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[SWP: Behind the Book] Criticism and Perseverance

Posted by Eileen Flanagan on September 14, 2014 at 6:00am 3 Comments

I was excited as I drove to visit Ellie, a member of my writer’s group, who had offered to read the first draft of my memoir. On the phone, she’d said she was enjoying it, so I was ready for a big ego boost, like that scene in the film Sophie’s Choice when Nathan is so impressed with the first draft of Stingo’s novel that he pulls out a bottle of Champaign and declares him a literary genius. That is not what happened at Ellie’s. 

A writing teacher and author of her own memoir, Eleanor Stanford said I had too many themes and not enough…


[What's Next?] Asking the Right Questions

Posted by Caitlyn Levin on September 10, 2014 at 5:30pm 10 Comments

Hi everyone! I’m really excited about this week’s post for a lot of reasons, but there’s a biggie that’s the main source of my enthusiasm: The final early readers are done with my book, and they’re ready to sit down with me and talk about it.

I’ve had some initial comments from them, of course. Vaguely positive, which is good! Now that I’m gearing up to sit with them and really flesh out the problems they found with the text, I’m thinking about what questions I want to ask. I have specific things that I’ve been nervous about and working on through different drafts, so of course I want to see if those come up naturally, or if the readers picked up on them. But I’m also wondering if there are questions I don’t know I should be asking. I don’t know what I don’t know. You know?

I have…


[REALITY CHECK] The Publisher-Author—the Reality vs the Dream by Marci Baun

Posted by Zetta Brown on September 10, 2014 at 7:00am 5 Comments

This week it is my pleasure to have my friend Marci Baun as my guest. Marci is the owner of two publishing houses, Wild Child Publishing and Freya's Bower. She is also an author, editor, mother, athlete, and owner of a gorgeous gold dress that comes out on special occasions.

Marci knows all the ins and outs of e-publishing because she is one of a handful of publishing houses that has been around for years (fifteen to be exact)--long before Amazon and NYC started throwing their weight around in this part of the industry. 

But she can also relate to living the life of an author and trying to juggle life, creativity, and business at the same…


I vs. Me

Posted by Maria Murnane on September 9, 2014 at 9:18am 0 Comments

I often hear people use the pronoun "I" when they should be using "me." Here's a quick lesson on the difference between the two.


"I" is a subject pronoun, which means it should be used only when you, the speaker, are the subject of the sentence, i.e., that you are DOING something.


For example:

  • Yesterday I decided to write this blog post
  • Today I am writing this blog post
  • Tomorrow I will read this blog post


"Me" is an object pronoun, which means it should be used only when you, the speaker, are the object of the sentence, i.e., that someone ELSE is doing something to you, with…


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Being Positive in a Negative World Class Starts 9/24


“Being Positive in a Negative World” helps you learn to look for the positive in all situations and to help you stay more positive and happy as we move through life. This three week class includes unlimited personal email coaching, one 30 minute phone consultation, as…

Good Morning!

Good morning everyone! It's a new day; it's still dark outside but in the stillness you can feel the greatness that is our Universe. It sits, waiting for you to ask it. Ask it for what you want. Don't be afraid to step up. If you listen really carefully, you can hear it whisper to you.."ask me..."
Make it…

7 Tips for the Uninspired

I’m in Maui this week—on a family vacation I’ve long been anticipating for all the things Hawaii conjures up: relaxation, letting go, even inspiration. But for too-busy people, letting go can be a lot like detoxing, and instead of feeling inspired, I’ve felt unexpected longings, for…

. this time .

last year we had a fire,
chill autumn. this
year it is warm. swallows

last year we had an upset,
this year it is warm. swallows

these are the falling days.


Kill Your Darlings

No dolls harmed in making of this post :-)

A visual take on a classic piece of writing advice, courtesy of my a former writing classmate, Michael Lipoma:…


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