There is the blank page. We all know about that one. The void all intrepid writers face when we are about to begin a full-length writing project, the intimidating primordial blankness which, at the start, appears as insurmountable and pitiless as The Wall in Game of Thrones. Then there is the blank screen, which, despite the fact that I compose all of my long projects on a computer, to me is different. The blank screen is what I confront when it is time to blog, and I have not a thought, idea or clue about what to blog about, and, according to the deadline I have given myself, my blog is due immediately.
I am experiencing it now, ergo, this blog. Anybody with me?
When Deborah Siegel and I first started She Writes, I had blog-o-phobia. Accustomed to spending years on a book and having months…Continue
Confession time: I come across in my memoir as more collected and clever than I really am, and my life seems more exciting and interesting than it actually is.
This is due not to dishonesty — everything in the memoir is true. It’s because of the nature and structure of storytelling. Unless there’s a good story-based reason, it’s generally advisable to skip the part where the protagonist was awkward or tired or missed the point, the seven meaningless dead ends before she found the way forward, or the nine so-so people she met before running into a kindred spirit who changed everything. Not to mention the cumulative hours she spent in line at the grocery store or where she went to get glycerin suppositories to deal with a bout of severe constipation.
All this is very innocent on the…
While some of us are hot and sweaty and in the middle of NaNoWriMo-ing, laser-focused on their plot and word count, there are those of us who are easily distracted. We find our eyes wandering away from the keyboard or notepad.
The other day as my eyes wandered away for the Nth time, they rested their gaze upon my bookshelf. I have two tall bookshelves. One has books for general reading, and the other bookcase is full of my reference books. The rest of my books are in boxes or in piles along the wall of my bedroom.
I haven’t taken any time to really study if there is an underlying theme that ties my reference books together. There could be one, and at the moment, I’d say that finding a recurring theme on my bookshelf would be easier than trying to find one in my NaNoWriMo…Continue
People often ask me what the term "digital marketing" means. In my opinion, it's pursuing any online exposure that will help potential readers find you. Digital marketing can be an effective way to spread the word about your book because it doesn't cost much - if anything - more than your time and energy. Here are two examples:
1) List your book(s) on Authorgraph
Signing books is one of the great joys of being an author. There's nothing quite like holding a copy of a book you wrote in your hands, then inscribing it for a real person who is excited to read it. The majority of my book sales come from eBooks, however, which…Continue
Look, you can keep going the way you are; frazzled, angry, rushed; generally not feeling as if you’re getting your “piece of the pie” But let me ask you this- what is it really doing for…
A quote from Rebecca Solnit's essay "The Art of Arrival" provides the Thought for the Day:
Good morning everyone! It's a new day and its cloudy and windy outside right now. he clouds are moving in the wind at a good clip and that reminds us that we, too, need to take action in our own lives to move towards our goals. So today take a step (or a few) towards what you want…
So, are you a joy to be around? What I mean is do people look forward to seeing you? Do you make them smile? Do you listen sympathetically when they talk and do you let them talk…and really listen to what they have to say?
Or do you just complain? Does your friend invite you to dinner and then you just sit…
the maggots must have got to him by now
he seeps into the carpet,
he creeps out under the door
outside the policewomen cover their faces, retching
and now everyone knows he is exists
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