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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Invest in Yourself (Dan Blank)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/05/27/invest-in-yourself-2/

Behaving Badly in Publishing (Heather Webb)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/05/26/behaving-badly-in-publishing/

Creating Promotional Material That Works: Swag (Marcy Kennedy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/05/creating-promotional-material-that.html

The Grant of Rights Clause (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/05/25/business-musings-the-grant-of-rights-clause-contractsdealbreakers/

How to Promote Your Book With One Easy Photoshop Technique (Alicia Rades)
www.thewritelife.com/how-to-promote-your-book-photoshop/

Keeping Your Characters Compelling Beyond the First Draft (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/05/keeping-your-characters-compelling.html

Seven Ways To Make Your Writing Interesting (Gwendolyn Huber)
https://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/seven-ways-to-make-your-writing-interesting/

Is Your Story Stuck? 5 Questions You Need to Ask (Laurence MacNaughton)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/05/is-your-story-stuck-5-questions-you.html

Getting Beyond the First Draft (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/05/getting-beyond-first-draft.html

Story and the Power of Connection (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/05/story-and-the-power-of-connection.html



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.


If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Long-Term Thinking: The Non-Compete Clause (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/05/18/business-musings-long-term-thinking-the-non-compete-clause-contractsdealbreakers/

Six Habits of Prolific Writers (and How to Make Them Yours) (Riki Cleveland)
https://litreactor.com/columns/six-habits-of-prolific-writers-and-how-to-make-them-yours

Pitching at a Conference (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/pitching-at-a-conference/

Crotch-Punching The Creative Yeti (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/05/17/crotch-punching-the-creative-yeti-exploding-more-writing-myths/

[Quiz: How to Get an Agent] How Did You Do? (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/how-did-you-do-2/

Building an Author Website on WordPress (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/using-wordpress-author-websites/

Focus on YA (Marie Lamba)
https://marielamba.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/agent-monday-focus-on-ya/

Starting an Email Newsletter (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/getting-started-email-list/

The Story Coach Who Came In From the Cold (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/05/the-story-coach-who-came-in-from-the-cold.html

It’s Time to Ditch Discoverability (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/05/its-time-to-ditch-discoverability.html

Don’t Hate the Query Letter: Master It (Annie Neugebauer)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/05/14/dont-hate-the-query-letter-master-it/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Royalty Clauses in Publishing Deals (Susan Spann)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/05/royalty-clauses-in-publishing-deals-how-how-much-authors-get-paid/

How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome as a Writer (Margaret Dilloway)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/05/13/how-to-overcome-imposter-syndrome-as-a-writer/

How Important Is Talent to You as a Writer? (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/important-talent-writer/

Don’t Accidentally Give Your Characters a Time Out (Lisa Cron)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/05/12/dont-accidentally-give-your-characters-a-time-out/

The Option Clause (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/05/11/business-musings-long-term-thinking-the-option-clause-contractsdealbreakers/

How to Avoid Self-Publishing Regrets (Alicia Rades)
www.thewritelife.com/avoid-self-publishing-regrets/

Building Your Professional Author Website (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/wordpress-vs-squarespace/

Lean in to Your Fears (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/lean-in-to-your-fears/

Writing When It’s Not Like a Movie (Jo Eberhardt)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/05/07/writing-when-its-not-like-a-movie/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.


If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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fawg_icon_for_blog    NJ Writing groups - compressed

I'm always looking to add some more New Jersey writing groups.

Scroll down for a list of the New Jersey Writing groups I currently have on file, with links to websites where available.

GROUPS WITH MEETINGS IN TWO OR MORE COUNTIES
WOMEN WHO WRITE (open to ladies only)
Various groups (see their groups link for full details)

THE NEW JERSEY SOCIETY OF CHRISTIAN WRITERS
Various Groups in Burlington, Camden and Salem Counties (see website for details)
Contact: Dr. MaryAnn Diorio: drmaryann@njscw.org

THE SCIENCE FICTION SOCIETY OF NORTHERN NEW JERSEY
Various meetings (see Meetup page for more details)

WRITING GROUPS BY COUNTY

BERGEN COUNTY
Bergen County Poets and Fictionaires
Where? See Meetup page
When? See Meetup page
Contact: See Meetup page

