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Experience Required: Be All the People You Can Be

Posted by Anjali Mitter Duva on October 19, 2014 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

(Originally posted on, an excellent literary site featuring authors who first published over the age of 40. As they say, "Late" according to whom? )

In my grandparents’ dining room in a suburb of Boston, there was a shelf devoted to the books by our family members. My grandfather was a poet—a witty, brilliant one, but also humble and unpractical, and so although there should have been many by him, there was only one book with his name on it, a delightful volume of light verse titled Shrinklits. Then there were books by my uncle…


The Mindsets that Keep You From Starting (and Finishing) Your Book: Part I

Posted by Alissa Johnson on October 17, 2014 at 11:00am 1 Comment

Perhaps this sounds familiar: You have an idea for a book, and writing it feels like your next step as a writer. But you think about it more than you write. You can’t get past the first few pages, or you’re sidetracked by questions (memoir or fiction? real names or aliases?). Maybe you can see how it ends, but you can't get it there. You might even have a full draft tucked away in a drawer—you haven't looked at it in a long time, but it's always on your mind.

You're not alone. As a writing coach, I frequently hear from writers about their books and their frustrating lack of progress.

“If only I had more discipline,” they tell me. “Then I would finish my book.”

They sound sad when they say it, and I can hear the lack of faith in their voices. Like they'll never find the discipline. I…


[Tips of the Trade] What Makes a Perfect Book Party? Count the Ways

Posted by Ellen Cassedy on October 16, 2014 at 12:30am 4 Comments

When my friend Jackie hosted a book party for me at her home near Chicago, she did everything right. 


No surprise, given her background. As the director of The Midwest Academy, Jackie spent years teaching people how to organize for social change. 


She brought all those skills to bear as she planned and executed the book party. It showed!


P.S. A lake was involved.


Here’s what Jackie did: 


1) She stepped up and volunteered to host the party in the first place--without my asking. What a gift!


2) She knew 25 guests would fill her living room, so she figured she needed to send out at least 140 invitations. 


3) She put together a short but terrific…


[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Instantly Increase Your Followers on Instagram

Posted by Meghan Ward on October 16, 2014 at 6:00am 1 Comment

Over the past month and a half, I've given you tips on using LinkedIn and GoodReads. Today I want to talk about Instagram. Instagram has more than 200,000 million active users. Young people, in particular, are flocking away from Facebook to Instagram and texting apps like SnapChat, WhatsApp and WeChat, forming their own social networks through groups. While YouTube is still very popular with teens, Instagram is their preferred social network. Something else to note: young adults aged 18-29 are doing most of their networking on mobile devices. But does that…


Community Blog

The Manuscript Graveyard Under My Bed.

I am graced with a clear minded, articulate friend who also happens to give me feedback on my work. A blessing that, all writers know, doesn’t come often.

In a recent email exchange that…

Get All the Facts First!

Get all the facts first…before you open your mouth to criticize somebody else.

We’ve all heard it…a friend or co-worker, or even a family member spouting off about another person. “Oh, how stupid can they be? I would never do that!” Or something to that effect.

You know what? That accomplishes…

Experience Required: Be All the People You Can Be

(Originally posted on, an excellent literary site featuring authors who first published over the age of 40. As they say, "Late" according to whom? )

In my grandparents’ dining room in a suburb of Boston, there was a shelf devoted…

My Story and Surviving Domestic Violence - March 2010

March started out as a typical month.  Work, kids, he continued with getting custody of his son.  We had been seeing each other for 8 months now and getting into a regular routine.  He started living with me.  We still worked together on the weekends and he also got a second job as well.  He had been in the Army and spent 2 tours in Iraq front lines and then went into National Guard and as our relationship progressed…

Thought for the Day

Posted Thought for the Day, quote from Tomas Transtromer's poem 'Vermeer':


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