"Wow, Nikki--loved the interview, and your advice on writing: "I think that as women we are conditioned extremely thoroughly to adjust to what we perceive others want/expect from us, and our writing is a tender sacred thing that needs to…"
"I blogged this week about my WIP, which includes an excerpt that was adapted to be a short story and recently published in an online journal. I'd love to get some feedback on the short story and the premise for the novel. You can…"
"Laura, so glad you shared that link to interview with Claire Messud. I'd been wanting to read her newest book, and now for sure I am. I agree with her that some of the most interesting characters are not likeable at all, but they…"
"My favorite Margaret Atwood advice was #6 (frustratingly so):
Hold the reader’s attention. (This is likely to work better if you can hold your own.) But you don’t know who the reader is, so it’s like shooting fish with a slingshot…"
"I so agree, and have used E.B. White's quotation often enough myself. My background is much like yours, and I too have turned full-time to writing, believing like you, that "the two are not so far apart after all".
"Just read this article and had to share. A revealing look at the literary trials of a female author. Makes you realize not much has changed in the last thirty years, and thankful that the rise of respectibility for self-publishing may help to free…"
"Sounds good. I'll be thrilled to get some real readers' feedback. And if they like it, i can send them the 1st draft of the book, which is finished, so they won't have to wait. I'll get a few chapters…"
I'm a writer living on the Central Coast of California. I taught writing courses at local colleges for several years, wrote columns for local newspaper on social-political issues, wrote articles for Latitude 38 when our family was sailing around the world, and currently working on a novel, adventure series for middle-graders, and a short story collection.
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Hi Deborah--I think my daughters would love to read sample chapters of the MG book. MG lit is so great in part because it targets an age when adults still read with kids, so it has to appeal to both. I so enjoy the books we've discovered over the years. Maybe if you email me your sample chapters (whenever you're ready) as a PDF, I can get them onto my Kindle--or just print out. You can email me at khaupair [at] msn [dot] com. My only concern is that if they love it, they will not be happy to have to wait to read the rest!
Deborah--I really enjoyed reading some of your blog posts, and would love to read the middle grade adventure series with my daughters (8 and 11). Your experiences sailing around the world sound fascinating. While I'm envious of you living on the Central Coast (I grew up in Los Angeles and was an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz, so I'm familiar with the gorgeousness of what's in between), but as global warming reclaims shoreline, I do think sailing will be the best way to revel in the intermingling of land and sea.
Thank you for the warm welcome Deborah. I'm happy to be here, and I look forward to getting to know you and your writing. What an amazing journey it must have been to sail around the world! It's a pleasure to have people such as yourself on this wonderful website.
We're delighted to have you join us in the novelist group. If you haven’t done so already, you might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion. We do a live chat Wednesdays at 1 EST, with instructions on how to participate in the "Our Water Cooler" box near the top of the group page. And we save the wall for discussion, but welcome links to helpful blog posts on the “Links to Helpful Blog Posts for Writers” discussion thread and to published books in the “Our Published Novels” one. I hope you’ll enjoy the group.
Hi and let me be one of the first to welcome you to Shewrites. This is a terrific site, tons of resources and innovative info. As my own bonus, you have access to my teaching site and free teachings on memoir. Just click here and sign up. No spam, I promise. Just great teaching tips. Enjoy! XO Jennifer
Deborah, Just waving hello. If you’re looking for places to connect here, we’d love to have you join us in the Novelists (Struggling or Not) group.
Hope you enjoy it here, and best of luck with your writing.
Meg Waite Clayton Moderator, Novelist Group Bestselling author of four novels, including The Wednesday Sisters (a writing group novel), and the forthcoming The Wednesday Daughters (all Random House/Ballantine)
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