Mahwah Writer's Collective
Where? 100 Ridge Road Mahwah, NJ 07430
When? Tuesdays: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Contact: Mahwah Library (201) 529 2183

Science Fiction Association of Bergen County
Where? Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church,316 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
When? 2nd Saturday of the month (see www.sfabc.org for more info)
Contact: sfabcinfo@gmail.com

BURLINGTON COUNTY
Juliette Writer's Group
Where? Barnes & Noble, Eastgate Square, 1311 Nixon Drive, Moorestown, NJ 08057
When? Every third Thursday, 7:30pm
Contact: Run by Dawn Byrne. Call store for details: (856) 608 1622

CAMDEN COUNTY
Garden State Writers
Where? South County Regional Branch Library, 35 Cooper Folly Road, Atco, NJ 08004
When? 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7pm-9pm
Contact: See website

South Jersey Writer's Group
When?
See Meetup page
Where?
See Meetup page
Contact: See Meetup page

Writing Group
Where?
Barnes & Noble, Towne Place, 911 Haddonfield Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
When? Every second Tuesday, 7:30pm
Contact: Run by Susan Pitcher. Call store for details: (856) 486 1492

ESSEX COUNTY
Montclair Editors and Writers
Where? See Meetup page
When? See Meetup page
Contact: See Meetup page

HUNTERDON COUNTY

MERCER COUNTY
Princeton Writing Group
Where? Various Meet-ups (see the group's webpage for details)
Contact: See website

MIDDLESEX COUNTY
New Jersey Romance Writers
Where? Mercer County Public Library, Hopewell Branch, 245 Pennington-Titusville Road, Pennington, NJ 08534
When? 4th Tuesday of each month, 6 - 8:30pm
Contact: See website

The Garden State Speculative FictionWriters (GSSW)
Where? Old Bridge Public Library,1 Old Bridge Plaza, Municipal Center,Old Bridge, NJ 08857
When? First Saturday of each month - see website for details
Contact: See website

Liberty States Fiction Writers
Where? Edison Library, 340 Plainfield Avenue, Edison, New Jersey 08817
When? 2nd Saturday of the month 10-10:30am (business) 10:45-11:45am (workshop) Noon-1:15 (roundtable sessions)
Contact: See website

The Princeton Writing Group
Where? See Meetup page
When? See Meetup page
Contact: See Meetup page

The Woodbridge Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers
Where? See Meetup page
When? See Meetup page
Contact: See Meetup page


MONMOUTH COUNTY
Writing Group
Where?
ASBURY PARK Public Library, Children's Room500 First Ave - Asbury Park, NJ
When? 3rd WEDNESDAY of Each Month (5.30-7.30pm)
Contact: Neville - njansii_nj@yahoo.com

Writing Group
Where?
Barnes & Noble, Lanes Mill Marketplace, 4831 US Hwy 9, Howell, NJ 07731
When? Contact store for info (see below)
Contact store for more info: (732) 730-2838

BelmarArts Creative Writing Group
Where? The Boatworks, 608 River Road, Belmar, NJ 07719
When? 4th Thursday, 7pm - 9pm
Contact: See website

Monmouth Creative Writing Group
Where? Monmouth County Library (HQ), 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ 07726
When? 3rd Thursday of the month (7pm)
Contact: ?

Monmouth Writers
Where? Howell Library, Howell Library, 318 Old Tavern Road, Howell, NJ 07731
When? 2nd Saturday of each month
Contact: Rick Kelsten See website

Writing Group
Where?
NEPTUNE Public Library, Meeting Rm #225 Neptune Blvd - Neptune, NJ
When? 2nd Saturday of each month (1pm - 3pm) (NB: Please check library's calendar before turning up.)
Contact: - (732) 775-8241

The Noble Writers
Where? Middletown Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown, NJ 07748
When? Wednesdays ((10am - 11:30am) (NB: Please check library's calendar before turning up.)
Contact: TBA

Writing Critique group
Where? Middletown Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown, NJ 07748
When? Wednesdays (7pm) (NB: Please check library's calendar before turning up.)
Contact: TBA

OCEAN COUNTY
Manchester (NJ) Writers' Circle
Where? Manchester Library, 21Colonial Drive, Manchester, NJ 08759
When? 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month (2pm-4pm)
Contact: See website

