Head-to-Head Book Club

I’ve never participated in a traditional book club. However, my wife has and this is what they seem to be from my third party perspective: Someone picks a book that inevitably some people don’t want to read Everyone reads the book before the meeting date. Some people will finish well before the deadline and move on to other books and others will finish close to the due date (if they finish at all) At the meeting, conversation and wine flow The book might get talked about. Unless the readers took notes (who wants to do that while reading for enjoyment?), participants will be discussing the particulars of a book well… Read More »Head-to-Head Book Club

Short Stories Rule

(This post first appeared many moons ago in the Hiveword newsletter.) I’ll just mention a quick tidbit from the Hive because I want to get right to the interview since it’s so amazing. The Writer’s Knowledge Base (WKB) has articles from over 4,000 websites. All hand-picked by Elizabeth Spann Craig. 4,000! Crazy, isn’t it? I thought it would be fun to list the top ten sites with the most content in the WKB. You’ll find them here. A new one is added to the list every day until we get to the top spot. And don’t forget that you can get daily or weekly emails with categorized links to great articles on writing via… Read More »Short Stories Rule

Website Redesign and New Features

Hiveword has a new website today. It feels so good saying that because it’s been a LONG time coming. As a bonus, there are also some new features! As for the old design… Well, I guess it wasn’t really a design at all. And boy was it ugly. It didn’t convey that Hiveword is actually a suite of tools for writers with a novel planner, a module of expert guidance from a writing coach, and a repository of great articles on writing captured from around the web. But the best part about the new design is that your eyes probably won’t bleed with the new look. It is MUCH prettier… Read More »Website Redesign and New Features

Hiveword Outage Notice

UPDATE 2: If you are having trouble getting to Hiveword then this update is for you. Hiveword is indeed available but the nature of the upgrade (a new hosting provider) means that the location of Hiveword on the internet changed. There are directories all around that world that know how to find Hiveword (or any web site). But when the location changes, the change of address has to ripple through all of these directories. Tech babble, I know, but worst case it can take up to 48 hours to update everywhere. These directory updates are out of my control but there are some things that you can try to re-establish contact:… Read More »Hiveword Outage Notice

Hiveword Birthday Giveaway!

It’s hard to believe that Hiveword has been helping writers organize their stories for five years. Other Hiveword tools such as The Writer’s Knowledge Base and Knockout Novel have been doing the same for roughly the same amount of time. So, in honor of Hiveword’s momentous day we’re giving away three subscriptions of Hiveword Plus and three copies of Knockout Novel to six lucky winners. See here for how to enter. The drawings happen on November 28th. Please tell your friends and help spread the word. Thank you for your support all these years!  

Hiveword review by Lynn Viehl

Lynn Viehl posted a review of Hiveword today on her blog.  Check it out at http://pbackwriter.blogspot.com/2012/09/hiveword.html. Thanks, Lynn!

Blog Transition Complete

My blog is now migrated. Woohoo! Thanks for your patience and sorry if you noticed any hiccups. How do you like the new design?

Switching Blogging Software

This is just a quick note to let you know that I’m switching to WordPress in the next couple days. If you’re an RSS subscriber (thanks!) then you may see my older posts in your feed again. I’m going to try to prevent that but if it does happen it should be a one-time deal. In fact, repeatedly seeing the old posts in the feed is one of the reasons I’m switching. Sorry if you experienced that in the past. The other reason for switching was because I felt penned in with my current software. I simply didn’t want to use it and thus blogging was rare. Now, though, I… Read More »Switching Blogging Software

Hiveword Novel Writing Software Launched

If you’ve used the Writer’s Knowledge Base (WKB) you’ve probably noticed that it’s “Powered by Hiveword.” It’s true, too. The WKB has shared its existence with an unseen twin that has only been referenced in hushed tones. Sort of like Voldemort, I suppose. But not any more. I’m pleased to announce that Hiveword has finally busted free and is waiting to help you organize your novel in one place on the web. Hiveword allows you to track multiple stories whether those stories are novels, short stories, or whatever. It’s geared toward tracking fiction so each story can have characters, settings, and scenes. Screenshots: Story Detail, Story List Characters The data sheet… Read More »Hiveword Novel Writing Software Launched