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My first novel, Wishful Thinking, came out in late April, but as any of you who have published books traditionally know, that means I finished it nearly a year before that, and had done most of the heavy lifting, writing-wise, even longer ago. It has been years, in other words, since I was caught up in the maddening, wondrous, joyful struggle that is writing a book, and I am more than ready to dive back into it. Having been in "promotion" mode for the last six months, which sometimes feels a bit like being in a really loud bar trying to be heard as you talk and talk until your voice gets hoarse (though don't get me wrong,…Continue
I read a short essay recently by Janis Cook Newman about holding regular writing dates in her house. Once a month she and a group of writing friends gather in the same room to write quietly together. Her tribe, she calls them. The essay stresses the importance of creating that kind of community as a writer, and I couldn't agree more. But when it comes to writing, sitting around in a circle while everyone else is frantically inspired does not sound like fun to me.
I love the idea of the type of tribe that Newman suggests we all have, but I seriously doubt the logistics of it. As a wirter who has been apart of more writing groups that have fallen apart than I care to consider, I've come to…Continue
Diane Chamberlain is preparing to release her 24th novel, Pretending to Dance, on Oct. 6, 2015. We had the opportunity to chat with the author of acclaimed novels like The Silent Sister (I'm STILL talking about this one!) and Necessary Lies.
1. What was your biggest fear about writing and how did you overcome it?
I still grapple with my biggest fear, even as I begin writing my twenty-fifth novel. That fear is “Can I do it again?” Whenever I begin thinking about what to write next, I’m still in love with the book I most recently finished. Right now, I’m in love with Pretending to Dance. I love how it turned out. I love the depth of the characters and the twists and turns of the story, and I anxiously wonder if I can do it again. I’ve dealt with this fear every year of my career and so far, I’ve managed to…Continue
Katherine Phillips, a seventeenth-century writer, lamented, "We may generally conclude the Marriage of a Friend to be the Funeral of a Friendship." Many co-authors might be tempted to say something similar about a collaborative writing project. Fortunately, the inverse can be true as well, providing the co-authors approach their project with open hearts and clearly articulated goals. We found collaboration to be a marvelous, perspective-expanding adventure over the two years we spent together writing The Social Sex: A History of Female Friendship (Harper Perennial, 2015).
Marilyn Yalom, an established author of best-selling social histories (A History…Continue
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