Writing Advice

Two Drops of Ink: The Literary Home for Collaborative Writing


Our Writing Advice Page:

At Two Drops of Ink, we proudly collaborate with other writers. Most bloggers work hard to brand themselves and push their own sites, and that’s fine; however, here at Two Drops of Ink, we have created a unique and powerful epicenter for collaborative writing. Along with our writing team and the blogs we post, we accept submissions of all genres (see our submissions guidelines). This is a huge win-win for our literary blog and for writers that are either well established and are looking to expand their audience, or relatively new writers looking for exposure. We dedicate this page to those writers, and their works, that were good enough to publish on our blog. Congrats to them. Please take a moment to scroll down through the list and enjoy and share their writing.

Scott Biddulph | Editor-in-Chief

Submit your work for publication here: Submissions 


Dawn Field

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Dawn Field is a scientist now writing her second book for Oxford University Press. She has published over 50 articles on writing because she is fascinated by what makes great writing, the writing process, learning how writers create, and how fiction impacts society. She loves reading book drafts at any stage of completion, brainstorming writing projects, and hearing about the diversity of writing experiences. Connect with her to collaborate, or converse, at UnityinWriting.com.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Spot on humor: A genius example all writers can learn from

2) 50 Ways to Ensure no Editor Ever Reads Your Book

3) Herding Your Cats in Writing

4) Questions You Want From Readers

5) An Editor’s life: Why have only 3 Acts when you can have 7?

6) Talk Your Story out of You


Anel Conradie

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Anel is a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader.  With a background in teaching English literature and language she now pursues her own writing career.  She is an Alumna of Stellenbosch University, in Cape Town.

Growing up in Namibia, Anel has a deep appreciation of the vastness of nature which echoes the vastness of humanity.  “I love to write about the complexity of our humanity and that which forms our very core identity.”

Anel has been married for 7 years and has one daughter.  The journey of being a wife and a mom has also inspired her to write about, and share, her own experiences.  She is currently working on her first book:  “10 Lies we believe about marriage.”

Visit her blog or follow her on social media.

Website:  www.remarkablewives.com
Facebook:  https://web.facebook.com/remarkablewives/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/remarkablewives/?hl=en

Book: http://remarkablewives.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Deceptive-Truth.pdf

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Breath Through Pain

2) How to be Content in the Mundane

3) How I learned to have faith when I ran out of hope

4) Creativity is Found, Neither Here Nor There, But in The In-between ‘no-space’ of Existence

5) The Creative No-Space


Jane Sandwood

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Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer and editor with over 10 years’ experience working across many fields. When Jane isn’t writing, she is busy spending time with her family. She also enjoys music, reading and travelling whenever she can.

Jane Sandwood is widely published. You can Google her name for more of her work. 

Published on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Benefits Of Reading For Writers 

2) Does Having a High IQ Make You a Good Writer?

3) Finding Writing Inspiration In The Present And The Past

4) Writing Tips: Don’t Let Difficulties With Research Hold Back Your Writing


Whitney McKendree Moore

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Whitney McKendree Moore has published numerous articles in magazines such as Cruising World, Connecticut Magazine, YANKEE, Greenwich Magazine, Maine Boats and Harbors, and The Nautical Quarterly. In 1987, she authored a book entitled Where to Next? that focused on making a successful career change; she also co-authored a book called Academy Days, a history of the school she attended while growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut, and has published twelve books of her own since. She also helps other people publish their own stories onto Amazon using Createspace.

Whitney and her husband, Barry, have been married for forty-six years. They have just one child, a son who was born two weeks after they celebrated their twentieth year of child-free marriage. At the time, they were brand-new in recovery from alcoholism, which is a family disease. For a while, it looked like the disease might win, but God won instead. Their son is now in graduate school, so the family home has been relocated to South Carolina.