Berkeley Adult Writers' group
Where? OCL (Berkeley Branch), 30 Station Road, Bayville, NJ 08721
When? Last Monday of the month - 6:30pm start
Contact: (Library) 732 269 2144

The Jackson Writers' Group
Where? Jackson branch of the Ocean County Library, 2 Jackson Drive Jackson, NJ 08527
When? See website
Contact: See website

SOMERSET COUNTY
New Jersey Writers' Critique Group
Where? Barnes & Noble (Somerset Shopping Center, 319 Route 202/206, Bridgewater, NJ 08807)
When? First Wednesday of the month, 7pm - check B&N website for latest info
Contact: (B&N) 908 526-7425

New Jersey Writers' Society
Where? Franklin Township Library (Historical Room), 485 Dermott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873
When? Third Thursday of the month, 7pm - 9pm
Contact: (Library) 732 873 8700

UNION COUNTY
New Providence Writers
Where? Waterlilies Restaurant, 33 Union Place, Summit, NJ (parking free on Sundays)
When? 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, 2pm.
Contact: Join and RSVP for meetings through Meetup group


Want me to add your group?
If you know of any statewide or local writing groups in New Jersey which aren't listed above, please let me have contact details and/or a website link, if possible. Also, if your group is listed, but I've got the information wrong, please let me know.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last weekabout writing from the last week:

Plumb the Emotional Depth of Your Setting (Kathryn Craft)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/05/06/plumb-the-emotional-depth-of-your-setting/

How to Improve Written Dialogue in 6 Steps (Maria Vicente)
www.mariavicente.com/post/143837003672/how-to-improve-written-dialogue-in-6-steps

7 Quick Journaling Exercises That Will Improve Your Fiction Writing (Danielle Lincoln Hanna)
www.thewritelife.com/journaling-exercises-improve-fiction-writing/

Tips on Query Letters (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/tips-on-query-letters/

The 5 Most Common Mistakes I See in Beginners’ Manuscripts (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/5-common-mistakes-see-beginners-manuscripts/

Vulnerability (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2016/05/02/vulnerability/

Staying Focused Enough to Write (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/05/getting-your-novel-to-finish-line.html

Concept vs. Premise (Larry Brooks) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/05/concept-vs-premise-the-inherent-opportunity-in-understanding-the-difference.html

The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes (& How to Fix Them) (James Scott Bell)
www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/the-5-biggest-fiction-writing-mistakes-how-to-fix-them

If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last weekabout writing from the last week:

Writing Suspenseful Fiction: Reveal Answers Slowly (Jane K. Cleland)
https://janefriedman.com/suspense-slow-reveal/

Best Use of Story Flashbacks (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/care-treatment-flashbacks/

Getting Your Novel to the Finish Line (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/04/getting-your-novel-to-finish-line-part.html

9 Ways to Rock Your Query Letter (Maria Vicente)
www.mariavicente.com/post/143475957432/9-ways-to-rock-your-query-letter

Give your manuscript a running start (Joe Moore)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/give-your-manuscript-a-running-start.html

5 Ways to Smash Through and Finally Start Writing (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/5-ways-smash-finally-start-writing/

What I’d Like To Say To Young Writers, Part Two (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/04/26/what-id-like-to-say-to-young-writers-part-two/

How to Weave a Message Without Pummeling Your Readers (James Scott Bell)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/04/26/how-to-weave-a-message-without-pummeling-your-readers/

An Ambivert Walks Into A Writing Conference... (Carla Lopez Lee)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2016/04/an-ambivert-walks-into-writing.html

Life isn’t Fair—A Classic Problem (Kathryn Craft)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/04/life-isnt-fair-a-classic-problem/

The Five Modes of A Writer’s Life (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/the-five-modes-of-a-writers-life.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last weekabout writing from the last week:

Small Press Storm Warnings (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2016/04/small-press-storm-warnings-pegasus_22.html

Five Comparisons NOT to Make for Your Book (Chuck Sambuchino)
www.writersinthestormblog.com/2016/04/five-comparisons-not-to-make-for-your-book/

Creating Promotional Copy That Works (Marcy Kennedy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/04/creating-promotional-copy-that-works.html

