E.C. Sheedy

THE VELVET ROPE BEGINNING

First up. HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE! I hope all the readers of the Pen Warriors’ books and blog have a safe, healthy, and very festive season. To help that along, here’s some Yule advice: Drink what you enjoy, eat what you like, and hug who you love.   But before we drown ourselves in eggnog, it’s time to talk book openings… Read more →

THE IMPACT OF OPENING PAGES

THE IMPACT OF OPENING PAGES

There hasn’t been a Pen Warrior here in a while. No excuses. We just decided to ease up on the blogging. But we’re back, and we’re back with a mission. During our last retreat we talked about what most authors who are actively self-publishing talk about, how to get our work discovered. Translation: How to find readers. Because—and here’s the… Read more →

Another Red Door, and plans to take a break

Another Red Door, and plans to take a break

  Last weekend the Pen Warriors met at the Red Door for our weekend quarterly retreat. Amazingly, this is our 44th Red Door retreat! Amazing that we’ve had the special treasure of two days of discussing all things every 3 months for over eleven years! After an evening meal of Laura’s amazing beef bourguignon we planned the weekend, caught up on our… Read more →

Top Eleven Places To Get Ideas.

Top Eleven Places To Get Ideas.

I don’t think there’s a writer—anywhere—who hasn’t been asked where they get their ideas. The five of us here on the Pen Warrior blog are not exceptions. The funny thing is, until recently, we’d never asked each other this question. So during our last writers’ retreat we did ask and came up with our own top eleven places we find… Read more →

Best writing gifts ever - hold the $$$ and dish those stories!

Best writing gifts ever – hold the $$$ and dish those stories!

In this last post before Christmas, 2012, the PenWarriors would like to reflect on the some of the best writing gifts we’ve ever received. Gail Whitiker: Believe it or not, my first laptop. I’d been doing all of my writing on a desktop computer but when my parents moved to the West Coast, I started flying out a few times… Read more →

Writers in search of a plan...

Writers in search of a plan…

The Pen Warriors have been getting together every three months for a two day retreat at the Red Door for over ten years now. These retreats are important to us; we eat (rather well because of our resident foodie, Laura Tobias), we brainstorm plots, dream up book titles, work on craft issues, critique, discuss the various genres, and test out… Read more →