Her links:

Goodreads

Amazon

Published on Two Drops of Ink:

1)    WHAT FUELS YOUR FIRE? ONE ANSWER: GOODREADS

2)    WHAT FUELS YOUR FIRE? BEING WELL-STOKED

3)    WHAT FUELS YOUR FIRE? ONE ANSWER: KINDLING

 


Carol Hind (Ladycee)

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I’d describe myself as a God-seeker and recovering perfectionist. I’d also like to consider myself as a word-artist, although my husband often refers to me as a word-junkie! Now, as you’ve probably guessed, I love reading and I love words. I’m fascinated by and admire the way skilled writers use them and, I’ve long cherished a desire to join the ranks of prolific published writers, whose words are feted, followed and feasted upon by fans and word connoisseurs.

Prior to me becoming a blogger, I failed to apply myself to the joys of writing and publishing consistently, despite always declaring (to myself anyway) that writing is my passion!

Words are powerful! They have the potential to impart life or orchestrate death. And so my heart’s desire is for the ultimate creator and wordsmith to use my writing gift, infuse my words with his anointing, love, and power. I write to encourage and inspire both myself and others—to maximize our potential and live our best lives.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/LadyCee4Christ

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Poetry Break by Carol Hind (Ladycee)

2) Will the Real Writer Please Step Forward?

3) Writer’s Angst


Adela Belin

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Adela Belin is a private educator and a writer at Resume Cow. She shares her teaching experience with colleagues, students, and writers. Feel free to contact Adela on G+.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) How to write better fiction using screenwriting techniques


Catherine Townsend-Lyon

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Catherine Townsend-Lyon is the best-selling Kodel Empire Publishing Group’s author of her shocking memoir, “Addicted to Dimes,” available on Amazon. A former columnist for In Recovery Magazine she is passionate about advocating recovery from gambling addiction and helping authors promote their books. Currently co-writing with a former NFL pro of his life in a memoir, Catherine resides in Arizona, and Southern Oregon. She has a large following on social media and shares her secrets to book marketing at “Cat Lyon’s Reading Den”.  You can connect with Catherine on Twitter – Google Plus  Facebook and GoodReads.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Authors: Book Promote Like A Pro!

2) Authors Need an Amazon Author Page

3) Goodreads and KDP Working Together to Help Authors


Gayle R. Lee

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Gayle received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2013 from Siena Heights University in Michigan. She enjoys swimming, movies, nature walks, spiritual drumming, and watching Detroit Tiger baseball. She currently lives in her home state of Michigan where she works as a Home Manager in a private residence for three boys.

Gayle is also the author of Fortitude: A Quest Through Fear and Doubt (2017) and Dancing with Life: Healing After the Death of a Child (2012). In February of 2017, she started a blog titled Grief with a Twist. The focus is on grief, the afterlife, healing and spiritual growth. Her website is https://GayleRLee.com.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Why We Write


Barbara Sinor, Ph.D

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Barbara Sinor, Ph.D. is a retired psychotherapist living in northern California. Finding Destiny is Sinor’s long awaited first fiction novel, release date September 1, 2016. Her other six books are highly endorsed in the non-fiction genres of addiction recovery, childhood abuse/incest, adult children of alcoholics, and other self-help and inspirational topics. Dr. Sinor encourages your comments and can be contacted through her website:  www.Dr.Sinor.com. Sinor’s other writing appears in the quarterly Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing, as well as other magazines, newsletters, and Blogs. She currently facilitates women’s groups, designs and makes jewelry, and is working on the sequel to Finding Destiny.

Amazon list of my books: Barbara’s Books on Amazon

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Dr. Barbara Sinor talks about stepping out of your writing comfort zone: Write About It!

