Thursday, December 6, 2012

Wisdom Of The Writerly Kind...

I know I said I would start my second year of blogging with only posts on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays but today is special!  Not only is it officially my one year anniversary blogging, but I also wanted to include my NEWS FLASH update about my new writer's series, WRITELY WISDOM, coming in 2013.

If you don't already know what this series is about, then here's the buzz...

Beginning on January 2, 2013 and every Wednesday after that,  guest bloggers will be posting just about everything a would-be writer would want to know about the writing and publishing industry.  Now, I don't claim to be able to provide ALL the answers, but my hope is that the WRITERLY WISDOM series will become a resource for anyone wondering just how to get started with a writing career or even some tips authors and established writers might have overlooked. From a reader's viewpoint (and being a HUGE one myself) I think it would also be nice see the author's writing process and just how long it takes on that road to publication from a beginning idea to a book sitting on a shelf!

Here is the most current list of monthly themes and weekly topics covered in my upcoming series.  I want to thank all the fabulous authors and writers who have already committed to providing the best advice this writing community has to offer!  

There are still a few topics and dates available (look for OPEN next to the date) so if you are an author or established writer (seriously writing for at least two years or more) and would like to join the WRITERLY WISDOM family, please drop a comment here or send me a request to donasdays (at) g mail (dot) com and I will do my best to add you to the list.

All this wonderful information will eventually find a permanent home on my website,, with links to not only these blog posts, but the guest blogger's websites/blogs as well for a quick reference.   I would also be most grateful to anyone out there who can help me get the word out about this new series...invite any of your author/writer friends to look at the list to see if they would like to guest blog as well.  

Now I can't wait for the fun to begin!!


January…First Steps To Becoming A Writer
            2…Susanna Leonard Hill…WHY be a writer?
            9…Tara Lazar …What TYPE of writer will you be?
            16… Lori Grusin Degman…What Type Of Genre Will You Write?
            23…Steve DeWinter…Pantsing vs Plotting
            30…Darlene Foster …Never Too Late To Become A Writer

February…Author Platform
            6…Stirling Morris…Social Media Choices
            13…Hazel Mitchell…Online Presence for Illustrators
            20…Beth Stilborn…To Blog Or Not To Blog
            27…Donna M McDine…Social Networking, Enough Already…When It Hinders Your Writing

March…Generating Ideas
            6…Richa Jha…From The Pitcher Plant To The Cauldron
            13…Linda Lodding…TBA
            20…Wendy Whittingham…TBA
            27…Alison Kipnis Hertz…Weathering The Brainstorm

April…Types of Fiction
            3…Diane Hower…Picture Books
            10…Kristi Holl…Middle Grade
            17…Craig Lew…Young Adult
            24…(OPEN)…Non Fiction

May…Handling Non Fiction
            1…(OPEN)…Generating Ideas
            8…(OPEN)…Proper Research
            15…(OPEN)…Types Of Non Fiction
            22…Tina Cho…Creating A Proposal

June…Writing In The Real World
            5…Allan Woodrow…Writing In The Real World
            12…Carol Munro…Dealing With Deadlines
            19…Kristi Holl…Writer’s Block
            26…(OPEN)…Revisions: Killing Your Darlings

July…Writer’s Tool Box
            3…(OPEN)…Office Necessities
            10…(OPEN)…Writer’s Websites
            17…(OPEN)…Reference Books
            24…Jim Averbeck…Critique Groups: How To Run A Successful One
            25…Janee Trasler…Critique Groups:  How To Custom Tailor One
            31…(OPEN)…Professional Groups

August…Picture Books
            7…(OPEN)…Age Groups And Formats
            14…Russ Cox…Generating Ideas: Thinking Like A Child
            21…(OPEN)…Prose vs Rhyme
            28…Corey R Schwartz…Meter And Rhythm

            4…Sarah Frances Hardy…Creating Believable Ones
            11…Monica Kulling…Dialogue
            18…Miranda Paul…Multiculturalism
            25…Judy Cox…Anthropomorphic Characters

            2…Nicole Zoltack…Creating Tension
            9…(OPEN)…Showing vs Telling
            16…(OPEN)…How To Show Action
            23…(OPEN)…Beginning, Middle, And End
            30…Darcy Pattison…Creating A Series

November…The Road To Publication
            6…Margaret Greanias…Agent vs Publisher
            13…(OPEN)…What An Editor Does And Does Not Do
            20…(OPEN)…How To Find An Agent
            27…(OPEN)…Creating A Query Letter

            4…(OPEN)…Blog Tours
            11…(OPEN)…Book Signings
            18…Marcie Colleen…School Visits
            25…(OPEN)…Online Presence: Amazon, Goodreads, Etc.


