NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge

SSC2013_TopLogo01Today marks the last day you can officially sign up for the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge. For those unfamiliar with it, it is a writing competition put on every year that challenges writers to pen a story in a small window of time on an assigned subject. I did this contest a few years back and it was a lot of fun.

Although there have been some grumblings recently about feedback or lack thereof from the 2012 contest, I think there is still a lot of value to the experience. The value of the competition comes in forcing you to write something in a genre you might otherwise avoid. I don’t think people really understand how helpful that can be for a writer. Not only does it push you to write something new, but it may also open you up to a completely new genre. And if the feedback from the judges is a little sparse or underwhelming, I know they have a writers forum you can submit your work to for additional feedback. I’m not 100% I’m going to do the contest this year, but if you’re looking for something to jar you out of a writing lull, this might be the ticket. So, check out the details at the NYC Midnight site.

Monday's Writing Links: Tuesday Edition

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday weekend filled with good food, controlled explosions and excesses that only our country knows how to indulge in. Today’s Monday Writing Links: Tuesday Edition (sure, I could have just renamed it Tuesday’s Writing Links, but where’s the fun in that? Also, this makes it sound more important) seeks to put you and your manuscript back on the right track with some helpful links. This was a quiet weekend in terms of announcements, but I’m sure news will start to trickle in as we get back into the swing of things. Anyone have any announcements with their books/projects?

– Are Your Readers In Your Writing? (writerunboxed)

– J.K. Rowling Parts Ways With Long Time Agent (bbc)

– 15 Biggest Writing Blunders (writeanything)

– Tor Interview Simon Pegg (tor)

– Orson Scott Card And Red 5 Team Up To Pen Firefall (prweb)

– AV Club Reviews Singer/Songwriter Josh Ritter’s Bright Passage (av club)

– How To Improve Search Engine Results For Your Site (guidetoliteraryagents)

– Five Reasons Your Critique Partner May Be Toxic (writerunboxed)