2) Inspirational Self-Help Author Dr. Barbara Sinor Publishes Debut Novel

3) Writer’s Limbo: Caught between the muses 

4) The Image/Memoir writing challenge: ‘Shadow Memories’

5) The Fiction Challenge: ‘My Inspiration’ by Barbara Sinor


Rachel H.T. Mendell

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Rachel H.T. Mendell writes freelance from home in her office that she grabbed when her sixth child moved out, which is much nicer than the converted closet she wrote in for almost 20 years. Rachel writes novels, poetry, plays, essays, columns, articles, short stories, long letters, devotionals and experimental allegory. She has been published in various magazines as well as the Galion Inquirer, The Morrow County Sentinel, the Crestline Advocate and online at Richland Source. You can find a few of her articles in Heart of Ohio Magazine and floating around cyberspace. She keeps a blog, Domestic Mobility (http://domesticmobility.blogspot.com), and has recently started a website (http://www.rachelhtmendell.com). Rachel happily answers emails at mendell.rachel7@gmail.com. She is married and has seven children and one grandson. When Rachel is not writing, she’s gardening, caring for chickens, rabbits, and cats. She lives with her family in Morrow County, Ohio.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) The Reporter Life

2) The Reporter Life: Writing the Press Release

3) The Reporter Life: Writing a Letter to the Editor

4) Two Drops of Ink: Noise, Guilt, Muskets, and Time

5) The Reporter Life: Writing the Article and the Magic of Three


Caitlin Lambert

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Caitlin is the mind behind her blog Quills & Coffee, where she shares tips, tools, & encouragement for writers. She writes YA sci-fi/fantasy novels and is currently querying her second book, WHAT LIES ABOVE, while drafting her third. When she’s not writing or working, you can find her reading, composing piano, and adding endless destinations to her travel bucket list. Or quite possibly eating dark chocolate.

Connect with me!

Website: Quills & Coffee www.caitlinlambert.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorcaitlinlambert

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaitlinALambert

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Three Good Things That Are Killing Your Novel


Shannon Hogan Cohen

Bio:

There has always been a special place in my heart for storytelling. I write because there is so much to say and my two teenage boys’ tire of listening to me. I write for insight, the more written, the more I learn about myself. My passion for life and learning drives my appetite for adventure. Interests include traveling and learning about different cultures. I am married to a man who joins me on this journey and encourages me to grow.
I enjoy writing personal essays of my life. Your continued feedback encourages me to experiment and push harder. I repeatedly push myself as a writer and a thinker and ask additional questions on how to expand. Your input reminds me each piece has an audience. It is my job to find the audience and serve it. Feel free to peruse my website at www.prolificpreambles.com to read my additional work.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Rushed to Respond


Olga Mecking

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Olga Mecking is a writer and translator living in the Netherlands. Her blog, The European Mama, is all about traveling, parenting, and cooking. Her writing has also been published on many other websites, including The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Wall Street Journal Expat, and Babble, among others.

When not writing or thinking about writing, Olga can be found reading books, drinking tea and reading some more.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) There Is No Such Thing as Your One True Voice


Cara Hughes

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My name is Cara Hughes, and I am a self-employed Accountant, who manages to fit work into a very busy life which includes being a wife and mother. I live in a small countryside village in rural Essex. I have been married to Adam for over ten years now, and we have two children.

For most of my life, I have been very mathematical, from specializing in business science for my degree, obtaining a First and then an MSc to my Accountancy qualification following which I became a member then Fellow of the Association of Chartered Accountants. However, two years ago I became a founding member of a writing group via Twitter (@TeamDeTernay) and have discovered a new passion with words instead of numbers. I have taken onboard the responsibility for preparation of the storylines for the group, and I now find that my head is often full of wonderful ideas. Also, in the last six months, I have also begun writing poetry and have had two poems published, including one about the love I have for my son following his diagnosis with Autism. I can be quite a shy person and sometimes lack confidence but by using words I have found that I am able to express myself in a way that I have never been able to before and in doing so have made some very lovely friends all over the world.

I have very varied tastes; if I like something, I will read, listen to, or watch it. If I do not, then, I will simply put it aside. My literary tastes are very historical based although, again, if a current day book captures me I will read it but this does not happen very often.  I studied English Literature during my final two years at senior school and developed a love for the classics ranging from Shakespeare to Jane Austen and The Brontes. I also enjoy reading poetry including classics such as Shakespeare’s Sonnets and William Blake to a modern author called Rupi Kaur, whose book Milk and Honey my husband brought for my birthday.

