Thursday Thirteen again

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about writing

1. Learn to write dialogue by conducting interviews and recording them. I did that for years when I wrote articles. I don't know if that helped, but it sure didn't hurt.

2. Finish the damned thing. No, stop talking or fretting about it. Just write.

3. Being published means you learn the preferences and pets' names of every New York editor.

4. And the secret handshake.

5. Turn off the internet when you're working.

6. Read PBW on Mondays. That's when she posts her lists that are often extremely useful for writers. Sometimes it's advice, sometimes it's fun ways to avoid work. I'd post some of the writing links here but there's no point. She's got it covered.

7. Miss Snark is funny and astute and on target but she's just one person, or two, maybe. No one has all the answers--except me. I do, so just ask.

8. I love writing fluff and romance. That's why this is pink. Don't ask me when I'm going to write a real book because what I write is as close to reality as I'll get. I won't get defensive though. I write romance but I read everything.

9. Hey, really. BICHOK (butt in chair hands on keyboard)

10. I wish I knew if contests helped get you published. Does anyone keep track of that sort of thing? Do not bother to enter one if you don't like the final judges (duh. if you have an agent, don't bother to enter the one that has an agent as a final reader. Unless you can win a lot of money.)

11. Speaking of writing for money, here's an erotica contest that'll get you a few hundred bucks!Entries due by March 1st-- $500 Prize! Information below. ** I don't know anything about it (#7 contains a lie), I just got a forwarded email. If you still have questions, there's a link to ask them. Warning, nekkid man lounging on that link.

12. If you have to have music, sound tracks from movies are kind of fun. Atmosphere without words cluttering up the air. I listen to House of Flying Daggers just now. I'm supposed to be working, but I have only one more to go

13. My work method: I yell this at myself -- "Get off the internet. Stop reading other people's words. Write your own. Ten pages now." NOW, dammit.

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** Here's the rest of the email from entry number 11:

Oysters & Chocolate is hosting its first short story competition of 2006. All we're asking is for you to warm us up so we can make it through this cold, Colorado winter! That's why we want you to submit the hottest erotica that you can imagine. We're looking for a story that will make us sweat. We want a story that's so hot and sexy that when we read it, we just can't wait to take our clothes off!

The hottest story earns a $500 cash prize and will be featured on our homepage.
There is a $10 reading fee to enter. We will be accepting contest reading fees by check or money order, and Paypal. The reading fees must be postmarked by March 1st in order for your submission to be considered.

You may enter multiple stories at once into the contest, but please send $10 per each submission.
Payment methods:
Please make check or money order payable to JordanSade LLC, and mail it to:

JordanSade LLC1630A 30th StreetBoulder, CO 80301

To submit via Paypal, please send a $10 payment/story to In the email subject, type "story contest" and in category of purchase, choose "services." Yes we are Paypal Verified

Submission requirements:
1. We highly suggest that you submit your short story electronically by emailing your story to: Attach your story to the email, and paste it in the body of the email. Please type "Contest Submission" in the subject line. Please note that we will not read your submission until we receive your check or money order by mail, or payment via Paypal.
2. If for some reason you are unable to email your story, please send it in with your check by mail. Please include two copies, and send your submission typed, double spaced, with your name and the title of the story on each page.
Other Requirements:
1. Your story must be original and previously unpublished.
2. There is no official word limit for your short story entry. Suggested word count is 500-10,000 words, but we'll seriously consider any erotic story of any length, as long as it's h.o.t.!
Contest winner will be announced and published April 1st!


  1. This is a good list. I like it Kate. Re: the contest - I know a lot of people who swear by them, but I'm too damn cheap to pay 10 or 20 bucks to enter a contest when the prize is usually 10 or 20 bucks. But I see this one has a big prize, so maybe I'll try to write something good and pornographic and send it in.

    Rock n' roll, sugar. Stay beautiful.

  2. Nice link in #11.

    *naughty grin*

    I wonder if they'd consider two men in a hut during a snow storm hot. :)

  3. Interesting tips. In my opinion, the contests are to make money for the contest administrators. Just think if 15,000 hopefuls pay a $25 fee to enter!

    I heard Romance is getting much more explicit--got some lady authors blushing.

    My TT is up.

  4. Good advice! I especially like the idea of recording interviews to learn to write realistic dialog. I think much of the technique is what I always told me 7th grade students - put black on white. Write SOMETHING until you have something to say.

    My 13 are posted.

  5. Hi Kate! My list is up, but you knew that.

    It's 9:10 PM, and I am so not into writing a second post today. Unless I can find some sort of funny link, it ain't happening.

    Got your #2 book in the mail today from Barnes & Noble. Somebody Marriageable, somethin' like that ;)

  6. It's true folks - Kate knows - just ask her.

    LOL about the secret handshake (I thought you weren't supposed to say anything about that?)


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