A note from the Editor

Seeking to have your story published? Submit your #memoir to Two Drops of Ink.

Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog

Good morning Two Drops followers, readers, and contributors. I wanted to drop a quick note to thank you all for the massive response we received to the “Memoir Challenge,” which, by-the-way, is still not complete. I still have a couple of submissions to edit and publish. It appears that memoir is one of the favorite genres here on the blog. This comes as no surprise to those of us that love this genre; it’s still a hot genre in the publishing world. I would encourage those of you that are writing memoirs to go back and look at some of our Literary Agent updates where you will find a list of agents looking for memoir queries.

I want to take a moment to thank all of our loyal readers, followers, and contributors. We have created a unique “animal” here at Two Drops of Ink. We have managed to create a…

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We Practice What We Preach: Scott Biddulph is Published Elsewhere

Get to know more about Two Drops of Ink editor. Read his post on Indie Plot Twist.

Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog

Note from the Assistant Editor, Marilyn L. Davis

We know the power of guest posts at Two Drops of Ink and actively solicit them. Our motives are to give our readers a literary experience told from several perspectives, voices and styles. Second, it means that each writer doesn’t feel pressured to produce three posts a week by themselves.

And third, we have an opportunity to write for other publications.  

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Our editor, Scott Biddulph, won’t brag on himself. I, on the other hand, will.  He recently wrote What’s in a Noun: How I Went from a Wannabe to a Writerfor Indie Plot Twist. (It’s the third post down; don’t leave until you read it).

I know the story, but many of you don’t, so this gives you more background on Scott, but just as importantly, it may just give you the courage to write that book.

Or at least submit…

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Are Writers Destroying On-line Writing Sites?

What is the quality of your writing?

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By: Peter B. Giblett

One writer on the general interest site Wikinut has suggested that many on-line writers are “destroying writing sites“, as an on-line writer, moderator, and editor I am very concerned about the quality of language used as a growing number of people find ways to express their thoughts. Thus the on-line writing world is living a paradox, with conflict between the need for quality and the need to publish.

Encouraging New Writers

In truth I remember the need to write on-line for the first time and If I ever look back at those articles I know they do not demonstrate the same standard of writing as my current articles do. It is my belief that new writers should always be encouraged – it takes a leap of faith of gigantic proportions to start writing in a public forum, especially for the more conservative…

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The Etiquette of Editors

Writer and Editors… Read this blog post from Two Drops of Ink. Share your story on Two Drops of Ink blog and on the NEW Facebook page.

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Most published writers, in one medium or another, will have a “mean” editor story. If you’re a writer, and you don’t have an editor story then, believe me, you will have at some point. Why do I say this? Because of the sad fact that so many “editors” are unnecessarily rude to writers.

What do you call a good editor? Is it someone that will cosign your bad work? Is it someone that knows good grammar and syntax? Is it someone that breaths down your neck like a Marine Corps Sargent and screams at you when you make a typo? I can tell you that I’ve had all of the above, and more. None of these is a good editor. A good editor knows grammar, but also knows how to help a writer develop better flowing, more meaningful writing, and they do so with respect for the writer.

If you…

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Writing… What Will It Do for You?

“It’s hell writing and it’s hell not writing. The only tolerable state is having just written.”
Robert Hass

My literary muse arises most when I’m passionate about a subject or an event. The ability to provide information, to entertain, or share some great epiphany I may have had. All of which motivates me to get out of bed in the morning, enjoy each day whether good or bad. Life and all of its occurrences gives me something to write about later.

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A day ago I was on “Two Drops of Ink” blog, reading and commenting on articles. I read a post by writer and editor Peter B. Giblett, entitled “Do You Ever Promote Your Older Articles”.  In his piece he writes about the benefits of promoting your older articles. I was thoroughly educated by it and I encourage you to read it for yourself.

Persuaded to revisit past work online, in notebooks, stored on thumb drives and disks. As I reviewed these pieces, I found myself on a trip down memory lane. I noticed how my writing changed over the years and during different stages of my life. Being the hoarder that I am of notebooks, journals and various storage devices, I was surprised that I was only able to go back ten years. Although, those ten years seemed like an eternity.

As I embarked on the journey down memory lane, I felt as if I was intruding on the private thoughts and life of a stranger. Observing the knowledge, wisdom, love, sentiment as well as the trials of this seemingly unknown woman. With every written reflection, article or blog post, I noticed her evolution and growth. I do admit, I have a long road ahead to get to who I truly want to be. It’s amazing how writing can foster change, not only in the style of writing, but in life as well. After turning 39 a few weeks ago, I’m anxious to see where my writing will take me this year.

Writing itself is a process and like other skills and routines the longer we do it the better we become. We get better at the art, but we also work out the things that haunt us as well. A tool to inspire thought, writing brings about ideas, emotions to life and educate our peers. Allowing us to come to a resolution as if it was some sort of complex equation.

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My ability to write developed from my love of books. I longed to be as eloquent and creative as the authors I read. There are many reasons to write and ways to develop your writing. To build or advertise a business, reflecting on life, spiritual growth and nurture relationships.

As I looked through all of my past work, it became clear that subconsciously a part of me was writing for life. Life Writing is the recording of selves, memories and experiences, whether one’s own or another’s. Applying to many genres and practices under which can be found autobiography, biography, memoir, diary, letters, testimonies, personal essays and more recently, digital forms such as blogs and email. My past worked contained most of these!

Most people don’t write as much as a grocery list. They aimlessly wander down grocers’ aisles hoping to remember what they needed. Jotting a thank you letter is not a life changing experience nor will it win you a Pulitzer Prize. Adding writing to your lifestyle can be helpful in many ways. I challenge you to read the article by Peter Giblett and with an open mind look over your past works to take inventory to see how writing has helped you. If you are not a writer…. Write something today, even if it’s just a simple thought. Most great things began as a simple thought!

 

Do You Ever Promote Your Older Articles by Peter Giblett

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Wikipedia: Life Writing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_writing

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KEN WHEATON

Novelist. Editor. Journalist. Business Writer.

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