I have completed my first Novel and am currently seeking an agent.

Cara’s Website: http://carahughesauthor.com/

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Role Play Writing: What to do when you live in the middle of nowhere, and you want to improve your writing


Mary Jo Martin

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Mary Jo Martin is a retired market researcher who lives in Houston, Texas. She is a member of the Houston Writer’s Guild. Her short story, Flowers for Lewis, was published in December 2015 in the Houston Writer’s Guild Press short story mystery anthology, Waves of Suspense. A memoir in progress is the account of her quest to unearth her medical history on her father’s side. This work won first place in the memoir category in a recent Houston Writer’s Guild contest. Mary Jo started her professional life as a chemist. Along the way, she sold out to the dark side and earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration. After years of successfully producing concise business text as a marketer and market researcher, she is now free to do “real” writing.

Check out Mary Jo on Facebook

Published Posts on Two Drops of Ink: 

1) Don’t be Scared – Just Do It!


Ilona Fried

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Ilona Fried is a writer, nature lover, and student of the Feldenkrais Method. Her blog, alacartespirit.com, is dedicated to “bringing awareness to the menu of life.” She’s a regular contributor to The Wisdom Daily and has been published in Elephant Journal, Tiferet Journal, and Hevria.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) How ‘Feldenkrais’ Can Help You Write


Christopher G. Fox, Ph.D.

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Christopher G. Fox, Ph.D. created Kindness Communication® as an extension of his role as Managing Partner of Syncresis, a consultancy that has been developing digital solutions for patient engagement since 2007. In past roles, he worked as an educator, speaker, communicator, and strategist. Kindness Communication® stems from his commitment to helping people lead better informed and healthier lives. He believes strongly that the worlds we move in can be better places if we make kindness the core of how we operate. This principle applies to our friends and family. It applies to the workplace. And it applies to the world at large as we face world-changing potentials and threats because of the impacts we can have on global societies and ecologies.

Biographical links:

Site: http://www.kindnesscommunication.com/

Blog: http://www.kindnesscommunication.com/kindness-blog/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CGFKindness

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christophergfox

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Five Ways to Become a Kind Writer


Linda Kovic-Skow

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Linda Kovic-Skow is a best-selling author in travel in France. Originally from Seattle, she currently winters in Gilbert, Arizona and spends summers on a boat in the San Juan Islands. She earned an Associate Degree in Medical Assisting in 1978 from North Seattle Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Seattle University in 1985. She has been married for 31 years and has two daughters. An enthusiastic traveler, Linda also enjoys hiking, boating, gardening and socializing with friends. “French Illusions: My Story as an American Au Pair in the Loire Valley,” was her debut memoir. The sequel, “French Illusions: From Tours to Paris,” recounts the rest of her adventure in France. For more information, visit http://lindakovicskow.com.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) How I Discovered my Passion


Danielle Bernock

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Danielle Bernock is a published author and writer. Her first book Emerging With Wings: A True Story of Lies, Pain, And The LOVE that Heals takes you on her journey of personal transformation. It is available around the world. Danielle is passionate about helping others discover the personal freedom and happiness she has found. Her blog daniellebernock.com addresses issues of the heart encouraging readers in personal growth and validating their value. Danielle is dedicated to her own learning and growing, taking courses and reading continually.  She is a member of Tribe Writers, Rochester Writers’ Group, and the owner of 4F Media (a writing, publishing, and marketing company).

Danielle was born and raised in Michigan, the granddaughter of European immigrants. She has traveled around most of the United States and visited 3 countries. Due to the economy and the hand of God, Danielle lived in Arizona for 5 life changing years but is happy to be back in Michigan near her family. She has been happily married since 1980, has two married children, and four living grandchildren she adores, and who call her Mima. Danielle is forever young at heart, loves nature and new adventures (like zip lining). She loves spending time with family and friends, playing games, going for walks, having bonfires, heart to heart talks, and laughing. Lots and lots of laughing.

