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[SWP: Behind the Book] All in Her Head: A Novel

Posted by Sunny Mera on March 23, 2015 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

After years of going back and forth and second-guessing about sharing my story, I made a decision to tell my story as fiction based on a true story.

During the birth of my daughter I experienced something I didn't know was possible. I had an orgasmic labor, then during the examination my mind broke and I was lost in the land between fantasy and reality. I experienced mental illness for the first time, and broke free from reality. My journey toward learning to live with my illness was an adventure toward separating real from unreal. From the time I thought a New York Times application was speaking to me in new ways to reporting fires (like the one at the burning Icon site in the East Village of Manhattan), I struggled to understand my reality. Trusting the people around me was my…

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Remember Why You Wrote Your Book in the First Place

Posted by Maria Murnane on March 30, 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments

Last fall my good friends Martha and Tanya had a "stoop sale," which is what we apartment-dwelling New Yorkers call a good old-fashioned garage sale. As the three of us were discussing how much to charge for a beaded purse and why no one had yet bought the wooden elephant, a kind older gentleman strolled by. He struck up a conversation about the stack of books Martha and Tanya were selling. He said his name was Leland William Howard and explained that he'd written a memoir about the 20 years he'd spent with his beloved dog Betsy.

With tears of joy in his eyes, Mr. Howard told us how writing the book was purely a labor of love. He'd published it on his own and hadn't sold many copies, but that didn't matter to him. He had a story to tell, he'd told it, and he was extremely proud of having done so.

Bravo, Mr. Howard!…

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The Importance of Asking for Feedback

Posted by Maria Murnane on March 23, 2015 at 2:00am 18 Comments

Requesting feedback is a valuable - and critical - element of the writing process. When it's positive, feedback can encourage you to keep going when you might otherwise lack momentum. On a more granular level, it can reveal what's strongest about your writing, which characters and storylines readers respond to the most, etc. All in all, it's a wonderful motivator in what can be an extremely lonely endeavor. 

Negative feedback, while sometimes (or perhaps always) tough to swallow, is equally important. Constructive criticism on plot, character development, dialogue, or even grammar can alert you to weaknesses in your writing - and give you time to address them before taking your manuscript to a bigger stage.

However, while many people would love to help you, not everyone is cut out to criticize the work of friends or family members. So unless you're sure the person in question will be completely honest with his or her opinion, good or bad,…

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[REALITY CHECK] - The Realities of Being a Published Author by Kathleen Kaska

Posted by Zetta Brown on March 24, 2015 at 7:30am 5 Comments

Kathleen Kaska is an award-winning mystery author. Her Sydney Lockhart Mystery Series is set in the 1950s and features the plucky "girl" reporter and sleuth of the same name.

She is also the author of the innovative Classic Mystery Triviography™ Series--a series of books that will appeal to Agatha Christie, Alfred Hitchcock, and Sherlock Holmes fans of all ages, as well as trivia enthusiasts, mystery buffs, and lovers of classic films.

Today on [REALITY CHECK],…

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.. preparing the way ..

check the task, ready the mind.

let thoughts mellow and compute

nicely. we will be all ready on the day.

we have a plan, whilst gratitude guides

us. nothing is necessary, except

collars and socks.

some will understand,

while others will not.

it was a hay loft, converted

now, the upper room.

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'Heaven's Return' by Rhabi Rites (@playwright42) ~ cover art and design


I've read more than once that it's 'amateur' to use only three or four colors, (primary colors at that) mainly because it's…

Grammergency #9: The Mysterious Case of the Missing Comma

As tiny as a comma is, its impact as both a punctuation mark and a conversation piece is anything but insubstantial. Put two people who differ on the subject of Oxford commas in a room together, and blood might be spilled. Get a copy editor going about how many comma splices she sees in an average workweek, and she might break down in tears. And then there’s the mysterious case of the missing comma—a situation I’ve been tracking for years and that only seems to be getting worse. This week’s…

Sometimes Ya Gotta...

Sometimes ya just gotta- make that climb and put one foot in front of the other. Sure, as you ascend you may not know what awaits you but you go anyway knowing you will be led closer and closer to your goals. Just keep going.

If you don’t make that climb you’ll stay where you are. If you like where you are…

The Truth Behind Fiction

Fiction is a lie that tells truth – I’ve seen versions of that insight attributed to authors from Albert Camus to Stephen King. What I’d like to emphasize here is that the truth they’re talking about is yours. Your own truth underlies your writing even if you don’t always realize it. The urge to write fiction represents a kind of sounding – you’re drawn to a particular character or sequence of events because they resonate with you. They connect with something deep inside you that yearns to…

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