  1. GET OUT! Looky all those people! Good for you (us), Donna.

    1. Hi Janet! Yes, I am quite pleased and honored to have so many wonderful "experts" providing WRITELY WISDOM for all of us! I can't wait until January!

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

  2. Looks like a super fun group of people and topics! This will be fun.

    1. Hi Genevieve! That's what I'm hoping for anyway...;~)

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

  3. Awesome, Donna! Glad to see you published this blog - I posted a link to it on my personal FB page and on my Fan Page. I'm still thinking about what I want to provide for this HUGE blog event...I hope I don't think too long, or you'll be all full up! :) Fabulous idea!

    1. Hi Karen and welcome to my blog! You are so sweet to give a shout-out for this new series. I can't wait to see which topic you decide to tackle...I know we will all be in for a treat!

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

  4. Wow Donna! You have been a busy girl! I know 2013 will be a great year for your blog. Looking forward to hearing from everyone and learning a whole lot! Great job!

    1. Hi Cheryl! Yes, despite a wild and wooly year I managed to come up with an idea I think...I hope...will be of great help to other writers for years to come!

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

  5. WOW. That's a lot of people. Wow. Good luck! I can't wait! :D

    1. Yes, Erik...I've been talking to A LOT of people and juggling A LOT of emails as I try to fit everyone into the slots they are asking for...;~)

      If I do my job well enough, we will all have a lot of lovely posts throughout the new year to help us become better writers and I'm all for that!

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time

  6. Wow, Donna! What line up! I can't believe how many spaces you've already filled, and so many great topics! Looking forward to it! :)

    1. Hi Susanna! You know how sometimes a small idea comes along...or at least you THINK it's a small idea...and then it almost takes on a life of its own? I don't know what possessed me to think of this one but my hope and prayer is that WRITERLY WISDOM will become an easy way for new writers to have a better understanding of what they are getting themselves into, should they decide to pursue this type of career. For us, it's already too late to step away from's like breathing to us...;~)

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

  7. Oh my goodness, Donna...this is FANTASTIC! What an awesome idea...and you've already got the entire year filled! I see there is an opening in August for 'Picture Books...age groups and formats'...if you feel I'd be a good match for that, I'd love to fill that spot and do a guest post for WRITERLY WISDOM. :)

    1. Hi Vivian! Sorry I haven't replied to your request yet...I was testing my students tonight and I have my own Recertification testing tomorrow so I will get back to you either tomorrow night or Sunday. I don't think I have anyone lined up for that dat...I will confirm and let you know...but would love for you to join the fun!

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

  8. Wow! that is some list. Impressive! 2013 is going to be very interesting indeed!

    1. You know me, Diane...always trying to entertain and inform...;~)

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

  9. Hi Donna .. well done on a year .. and boy are you organised for 2013 .. better get me off my butt and get sorting 'stuff' out .. Enjoy 2013 - looks as though you will .. cheers Hilary

    1. Hi Hilary! Thanks for your kind words...I try...;~)

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

  10. Donna, I learned about this from Karen S. Elliott - great project!

    If it's still available, I'd love to do your last piece of the year on "Online Presence." I do small business consulting to help solopreneurs learn to increase their visibility online, and write book reviews regularly for GoodReads, Amazon, and Shelfari. I'll be monitoring author online visibility tips this year to make the piece valuable and current.

    More about me at

    1. Hi Elizabeth and welcome to my blog! I am sending your a private message through Facebook. I would LOVE for your to be a part of my WRITERLY WISDOM series.

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!