Get a copy of Danielle’s book here

Subscribe to her blog and get a free ebook HERE 
Like her author page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daniellebernock/
Follow her on Twitter @dbernock https://twitter.com/DBernock

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Write Your Story: Even if you’re not the Best Writer

2) Poetry Break: ‘YOU ARE MY GRACE’


Kristen Steele

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Kristen is a former kindergarten and special education teacher with two wonderful grown children, two precious fur-baby dogs, and a mischievous cat. Diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis (inflammation on the spinal cord causing nerve damage) in September of 2016 and Multiple Sclerosis in December of 2016, and Optic Neuritis in January 2017, life has changed in a big way in a short amount of time. But HOPE springs eternal as I rediscover and reinvent life along the way.

I began writing about my experiences as a way to cope with my sense of loss and new realities and move forward in hope. As I learn to let go of my identity as a teacher and small business owner, I have begun to find new beginnings and joys that all began with a seed of hope. It is my desire to share this with others who might be experiencing similar circumstances or just wondering what it is like to navigate this journey. I invite you all to follow me on the journey as I search for hope for life at 180-degree turn.

Her website: www.hope4life180.com.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Layers: Why I Write


NICK GRANDY

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I am a twenty-four-year-old man with a strong connection to spirituality and nature, who has an immense passion for the written word. Writing is what gives me my life, it awakens my spirit. I feel it is what I am meant to do. It is my main passion.

Nick’s Blog: GrandDeeds

Nick’s full bio

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) HOW TO CONQUER WRITER’S BLOCK


DONALD HUFFMAN

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I’m an aspiring writer who has a full-time day job in healthcare.  I turned a self-destructive and drug-addicted life around almost three years ago, and with that, had a revelation of sorts that I was put on the planet to write.  I’m in the editing stages of my first book and have started a blog at http://donaldhuffman.com on the journey of writing seriously and professionally.

Donald’s Links:

 Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) How Your Well-meaning Ego Kills Dreams

2) Letting the Muse Take Over


RICK AMITIN

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Rick Amitin is a Writer, Author, Blogger, Poet, Inspirational Speaker, and Founder of rickamitin.com. He’s a contributing columnist for Read My Mind Magazine and has published articles on various platforms. Rick traveled extensively as an Evangelist, Pastored for many years, and built a multi-million dollar insurance business in Los Angeles before embarking on the journey of personal transformation. Rick is a Certified Behavioral Analyst and a Transformational Life Coach. He is currently in development of an online training platform. Rick has attended numerous seminars in personal development with some of the leading voices of our time, Ford Taylor, Jack Canfield, Sanford G. Kulkin, and Kevin Knebl, CMEC to name a few. Rick is a former member of The Dallas Fort Worth Writers Workshop and the Writers Guild of Texas. He is a life-long student, and an avid reader and researcher. Rick resides in San Francisco, CA with his wife of thirty-five years.

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) From The Stage To The Page: What I Discovered Writing My Memoir!

2) In our Book StoreIf Only I Had A Dad: Finding Freedom From Fatherlessnessby Rick Amitin


Aaron Lebold

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I have been in the recovery field for over seven years, I find a great deal of purpose by helping others, and I have a great passion for recovery. I currently work as a Recovery Coach with Brad Mcleod Recovery and do my best to support people struggling with addiction over the internet.

If you would like to learn more about me, I have been writing out my life story on Medium (https://medium.com/@aaronleboldbmr) I am really enjoying the experience, and reflecting on my past has been very beneficial for me, even after nearly nine years of recovery.

I want to personally thank all the people who have been following my work, and all the people who have encouraged me to keep pushing forward. I plan to keep going, even though I am not sure yet where it will take me.

Marilyn Davis – http://fromaddict2advocate.com/

Mike Ladano – https://mikeladano.com/

Brad McLeod – https://www.facebook.com/BradMcLeodRecovery/

To see my writing please check out my site:

My Life story at https://medium.com/@aaronleboldbmr

My other blogs at https://wordpress.com/stats/day/aaronleboldblogs.wordpress.com

Published posts on Two Drops of Ink:

1) Falling Into a New Passion


 

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