Catherine Jones Payne

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  • Prompts!

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    Grab your pen–here are ten prompts in dialogue lines to get your creative juices flowing! 1. “Tomorrow, I’ll give my two weeks.” 2. “I just want a place to dance.” 3. “My name is not baby.” 4, “Do you hear the grackles?” 5. “A trip to Target is a spiritual experience.” 6. “Thanks for the […]

  • So you wanna be an editor?

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    Every couple of weeks, I get an email or Facebook message that reads something like this: I’m thinking about becoming an editor. Where should I start? What advice do you have for me? As it turns out, I have lots of advice and after a request to share that advice publicly, I’ve decided it’s time […]

  • So you wanna quit your day job?

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    Effective March 2nd, I will be cutting down from forty to twenty hours at my day job to give me time to pursue my passions: editing, writing, yoga, and green tea. (Mostly editing.) I’ve never been so excited. This transition has been in the works for a few months, and in November, a writer friend […]

  • Leveraging the future

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    Hello, I’m Andrew, posting the first of what I hope will be many notes on this blog. Don’t worry, I haven’t stolen Catherine’s computer and stuffed her in a bin somewhere – I’ve been here all along, albeit in (uncharacteristic) silence. As that suggests, I’m a fairly irregular writer. I opine that I don’t write […]

  • Attack the adverbs

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    When you write a first draft, you’re going to be focused on getting the plot on the page, bringing the characters to life, and, above all, finishing the manuscript. Often this means writing at light speed. Sometimes it means being a little sloppy. Don’t beat yourself up over this, and don’t feel paralyzed. The important […]

  • Conference opportunity!

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    The benefits of writing conferences are innumerable. They’re great for inspiration, networking with professionals, developing communities of writers, and brainstorming ideas–and that’s the short list. And there’s an upcoming opportunity that we want to share with you! Catherine, our managing editor, will be attending Re:Write 2015 in Austin the last weekend in February, which offers […]

  • When you don’t want to write

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    Today, I was tired. I finished up tax forms for Quill Pen–quite the frustration in and of itself–and went to work at my day job. When I got back, I had to face up to the fact that I hadn’t finished editing the short story that I’m getting published in Read Write Muse‘s upcoming anthology. […]

  • What’s next?

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    A few weeks ago, one of our clients wanted to know if we would ever consider offering agent services or partnering closely with an agent. We turned the idea over in our heads and tried to figure out a way we could form such a partnership without running afoul of ethical guidelines, but we concluded […]