selected zine submissions for the first ever Shut Up & Write! publication; celebrate with us as we announce our writers for the 2017 Zine!
Yeah, she used red ink. The dirt details about working with an editor on my mystery novel…
It’s finally here – an update from our judges for the 2017 Shut Up & Write! Zine publication. A huge thank you to all of our writers who submitted!
On a warm Saturday this early June, Shut Up & Write! set up a booth at the annual Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley for…
Julie Howard, the Shut Up & Write! City Manager for Boise, Idaho, found inspiration and a notebook full of ideas at the San Francisco Writers Conference this February.
Take a tour of the San Francisco Writers Conference with our Writer from Sacramento as he shares his experience mingled with an unbiased accounting of San Francisco glamour and culinary delights.
Our founder, Rennie Saunders, explains where our tagline “Attending the Muse” came from and why it’s an important ritual in the writing process.
San Francisco Writers Conference highlights including pro-tips and insights on pitching, writing craft and the ultimate SFWC experience.
Getting ready for the San Francisco Writers Conference? Here are 8 pro-tips to make the most out of SFWC17 (or any writers’ conference)
All of our organizers do an incredible job of running Shut Up & Write! meetups throughout each of our 15 chapter cities. To say thank you, we recently raffled off two tickets to this year’s San Francisco Writers Conference.
Sometimes as a writer (and a human) we all need a break now and then. Here are five geeky hobbies that fellow writers might enjoy.
I won NaNoWriMo with 57K words! What did I do? I wrote every day. I attended 3 Shut Up & Write! events a week. I fell in love with my story.
I survived my first week of NaNoWriMo and got my 10K badge. Here are the best and worst moments of the last seven days of writing.
We interviewed Alissa Perrucci, one of our published Shut Up & Write! authors, to hear her story of how she wrote and published her book.
You haven’t written in a while but you’re ready to write again. Here’s a fool-proof way to getting back into your writing routine.
So you’ve finished your book. Congratulations! Let’s just take a moment to contemplate and revel in what a huge thing you’ve accomplished. Lots of people…
We all know that Crowdfunding makes projects which would have been unthinkable in the past, possible today, creating a new paradigm for creativity. But print books have been around of hundreds of years, with publishers the time-honored gatekeepers. How is this industry, in which five big publishing houses hold incredible power, going to adapt to Kickstarter?
Now that you’re getting used to writing on a regular basis, you may start to see your own writing style develop. The second in our series of tips for beginning writers, we’ll take a look at your writing style and how to manage your work when it’s in progress.
You’re writing your first draft; we’ve all been there. You’re nervous, anxious, excited – maybe you have an outline, maybe you’re just winging it. Things are going well… but then, you find yourself starting to pause. Your momentum slows, your word count drops. You find yourself picking over details, spending agonizing moments bent over a Thesaurus. Maybe you find yourself researching the precise patterns available from the time period in your book. You heard a lecture about the importance of your opening scene and you’ve rewritten chapter 1 before you’ve found your ending.
This, my friend, is getting caught up in the lure of perfection. Here’s how you get out.
To fail to write would destroy that drive. It would destroy the progress I had made during the trip. I was not going to fail, not this time, this time, I would finish the book.
I feel that I can be forgiven for not publishing my stories into print because, well because I didn’t get around to it. It wasn’t as important as writing the stories. Problem is, I’ve done that a lot… until now that is.
You’re excited to write. You talk about doing it. You make plans to do it. Trouble is, you’re not writing.
You’re not alone. Developing the discipline to write consistently can be tough, particularly when you are first starting out. Everything else seems to get in the way. Here’s how to get yourself on track when you find yourself procrastinating.
Where are you at 10:00am sharp on Saturday mornings? Sleeping in? Waking up? Waiting for brunch? I’m usually grabbing a seat at Mo Joe’s Cafe for a Shut Up & Write! marathon. Why you might ask? That first check-in.
I wrote this series a long time ago to share what I’ve learned. Since I’ve been writing regularly for quite a few years, I thought this would be fun to update. None of this advice is cut in stone and what works for me may not work for you. These are the three classic pieces of writing advice you may ever hear – here’s why they are probably the most important.