Know Your Rights (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/04/20/business-musings-know-your-rights-contractsdealbreakers/

What Makes a Great Villain? (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/makes-great-villain-checklist-writing-good-bad-guy/

It's a High Stakes Game (Michael McDonagh)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2016/04/its-high-stakes-game.html

Are You Being Taken Advantage of as a Writer? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/04/are-you-being-taken-advantage-of-as.html

The Little Dialogue Ditty That Always Makes You Look Bad (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/the-little-dialogue-ditty-that-always-makes-you-look-bad.html

Why an Agent’s List is Never Full (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/why-an-agents-list-is-never-full/

Writing Lessons From The Masters (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/writing-lessons-from-the-masters.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last weekabout writing from the last week:

Safety Tips for Writers (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/26880/

16 of Our Favorite Kindle-Publishing Resources for First-Time Authors (Marisol Dahl)
www.thewritelife.com/favorite-kindle-publishing-resources/

What “Let It Go” Really Means (Lisa Cron)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/04/14/what-let-it-go-really-means/

Necessary Adjustments with A Forward View (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/necessary-adjustments-with-a-forward-view/

How your personality type wreaks havoc with your writing (Kelly Simmons)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/04/how-your-personality-type-wreaks-havoc-with-your-writing-and-10-things-you-can-do-about-it/

Coloring Inside the Lines (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/coloring-inside-the-lines/

Answering Questions about Queries (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/answering-questions-queries/

But What’s the Story? (Marie Lamba)
https://marielamba.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/agent-monday-but-whats-the-story/

You Can Fool Some of the People . . . (Tracy Barrett)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2016/04/you-can-fool-some-of-people.html


Submissions & Queries (L. Diane Wolfe)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/4203/4203/

The Urge to Avoid Risk (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/urge-avoid-risk/

All You Need To Know About Character Transformation (James Scott Bell) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/all-you-need-to-know-about-character-transformation.html

Writing an Email Query That Actually Gets Read, All the Way Through. (Jeanne Kisacky)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/04/09/basic-tips-for-writing-an-email-query-that-actually-gets-read-all-the-way-through/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last weekabout writing from the last week:


2016 Publishing Trends (Jordan Dane)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/2016-publishing-trends.html

Contract Basics (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/04/06/business-musings-contract-basics/

What a Haiku is (Kelly R. Fineman)
http://kellyrfineman.livejournal.com/875143.html

When It’s Time to Stop Querying Your Manuscript (Maria Vicente)
www.mariavicente.com/post/142344213586/when-its-time-to-stop-querying-your-manuscript

Relevant (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/04/06/relevant/

Simultaneous Submissions (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/simultaneous-submissions/

This Simple Story Structure Changed My Life (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/simple-story-structure-changed-life/

Basic Errors (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2016/04/04/basic-errors/

5 Reasons You Need a Writing Mentor — And How to Find One (Leigh Shulman)
www.thewritelife.com/5-reasons-you-need-a-writing-mentor/

Good Writers are Consummate Liars (Gregory Frost)
https://marielamba.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/agent-monday-writers-should-learn-from-liars/

Part 2: 10 Myths That Sabotage Unsuspecting Novelists (Larry Brooks) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/part-2-10-myths-that-sabotage-unsuspecting-novelists.html

Finish Your Doggone Story! (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/finish-your-doggone-story.html



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Where is Jon - compressed


I'm looking forward to this weekend's Write Stuff Conference. It'll be my seventh time there (and second as a presenter).
In addition to Friday night's Page Cuts session, I'm giving three talks on Saturday: The 3 Cs of Conflict; Writing for YA/Tweens, and a dialogue presentation, Say it again, Sam (using dialogue to maximum effect).

I'm also attending NJ SCBWI's summer conference.


2016, April 8th - 9th  
Write_Stuff_2016_logo_with dates below whiteThe Write Stuff Conference, Best Western, 300 Gateway Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18017

2016, June 4th - 5th
NJ SCBWI Summer Conference
(attending)
Crowne Plaza/Holiday Inn Express, 900 Scudders Mill Rd, Plainsboro Township, New Jersey 08536



How about you?

What have you got lined up in the coming weeks and months?


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