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The Inspiration for The Black Velvet Coat

Posted by Jill G. Hall on October 6, 2015 at 5:25pm 12 Comments

It’s been a long journey but my first novel, The Black Velvet Coat, was just published by She Writes Press. After a twenty-plus year career as a public school educator, I turned to writing. With my background, I thought I’d compose a children’s book or a classroom memoir, but that’s not what happened at all. To learn how to write I began to attend a weekly prompt based drop-in writing group. Writing in community helped keep my pen to the page and continue going even when I wanted to stop.

Months later I tried on a coat at a yard sale, loved it, but thinking it was too fancy, passed on it. That night I dreamt about it and early the next morning I knocked on the neighbor’s door; then it was mine. Shortly thereafter, the coat showed up on my writing practice pages with Anne, a San…


[REALITY CHECK] - What Does It Mean to Go Mainstream? by LeTeisha Newton

Posted by Zetta Brown on October 6, 2015 at 6:44am 5 Comments

As promised, this week on [REALITY CHECK] is the follow-up post of LeTeisha Newton's "Interracial Writers and the Problems We Face."

If you write about or have a cast of interracial and/or multicultural characters and fear of being typecast or finding yourself on the receiving end of (unwarranted) criticism about your characters and your credentials to write about them, LeTeisha's previous post raises the questions: "What can you do about it?" and "What do you mean by mainstream?"

Read this post and see how LeTisha has found a way to reach a broader audience without limiting herself to genre--or demographic. It's a simple solution and…


The Blank Page: 3 Tips for Starting Something New

Posted by Kamy Wicoff on September 29, 2015 at 3:07pm 6 Comments

My first novel, Wishful Thinking, came out in late April, but as any of you who have published books traditionally know, that means I finished it nearly a year before that, and had done most of the heavy lifting, writing-wise, even longer ago. It has been years, in other words, since I was caught up in the maddening, wondrous, joyful struggle that is writing a book, and I am more than ready to dive back into it. Having been in "promotion" mode for the last six months, which sometimes feels a bit like being in a really loud bar trying to be heard as you talk and talk until your voice gets hoarse (though don't get me wrong,…


The Art of Submission: On the Importance of a Writing Tribe

Posted by Emily Lackey on September 30, 2015 at 11:35am 6 Comments

I read a short essay recently by Janis Cook Newman about holding regular writing dates in her house. Once a month she and a group of writing friends gather in the same room to write quietly together. Her tribe, she calls them. The essay stresses the importance of creating that kind of community as a writer, and I couldn't agree more. But when it comes to writing, sitting around in a circle while everyone else is frantically inspired does not sound like fun to me. 

I love the idea of the type of tribe that Newman suggests we all have, but I seriously doubt the logistics of it. As a wirter who has been apart of more writing groups that have fallen apart than I care to consider, I've come to…


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