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Happy Solstice and Holiday Season

Wishing you and yours all the best of everything this holiday season and in the New Year.

Welcoming 2020

As we prepare to welcome a new year - named for perfect vision! - as well as a new decade, it's a wonderful time to contemplate new beginnings and re-newed enthusiasm for existing plans and projects.

"If you are working on something that you really care about, you don't have to be pushed. The vision pulls you."
- Steve Jobs

"Don't let yesterday take up too much of today."
- Will Rogers

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."
- Walt Disney

Guest Post by Raymond Obstfeld: Poems That Move

I contributed to Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror with the exercise “When the World Turns to Shit, Why Should I Care? Character Arc in Dystopian Stories” (download available here and on the post.)

I want to share a passion project: a poetry blog in which I analyze poems that have some meaning to me.

A completely useless project in the grand scheme, but I love it.

The goal is to introduce readers to an eclectic selection of poetry by offering some personal reactions and a line-by-line analysis that may or may not be accurate, insightful, helpful. It’s all very personal interpretations, with all the limitations that implies.​ Keep Reading...

New Work by Now Write! Contributors

Now Write! contributors are extremely prolific.  Here is a small sample of books that came out in the last two years.

Writing Books by Now Write! Contributors - Updated

Now Write! contributors have a number of their own writing books that can make the ideal companion gift to encourage your favorite fellow or sister writer.

Now Write! Books Make Thoughtful Holiday Gifts

Now Write! books make thoughtful, affordable gifts for yourself and the writers in your life.

Packed with inspiring essays, thought-provoking exercises, creative writing prompts and best-kept secrets of hundreds of writing mastersNow Write! has something for writers in every genre and medium - from beginners looking for a way to get started, to professionals seeking inspiration and ideas on how to deepen their craft. 

Now Write! books belong on every writer's bookshelf!


On the Now Write! site many of your links on the contributor pages are out of date. Please check your link and provide an updated URL if applicable: laurie@nowwrite.net

Looking Ahead: Stay Tuned for Details

Michelle Newman, a Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor, will be co-teaching creative writing workshops on the island of Iona and in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

In April 2020, Now Write! editor Laurie Lamson is co-producing a half-day writers' conference at San Diego Film Week, sponsored by the Film Consortium San Diego

A Fond Farewell to Scott Rubenstein

Scott started making up stories after reading a nursery rhyme about soldiers fighting in the bed covers. He was a teacher in the Peace Corps, stationed in the Philippines. Upon his return, he taught in Sacramento.

He won a writing contest at 20th Century Fox, which brought him to Los Angeles to join their comedy writing workshop, launching his TV writing career.

Scott wrote over 30 episodes for 10 different TV series, including Star Trek: The Next Generation.

He will also be remembered as the funniest accountant in Los Angeles.  

Condolences to his wife, Devorah Cutler-Rubenstein, accomplished artist. writer, teacher, and two-time Now Write! contributor, who invited Scott to join her in contributing his wit and wisdom to Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. His exercise is available here and on the Contributors' page.