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Thank You Letter to My Book

Posted by Cheryl Rice on July 30, 2014 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Dear Book,

After carrying the dream of you inside of me for what feels like forever, we are a scant ten weeks shy of your official launch into the world. While I’m not quite ready to say goodbye, I am ready and eager to thank you, for no matter what happens after you leave the nest, you have already given me more than I can express. 

Since I don’t want my gratitude to get lost in the frenzy of your upcoming birthday party, let me take this moment to appreciate all you have given me.

Because of you, as a first-time author, I have learned how to ask and receive help in ways I never thought possible. I have reached out for assistance from wonderful people who have helped us both grow. I have even contacted complete strangers—high-profile and highly accomplished people I wouldn’t have…

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[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] The Long and Grueling Birth of a Book

Posted by Hollye Dexter on July 29, 2014 at 11:30am 6 Comments

When I was ten years old, distressed about my life circumstances, I wrote a little book about my crisis on a pocket-sized Hello Kitty notepad and hid it inside a rock wall, hoping some kindred spirit would find it and that we would be forever connected through that common understanding. I suppose you could say that was my first attempt at publishing.

As an adult, I spent eight years writing a memoir about my childhood, and then tucked it away into a drawer. I never wrote to be published, I just wrote because it was in me and had to come out. Eventually, with a bit of pressure from teachers, friends and family, I began to publish some of my writing, including excerpts from my first memoir. For too long I had buried the truth about who I was and where I came from. It was time to…

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Are These Four Beliefs Keeping You from Starting Your Novel?

Posted by Jill Jepson on July 29, 2014 at 7:30am 16 Comments

Few endeavors are as complex, challenging, exciting, terrifying, joyful, exhausting, frustrating, and just plain fun as writing a novel. Few bring as many tears—or as much fulfillment. And very few are as hard. For many new writers, the biggest challenge is getting started. First-time novelists often find themselves facing strong internal resistance. Usually that resistance is the result of beliefs—some false, some true—that get in the way.

In my coaching and teaching, I’ve found several basic notions to be at the root of most writers’ hesitation when it comes to getting started on a novel. Here are four beliefs that may be getting in your way—and what to do about them:

1. You need to know everything that's going to happen in your novel before you…

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Writing Tip: When You Get Stuck, Use ALL CAPS and Move On

Posted by Maria Murnane on July 28, 2014 at 4:32pm 5 Comments

I'm currently working on my seventh novel, and one of the most valuable lessons I've learned about the writing process is when to hit pause on a particular scene/sentence/description and move on. If you're a perfectionist or Type-A personality, that can be hard to do, but it's extremely important. Trust me!

 

I use all caps to keep me focused on progressing the story

When I was writing my first novel, if I wasn't sure where to take the story next, I would spend countless hours tweaking, editing, refining, and tinkering the words I already had written. Where did that get me? Nowhere! The problem with spending too much time on a particular area of the book is that you aren't moving the…

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The Art of Creative Re-Writing.

The Art of Creative Re-Writing.

 

awriterinwonderland@blogpost.comhttp://I have been thinking about a recent post in This Itch of Writing by Emma Darwin, one of my top favorite blogs about writing. Darwin lists some amazing ways to approach revising your work. Since I am currently working on editing a book, her advice was spot on.

 

Rewriting can often become a something of a chore. Showing up…

My Dad

Anger to Acceptance

 

My Dad was taken from this world in 1975. A fatal heart attack took him from us while we were on vacation.  He was 44 years old.

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Claiming the Name of Writer

I did not consider myself a writer until I started working for Hedgebrook.

 

I was an actor who wrote occasionally, a theatre major who had gravitated toward non-profit communications, but not a writer.

 

When I was introduced to new people, the conversation would often go something like this:…

Guest Columnist for Fiction University on Character Evolution

Character Evolution: Don’t Restrict Your Characters to Your Original Vision of Them

By Robin Leemann Donovan 

Characters have a way of evolving in a story, sometimes for the…

So Turn on the Light Already!

Go ahead and turn it on…the light, I mean. Don’t sit there in the dark just thinking about how miserable it all is; how you can’t see anything, and how you just never seem to know the right thing to do. And it would just be so much better if you could see some ray of hope, some sign, some ANYTHING to let you…

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    My first book is currently in production with She Writes Press for publish date of April 2014. Meanwhile, while writing Book 1, I completely deleted a whole last section of the book, a continuation on how to use everything in the book on a daily…Continue

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