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How Your Body Is a Gateway to Your Creative Expression

Posted by Brooke Warner on January 26, 2015 at 10:30pm 3 Comments

I read a stunning submission this week from one of my students that had all the elements of good storytelling minus one thing: body sensations. I found myself desperately wanting her to describe the sensations that must have been coming up for her as she wrote about what for her was a true-life, horrid event of discovering that her child had been murdered. And although she’s writing memoir, it’s not just memoir that requires us to get into the physical sensations our characters feel. Whether your character is you or a made-up protagonist, body sensations (literally what you or your characters physically feel in reaction to circumstances) help your reader know that what they’re feeling is aligned with what you wanted them to feel when you envisioned or wrote the…

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How to Craft a Compelling Book Description

Posted by Maria Murnane on January 26, 2015 at 8:30am 1 Comment

Book descriptions can be an effective marketing tool, but they can also be tricky. Here are three keys to writing a good one:

  1. Show, don't tell: Much like an online-dating profile, if you toot your book's horn too much, it's a turnoff. If your book is funny, don't write, "This is a laugh-out-loud story!" Instead, write something funny to describe it. Another downside to the overselling approach is that if the reader doesn't laugh out loud when reading your book, he/she is going to feel cheated. (This unfortunately has happened to me several times, which is why I decided to write this post.
  2. Don't go into too much detail: When I'm perusing potential books to read, I want to know what the story is about, period. I don't need to know all the details, or all the minor characters' names, or exactly how the book ends. None of that matters to me before I…
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[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] My Favorite Social Media Tools

Posted by Meghan Ward on January 22, 2015 at 12:30pm 2 Comments

Social Media: Sigh. We know we need to do it in order to build our author platforms so we can get agents and book deals and make money selling those books, but it can be exhausting. And it never ends. You tweet and you post and you circle and you link and you connect and you Instagram, and then you wake up the next morning and have to do it all over again. When are you supposed to spend time with your family and (IRL) friends? When are you supposed to get exercise, read, and WRITE?

There are many tools to help streamline your social media life. Here are my favorites:

1.Feedly…

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Funding Women Artists: “How Long? Not Long.”

Posted by Yvette Heyliger on January 22, 2015 at 8:30am 0 Comments

Wow!  It has already been a momentous week… and it is not over yet.  It began Monday with the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day of reflection and service followed on Tuesday by President Obama’s State of the Union Address.  Other than Election Day, this is one of the most important days for American citizens.  It is when we have the opportunity to hear the sitting president’s vision for the future of our country.  It doesn’t get any better than this!  Oh, wait…it just did!  Wednesday evening I was one of the lucky Americans invited to be on an informal call talking about the State of the Union with Vice President Joe…

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Are you more afraid of success than failure? Do you undervalue your worth? Are you unaware of the limitations that keep you from flourishing in your life, work, and relationships? 

A major reason why people don’t thrive is because we’re focusing on the wrong things―on keeping up rather than waking up…

The agony...the ecstasy...

Imagine the thrill of that first published book: your name on the cover, your words filling each page. Who needs a major publisher to promote and distribute, when you are brimming with enthusiasm and have put aside a small sum for travel expenses? My novel, The Bone Weaver, semi-self-published by a small indie press, was going to sell; I would make that happen. And there would be bookstore readings and signings, flashbulbs (we're talking 2001, so no cell phone shots) and fans…

Four ways to cultivate patience

 Some say that life is a developmental journey of the soul.  This description of one's life purpose resounds with me. In fact, I believe we're all placed on this earth with specific character development assignments. For some it might be learning to brake before acting out in anger, for others mastery of their life curriculum may entail becoming more self-controlled, while still others are here to learn empathy or compassion.

I used to think that some people in life just get off easy,…

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Posted 'Passage', a poem about possibilities:

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2015/01/passage-poem.html

Cuba Revisited

It’s been nearly seven months since I returned from my adventure in Cuba. Sometimes it seems like a lifetime ago. The thrill and excitement of the trip have worn away now that I am not talking and writing about it as much as I had been. I wonder how it is we keep it with us.

I liken this after effect to the excitement pre leaving.  There’s so much to do to get ready, planning and packing and organizing, that those months leading up to the trip are filled with anticipation and are…

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