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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…


Are These Four Beliefs Keeping You from Starting Your Novel?

Posted by Jill Jepson on July 29, 2014 at 7:30am 14 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…


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

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


[1st BOOKS] Robin Black: There Was Only Moving Forward

Posted by Meg Waite Clayton on July 25, 2014 at 7:00am 0 Comments

Robin Black’s debut novel, Life Drawing, is an Indie Next pick for August, and on the long list for the Flaherty-Dunnun First Novel Prize. Claire Messud calls it “at once quiet and memorable.” Robin’s story collection, If I loved you, I would tell you this, was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize. Her stories and essays can be found on The Rumpus, O. Magazine, and The Chicago Tribune. And if you are giving any thought to MFA programs, this post is for you. – Meg

Life Drawing Cover By the time I applied to the MFA program at Warren Wilson College, I was just shy of forty-one…


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My Brother's Girlfriend will have the Baby Tomorrow

It's the moment we've all been waiting for. As long as it doesn't grow up to be a social worker, I will not have lived in vain.

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30 Deadly-Effective Ways to Free Up Bits, Drips & Gimungously Vast Swaths of Time for Writing

This post originally appeared on my blog, Madam Mayo

Where do you find the time? (Was it hiding in the crawlspace?) It’s not so much finding time as it is prying your physical presence and attention away, either permanently or for a spell, from someone, something, someplace less valuable to you—if you really do want to…


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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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