Writers’ Bloc Blast NOVEMBER 2015
November 23rd’s meeting:
Remember to bring several (6- 10) double spaced copies of up to 5 pages for critique!
Snacks: Beverly and Holly are bringing snacks for the month of
Welcome to the group, Mary Lou Condike
Congratulations to Connie Lewis Leonard Author of the Month “Connie Leonard lives in Granbury with her husband of more than forty years. They have three rescue dogs, two married children, and two grandchildren. After teaching English/language arts in public school for twenty-three years, she retired to follow her dream of writing. She has written and published numerous devotions, short stories, and magazine articles. She has written and taught ladies’ Bible studies, and she speaks at ladies’ retreats and conferences. Her novel, Big C, little c, was published in 2014. Her interactive devotional Bible study, A Psalm a Day, was published in 2015. She is working on final edits of a Bible study Praying the Lord’s Prayer and a novel Somebody Somewhere in Texas, which she plans to publish in 2016.”
December 14th’s meeting:
Bring a single copy of something you have written (do NOT put your name on it.) and tie it with a ribbon. We will put them in a hat and draw them out and try to guess who wrote each of them.
Peggy Freeman: finally got all her revisions on Dip Street paperback and has been working on the Kindle final. She also been to the Acton Elementary Career Day, and is donating a few hours for a writing workshop. Correction from last month’s: Peggy sold 3 articles to Comanche Living and have a school visit in Austin in January and will be speaking to the children at Acton Career Day in November. CONGRATS!
Writing Opportunities for November
New York Times is seeking Modern Romance Essays! Must be a personal experience from the writer about a relationship experience they have had. This is a regular column and if your story is chosen, you will be paid $300, per story. For more info go to http://mobile.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/fashion/howtosubmit_modernlove.html
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude
101 Stories about How Being Thankful Can Change Your Life
This is a second call out for stories and poems for our important Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude book. And what appropriate timing! Thanksgiving is next week for our American writers, and our Canadian writers are still working off their own October Thanksgiving dinners. You’re probably more aware than ever of your own blessings and how gratitude has improved your life.
We all know intuitively that the power of gratitude can change our lives and it has even been proven scientifically. People who see the silver linings, count their blessings, and maintain perspective weather the ups and downs of life much better than those who bemoan their fates and focus on the negative.
Being thankful improves your health, your cognitive function and your relationships. And you can learn to be a thankful person — it doesn’t have to come naturally. At Chicken Soup for the Soul, we read stories all the time by people who have turned their lives around by actively practicing gratitude, by saying thanks, by filling in gratitude journals, and by stopping and thinking about their blessings, even on a bad day.
We’re looking for your stories and poems about how you used the power of gratitude to change your own life, how you count your blessings, and how you give thanks for the good things. You’ll help readers through your examples and your personal tips on how to use thankfulness.
Here are some suggested topics to get your creative juices flowing:
• Learning to smile
• Keeping a gratitude journal or doing some kind of daily gratitude exercise
• Finding happiness during adversity
• Counting your blessings
• Simplifying and finding joy in that
• Using your positive thinking to approach each day
• An epiphany that changed your perspective
• Teaching your loved ones to use gratitude
• Before and after gratitude stories
• Finding joy in friends and family
• Learning how to say thank you
• The joy of giving
Please remember, we no longer publish “as told to” stories. Write your story or poem in the first person. Do not ghostwrite a story for someone else unless you list that person as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the “Comments” section of the submission form.
Remember that all stories should be true — we do not publish fiction — and should be no longer than 1200 words. If you already submitted your story for this title you do not need to submit it again. It is in our database and will be considered for this title. If you have another story you’d like to submit, please do. If you submitted a story for one of our previous books and we did not publish it, please feel free to submit it to this book if it is a perfect fit for this title. That way we will be sure it is considered for this new edition. If your story was already published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it. We will not publish it again.
If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, which has a list price of $14.95. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.
SUBMISSIONS GO TO OUR WEBSITE. Select the Submit Your Story link at the bottom of the page and follow the directions.
The deadline date for story and poem submissions is December 15, 2015. The book will be published during the summer of 2016.
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Choose at least one of the following prompts to write about. It can be a fiction, non-fiction, essay, poem, script, or whatever you choose. Maybe even bring it to the December meeting, if you wish.
1. Prompt 1: Write about you or your character’s favorite holiday tradition?
2. Prompt 2: Write about a time you or a character were not thankful and an experience that made you/ your character thankful.
3. Prompt 3 (Personal Essay): What was the best Thanksgiving you ever had?
4. Prompt 4: The morning you got your favorite Christmas gift. It can also be taken and made into a fictional story.November 2015