Chrysalis: Emerging Women Writers

November 21, 2009

Winner Announced Next Chrysalis

Filed under: Uncategorized — Barb @ 5:38 pm

Thanks everyone who posted.  We had some very clever hooks.

Some of you got hung up in the “pending file”, but you’re posted now and your entries are in the hopper.

Visit Chrysalis on Wednesday, (Thanksgiving Eve) to hear who the winner of the hook contest is.


You didn’t think I’d tell you, did you?  right now?  You knew I’d keep you on the HOOK.

Everyone had their humor and brilliance shining. It was fun and we’ll have more contests.


November 11, 2009

From the Beginning…

Filed under: Contests,Motivations,Technique,Writing — Barb @ 12:43 am
Tags: , ,

Okay,  Put your thinking caps on.

Your job is to come up with a simple sentence. The beginning hook for a story. It must be based off the picture below. Funny, sad…whatever.

Post your one sentence hooks in the comments. Enter as often as you wish.

We’ll announce the winner in a couple of weeks. I’m not sure what the prize is yet, but you’ll have to come to Chrysalis to get it.

Have fun. Get Creative.

November 5, 2009

Keep Entering Those Contests

Filed under: Uncategorized — Barb @ 2:30 pm

Congratulations to Chrysalis’s very own Rose L. (see members’ bio).

She won a prestigious poetry competion, and netted fame, honor, and best of all….

a by-line and cash.

Rose was gracious enough to share the site, so you, too can enter those contests.

Click here for the Winning Writers link that gives you numerous contest options.

Good Luck.

November 3, 2009

Writing Unblocked

Filed under: Uncategorized — Barb @ 1:05 am

How do you unblock your ideas and get them onto paper?

Here are a few things I’ve tried with varying degrees  of success.

  • Typing with the  monitor turned off.

  • That way I can resist the urge to go back and read what I just wrote.
  • Typing with out editing

Same principle. My goal is to get it on paper anyway I can, then go back and fix it.

Writing a few pages from a great novel in longhand

Sounds weird, but if I’m really stuck, there seems to be a kinesthetic connection between handwriting movement and jump starting the brain.  It reminds me of my first VW.  Sometimes I had to get it rolling and pop the clutch with it in gear to get the engine to turn over.


You’ll kick yourself if you haven’t used this technique. The trick is to use the right kind of music. I have to use tunes without words because I find the lyrics distracting, but you may not. If it’s an action scene I use wild flamingo music or rah-rah fight tunes. If it’s a  pensive piece, then Enya.

Read a good book

Well, you should ALWAYS be reading a good book. But do more than read. Pay attention to the things that make you sad, happy, interested.  (I’ve tried reading really crappy books, thinking that I’d come away feeling that I could do better, but mostly I was disgusted that I’d wasted my time)

Take a long walk

I’ve walked a lot of  my characters’ problems away.  Sometimes I carry a small recorder with me, because I have the memory of a gnat and the brillant solution I found at Mile 1 is unavailable to my brain cells by Mile 4.


This is part of the  mind/body connection. But there is something about opening your body that will unclog creativity.

There are more…lots more…

What do you do to keep the words rolling onto the page?

Create a free website or blog at