A Novel Approach

Hi.  I'm Jack London.  MWSA asked me to contribute a weekly note about writing, a column I call A Novel Approach.


It isn't just for novelists.  A Novel Approach is for all writers and is designed to help us jump start or get past  some of the nagging problems that cause us to put elbows on table, chin in hands, and gaze out the window.   We cover such things as writing in the active voice, analyzing sentence and paragraph structure, story arc, and the like.

Dispelling Stereotypes as a Military Writer

by Ann DeWitt


Have you ever travelled out of your local region and stayed with family or friends who have a different dialect than you?  Have you noticed that after a while, you begin to pick up a few new fun phrases or words?  Then, when you return home, someone says, "You sound funny."  This has been my experience and, based on media reports, the experience of United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well.

Don't forget to submit for MWSA 2012 Anthology

All members have the right to submit an article, short story, essay, photo, illustration, or poem for the 2012 Anthology. The book is published at Conference time in September each year. Conference goers receive one in their conference bag so that they can use it as a yearbook, getting the signatures of their fellow MWSA members for a special keepsake. Other MWSA members can purchase one through Amazon. Send your submissions to MWSA VP Mike Mullins through the contact note on his profile in the Membership Roster.

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