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Kamy Wicoff's next book, Wishful Thinking, pubs soon. Here's what she's learned along the way.
If you've never heard of "active voice" or "passive voice," don't worry, you're not alone. However, while you might not know the official terminology, I'm willing to bet you can easily spot the difference between the two.
In the active voice, the subject of the sentence is doing the acting. For example:
In the passive voice, the subject of the sentence is being acted on by the verb:
Sometimes, when people hear I'm publishing my memoir through Penguin Random House's Putnam imprint, they assume I won't have to do any marketing or publicity on my own. But unless you're a famous writer these days, you can pretty much expect to do at least some of your own publicity. From the literary series I run in Boston and Tokyo, Four Stories, I've known writers who have had New York Times best-sellers, won National Book Awards, and even written Amazon #1 books of the year, who have all taken on at least some of their own marketing.
I'm now 3 months away from the launch date of my book: prime publicity time. But I'm also first-time book author who lives half-way across the planet from the literary mecca of NYC and has a 1-year old baby, the laugh (or is it the tired?) lines of a 47-year-old 1st-time parent, and no proven track record in book-selling, so I'm eagerly exploring creative publicity…Continue
I recently read Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, which explores anxiety as experience, rather than pathology. In “A Conversation with Daniel Smith,” at the end of the book, the author was asked if the experience of writing his book was therapeutic.
He writes, “There were moments when writing about my past difficulties with anxiety stirred up old worries,” he said, “but these moments were surprisingly rare for the same reason, I think, that I didn’t really find any therapeutic value in the experience—because the day-to-day problems involved in writing Monkey Mind were literary and not…Continue
I did not go to AWP.
I am not one of those people who does not go to AWP and then passive aggressively links to articles and op-eds about how racist/sexist/capitalistic AWP is. I am one of those people who did not go to AWP because she could not afford to go to AWP.
But this isn’t about AWP. This is about what I decided to do instead last weekend, which was to make time for writing—as much time for writing as I would have if I had gone to AWP.
Because I love AWP. I love it even though it is racist and sexist and financially fucked up (more specifically, to charge writers—most of whom do not get paid for their work—two hundred dollars to attend). I love AWP because, when I went last year, I felt so unbelievably invigorated and inspired and, for the first time,…Continue
Posted quote from Gerry LaFemina on poetry-writing:
We've all heard this a million times but it resonates. In life, if you don't act like a big baby, you don't have problems--until other people around you start acting like big babies.
I am drinking a smoothie made out of blueberries, swiss chard, almond milk, two dates, and a frozen banana. It's lunch. This summer I want to try using watermelon in a smoothie and see how that works…
It’s a way to stay organized, focused, and motivated. if you just sit there thinking random thoughts and then the…
For the first time in months I have been sitting at my iMac for the past several hours doing what I love to do, write. I just finished a rough draft of a cute little children’s story with a powerful message titled, “Millie Mouse.” (I know I’m hung up on mice.)
There are a couple of stories behind this anecdote. Around Christmas time last year a friend of mine sent me a picture that her grandson had taken of a mouse peeping out from the branches of a Christmas tree they had…
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