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What was your blog post about today?

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Comment by Brenda Moguez yesterday

10 Steps to Becoming A Damn Good Writer

Ever stop and think about what it takes to be a damn good writer? I am sure there are more than ten steps, but it’s start and list worth building. 

Comment by Lorraine Duffy Merkl on Monday

Job Change: From Stay-at-Home-Mother to Stay-at-Home-Daugher

Comment by Frances Brown on Friday

Hi All! New member here. Mother of three, including a set of twin boys (yikes!). But they're all grown up now, and I'm enjoying the wonderful experience of being Grandma. 

I write women's fiction and nonfiction. My memoir, Maternal Threads, is all about the mother-daughter experience. Coming soon from High Hill Press.

Interested in getting to know all of you! 

Comment by Tania Pryputniewicz on September 23, 2014 at 9:25am

When is it Appropriate to Share Your Writing with Your Children? She Writer Ashley Grill (thanks so much Ashley) wrote up a guest post for us at Mother Writer Mentor based on the conversation started here--drop her a comment on the blog if you have time today...

Comment by Eva Lesko Natiello on September 21, 2014 at 2:37pm

Much is being said these days about Amazon and its role in publishing: here's another take:

The Other Side of Amazon: How my Self-Published Thriller got downlo...

Comment by Tania Pryputniewicz on September 16, 2014 at 7:05pm

@Rhonda, thanks for the support--preparing the family is the new plan...and that's additionally an interesting point--about potential emotional tempests in response to negative reviews...ongoing opportunity to grow, I guess--right? Such a different process: the quiet creation of the work, vs. the public sharing where others get to chime in. I wish us all luck and grace with that part of the journey as it unfolds. Thanks for thinking about it with me.

Comment by RYCJ on September 16, 2014 at 2:47pm


Glad you loved my post. Your post, and comment below is something writers must think about. In general most books, or any book for that matter, no matter how delicately the work is worded, will evoke different emotions in readers. This is what books do, so preparing your family is a reasonable step.

FYI. I still think about that one author whose family, fans and spouse sort of lost it when they met with some 'negative' reader reactions.

Comment by Tania Pryputniewicz on September 16, 2014 at 9:53am

Darlene, my children are a bit younger...the teen girl is just hitting the adolescent bloom; my concerns sort of reach backwards in time; the poems I'm worried about her reading are the ones about date rape. I would love it for her to be 18 or older before she reads those. Of course, the book comes out in November. I have to remember that the book is 90 pages long; maybe 5 of those pages are that graphic. So it is easy to focus on the few I'm anxious about. I think I'm more worried about someone else saying something to her, but I think I will just talk to my immediate family about that.

Comment by Tania Pryputniewicz on September 16, 2014 at 9:48am

Prior guest blogger Alexandria Peary looks at 19th century editor Sarah Josepha Hale's methods for helping women writers and connects them to the work being done here at She Writes, VIDA's Her Kind, and Mother Writer Mentor. Is is rich with anecdotes and history--I learned a lot just by cruising Alex's source list. Link to article in its entirety here: Bloggers in the Textroom: Alexandria Peary Defines a Lineage of Fem...

Comment by Tania Pryputniewicz on September 16, 2014 at 9:46am

Loved it Rhonda--amazing to have had opposition at age four--and to have persevered! Enjoyed your post--


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