Sunday, January 18, 2009


I'm glad I'm not the only one thinking about the writing year ahead, and I really enjoyed all the comments for the Building and Growing giveaway. We put the magic hat into action, and the winners are:

DiDi, whose plans are "to write a collection of short shorts inspired by different people and objects in my life."

(I think this a great idea, as I've found so much renewal and inspiration in writing short pieces and stories.)

Darlene Ryan, who is "...sticking with the process that I've found works for me, but I have made a commitment to clear everything out of my workspace that doesn't belong there..."

(Uncluttering is really important -- plus it reinforces to your family that your workspace really is the place where you work, not free storage space for them.)

Natalie Hatch, who is determined to "...learn where to put commas.
That's it. That's my goal for this year - learn where the comma actually goes and keep up to date with the industries idea of where that comma goes because they keep changing their minds all the time."

(A deceptively simple-sounding goal. One time I decided I would not rest until someone defined clearly to me what copy-editors wanted capitalized and what they didn't -- and it took me about eight months before I finally got a consensus.)

Winners, please send your full name and ship-to address to, and I'll get these books out to you. Thanks to everyone for joining in.


  1. Congrats to the winners!

  2. I just came across an article by Cory Doctorow
    Writing in the Age of Distraction with a number of writing tips I thought quite good, and I thought readers of your blog might find them helpful too.