Daily Archives: February 4, 2018

Daily Drabble: February 3rd

As part of our Year of Writing, participants have the opportunity to enter a Daily Drabble contest throughout the month of February. This contest consists of writing a short drabble–100 words or less–based on our fill-in-the-blank prompt, which is posted daily on our Twitter.

The prompt for February 3rd was:

Winner: Jes Bowers

“What would you do if I asked you out on a date tonight?”
“I’d probably run for the hills.”
“Huh. That’s probably smart, actually. I did almost just end the world, after all.”
“You should run too, y’know, because I tried to kill you.”
“To prevent me ending the world! Not the same.”
“If you’re not gonna hate me for attempted murder, I don’t have to hate you for world domination, alright?”
“…I hate that I love you, you know that?”
“Hate that I love you too. C’mon, let’s get some frozen yogurt. No – DON’T start, not a date.”

About Jes Bowers

According to reports, Jes is a cryptid that lives in the Austin area of Texas, and migrates to the coast in certain seasons. This cryptid is easy to approach, and in fact seems to love human contact, fond of talking people’s ears off about their cats. If you’re unable to make the trip to sight them in the wild, they’re also on the internet.

Check back in tomorrow for the winners of today’s Daily Drabble contest!

13 Objectives for Writers

The second month of the year has just begun! Why not set a goal for this month–or perhaps for the rest of the year? C.A. King, Books & Quills Staff Member and published author, shares thirteen goals and objectives for writers. Choose one or more to try to implement this month!

Write something every day. It doesn’t matter how much or how little – just write.

Don’t worry about editing or re-drafting until the first draft is written in full.

Write what you want to write and how you want to write it. Develop your own author voice.

Join a writer’s group or attend a conference. Almost all professions require personnel to keep up-to-date with new courses as the world revolves around us. Don’t be afraid to keep learning. You can never know too much.

Utilize writing prompts. Keep everything you have written organized. It might come in handy when you are building the perfect scene.


Set goals! Know what you want to accomplish and by when. Make sure you stay on track.

Broaden your horizons. Try writing in multiple genres.

Create your brand. Social media is a necessary evil. Consider a website, blog, or vlog.

Network with other authors. Learn how to promote each other and share information about what works and what doesn’t.

Set up a marketing plan.

Publish! Do the research and choose between self publishing or traditional publishing. Then do it!

Have fun!