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How Journaling Propels Me Forward

Posted by Elaine Soloway on April 16, 2014 at 6:30am 0 Comments

Every morning, after rising and making coffee, I sit on my couch with a 6" x 8" spiral notebook and a Pilot Razor Point Extra Fine pen. For at least a half hour, I record a diary of what I did the day before, dreams and nightmares, wounds and applause, plus tasks due that day. As of this writing, I'm up to page 10,380.

While that number may sound impressive, it doesn't travel far enough back. I wish the innocent little girl I once was would've grabbed pen and paper as soon as she learned to print. If I had started then, writing my memoir, "The Division Street Princess," might have required less tunneling. To fill in, I had to rely on microfiche pages of Chicago newspapers, tales told by relatives, memories that had been bolted to my brain, and my…

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[TIPS OF THE TRADE] How Many Readers is Enough?

Posted by Ellen Cassedy on April 17, 2014 at 12:30am 9 Comments

How many readers is enough? 

 

Five panelists at the AWP conference in Seattle (February 26-March 1, 2014) posed this question and tried to answer it. 

 

“How many readers will it take to feel I haven’t wasted my time?” asked moderator Valerie Vogrin, who’s at work on her second novel. 

 

After considering the question from various angles and with various degrees of seriousness, she (perhaps tongue in cheek) came up with a figure: 150.

 

More numbers:  

  • Virginia Woolf thought 1,500 readers was a lot.       
  • For a university press, two or three thousand…
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[Making the Leap] Singing Like Amy

Posted by Julie Luek on April 15, 2014 at 12:00pm 9 Comments

When I was younger, like in high school younger, I used to sing a lot. I wasn't all that bad, back in th’ day. Of course, when I sang with the school choir, I sang with my choir voice. When I sang alone in my bedroom using the hair brush as a microphone (oh come on, you did it too, admit it), I tried to sound like Barbara Streisand or whoever was on the radio at the time.



Back in high school a group of my friends formed a band. Someone played guitar, another friend played the drums, and like all high school bands, we thought they rocked the joint. To my delight, they invited me to sing with them for a performance (just once, now that I think about it). After our show a friend’s mom who had been in…

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From the First Self-Publishing Summit to a First Self-Published Book, Part 2

Posted by Renate Stendhal on April 15, 2014 at 5:30pm 2 Comments

Baby Steps in Platform Shoes

Continued dialogue between Kim Chernin and Renate Stendhal

 

Kim: Let’s call this blog post “Stumbling onto a New Path.”…

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Community Blog

What's in a Butch's Purse? Humor and help for those being persecuted!

What's in a Butch's Purse and Other Humorous Essays is now available for pre-order (print edition) for $7.50 including shipping and/or instant download as an iBook or as ePub format for $2.99. I am donating 100% of the proceeds I earn to help the LBGTI population in Uganda to escape persecution or…

If You Have An Author As A Friend, Be Prepared...

If you have a friend who’s an author, be prepared:

 

She will expect you to read her new novel, even when you say you the last novel you read was last summer—that one about billionaire sex or vampires, though you don’t want to admit this to your friend, who has written a serious literary novel.

She will say that you don’t have to read it and really mean—she wants you to buy her novel.

 

She will…

Saturday Short

Today's short is a teaser for "A Life With Asperger's", an animated documentary directed by Jaime Ekkens.

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2014/04/saturday-short_19.html

Five things that stop you writing

Is it procrastination-ville where you live? These are some of the top things that stop me writing:

5. Family members and pets! There is always someone demanding my attention in some way if I am writing. I can’t lock myself away in another room (the cats try to break the door down), so I try to occupy them with a nice warm fire or computer games (for the OH, not the cats), before I start.

4. TV! The call of trashy TV or Big Bang Theory is hard to resist. “I’ll just watch one…

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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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