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Writing tip: Don't be afraid to cut

Posted by Maria Murnane on April 27, 2015 at 8:16am 0 Comments

In my first job out of college, one of my assignments was to co-write an opinion piece for my boss. (In this case, "co-write" meant "write.") He told me the points he wanted to make, and my role was to turn those ideas into a clear, readable argument that a prominent magazine in our industry would accept. Both of us would get the byline, so I was excited!

I'll never forget my boss's reaction when I proudly showed him my masterpiece. He smiled at me, then sighed and said something along the lines of, "Ah, how difficult it is to part with young words."

Cutting words can sting, but it's often necessary to improve the overall product

At first I didn't understand what he meant, but then he (tactfully) explained to me that the essay would…

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[What's Next?] Opening Up

Posted by Caitlyn Levin on April 22, 2015 at 4:35pm 4 Comments

Well everyone, I did it. I sat down and pushed through my final edits. I got to a place where I feel comfortable saying it: I’m done! Now that said, I’m the type of person who thinks writing is never done—there’s always something you’ll want to change, always something that could be better. But I’m as done as I’m going to be without an editor, and so as far as I’m concerned, that’s done.

I’m someone who doesn’t like to share my work until I think it’s finished. In fact, I don’t even like to talk about it. Maybe I’m superstitious. Maybe I like to keep expectations low. At any rate, I don’t like to tell anyone I’m writing something until I think it’s finished, and then I’m ready to share. There are some people who have been waiting to read my first novel, and waiting patiently (hi dad!). It’s…

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[REALITY CHECK] - 10 Lessons I Learned My First Year as a Hybrid Author by L. G. O’Connor

Posted by Zetta Brown on April 21, 2015 at 7:30am 4 Comments

This week, my friend, fellow author, and She Writer, L. G. O'Connor is summarizing her first year's experience of being a published author. The following blog post is what inspired me to start this blog a few years ago.

I published my debut novel in 2008 and L. G. published her's just over a year ago, and as you will see, a lot has changed in the industry between my debut and hers. Whether you are an established author or just starting out, you want to read and learn from L. G. because what worked even a year ago may not be your best option today.

This post is a bit longer than normal because this isn't just food for thought. This is a primer for those of you who are about to take the plunge for the first…

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[Breakfast with the Muse] 3 Questions Never to Ask When You Start a Book

Posted by Jill Jepson on April 19, 2015 at 6:43pm 0 Comments

When a writer starts a book—or any long, complicated project—she's full of questions. Some of our questions are important ones—even essential. If we're writing fiction, we need to know the characters, their back stories, their motivations. For memoir, we may need to do a ton of research. We always have to get a feel for the voice in which we will be writing. There are many, many questions to be asked and answered as we launch our work. 

There are also certain questions that we simply should NOT be asking. These questions should not be part of the conversation, for two reasons: a) There is no answer to them, and b) They show that you are focusing on the wrong things.

Here are three.

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Poet Fanny Howe's Films

Posted "Be Again: Three Short Films by Fanny Howe", screened at Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room:

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2015/04/poet-fanny-howes-films.html

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I first got certified to SCUBA dive in 2006 in Útila, Honduras.  Since then, I make sure I can dive wherever I go. I’ve dived in Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Belize, Chile, Colombia, and Cuba.  I even plan to dive in Poland when I go to Eastern Europe in a couple of weeks.  All of these dives were either shore or boat day trips out to sites. The most I’ve ever dived consecutively is when I got certified in Honduras and dived five or so days in a row. It was amazing.

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R is for Return to Semester at Sea

Pretty much since the moment I stepped off ‘The Great White Mother’ as the SS Universe Explorer was affectionately called by its 600 plus voyagers, in December 1999, I was plotting my return.  Never has an experience changed and formed my life path more then that of the voyage around the world Semester at Sea took…

Five flexible careers that single moms would love!

Being a single mom isn’t the easy by any means. Fulfilling the responsibilities of both the breadwinner and the care giver, each an enormous responsibility within themselves, takes an immense amount of courage and fortitude. Difficult as this is to pull off, the whole process can be smoothened out a great deal if the single mom’s career is has a degree of flexibility about it. With shared custody, limited resources, and ever changing schedules in the child’s life, a single mom has to be able…

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