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Pamela Olson commented on the blog post '[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: Are you sure you want to write a page-turner?'
"This is a really excellent point. The best books I read tend to take quite a while to read, as I put the book down and pause every now and then, absorbing and collating a new image or idea into my own thread of perceived reality. Page turners with…"
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Pamela Olson commented on the blog post 'On Leaving the Boring out of your Book'
"Thank you both for your kind words. I guess I'll keep writing books as interestingly as I can -- and try to keep in mind for myself at least that it's the cloth-of-gold under the sackcloth of reality. (And hey, I like sackcloth, too --…"
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Kelly Hayes-Raitt commented on the blog post 'On Leaving the Boring out of your Book'
"Pamela, so true!  One of the truisms I teach is:  "Good writing is in the details;  great writing is in the details left out!" Loved Fast Times!  Perfect detail balance... Kelly…"
Nov 21
Pamela Olson commented on the blog post '[Breakfast with the Muse] Why Writing is My Spiritual Path'
""Impatience doesn’t work for writers. A desire for sudden, easy success is deadly for us. One of the first lessons writing taught me was that if I didn’t know how to wait with serenity and calm, I didn’t have what it would…"
Nov 20
Karen Szklany Gault commented on the blog post 'On Leaving the Boring out of your Book'
"I very  much enjoyed your perspective on story-telling, and enjoyed the first chapter The Bracelet. Thank you for sharing."
Nov 20
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On Leaving the Boring out of your Book

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,…See More
Nov 19
Pamela Olson commented on the blog post '[The Art of Submission] When to Submit Again'
"A quote from my advisor when I was studying physics in college:“Maybe that’s why more guys are in physics. The trick is, pretend you’re not confused.”So maybe that's the answer for us, too: Pretend we've been…"
Nov 18
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On Leaving the Boring out of your Book

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,…See More
Nov 18
Karen Patricia Attman liked Pamela Olson's blog post The First Draft as Scaffolding
Nov 18
Pamela Olson left a comment for Nina Angela McKissock
"Thanks, Nina! Luckily my novel has a pretty straightforward, linear timeline, so that's not much of an issue. The tricky part is dripping the backstory in at the right times to keep the action moving forward but also keep the characters…"
Nov 17
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Kelly Hayes-Raitt commented on the blog post 'The First Draft as Scaffolding'
"After reading Fast Times in Palestine, I believe you'll conquer this new genre, Pamela!  Among other things, you're a terrific storyteller.  I look forward to reading your next book....I hope you enjoy the freedom fiction allows…"
Nov 14

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Who I am:
I'm from small-town Oklahoma, studied at Stanford, spent a semester in Russia, worked a summer in China, and began to realize travel, writing, and politics were my passion. In 2013 I published my first book, Fast Times in Palestine, a work of travel adventure memoir journalism about my years as a young journalist in the Middle East. Read more about it here: http://pamolson.org. I blog at http://fasttimesinpalestine.wordpress.com

I'm now working on a novel called The Bracelet: A Novel of Freedom. Learn more about it (and pre-order!) here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/202629088/the-bracelet-a-novel...
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
http://pamolson.org
http://fasttimesinpalestine.wordpress.com
Facebook: pamolson4
Twitter: PamelaJOlson
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Book I've written: Fast Times in Palestine, Simple eBook Formatting for the Technophobic Author

Book I've contributed to: Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Media outlets that I currently write for:
Mondoweiss.net
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Journalism, Blog Posts
Services I offer to other writers:
Freelance editing, ghostwriting
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Not yet, but I'd like to find one
I found out about She Writes from:
Nancy Kricorian

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At 6:34pm on November 13, 2014, Nina Angela McKissock said…

Good to realize someone else is deep in the fear of writing a novel. I have two I'm writing. One is as a ghost writer, and it's killing me. It's a wild, wild task and keeping it together is so disorienting at times. Do you use index cards, hang notes or have some way to maintain your timeline? Thank you.

At 7:10pm on October 23, 2014, Fran Sorin said…

HI Pam- Thanks for your kind and supportive words...so nice to connect with you. 

At 9:23am on August 14, 2013, Deborah Siegel said…

So nice to "meet" you Pamela! Thanks for your sweet note. I'm doing a reading at Women and Children First Sept 19 on some similar themes as my TEDx talk - would love to meet you live, if you're in Chicago! Hope you're doing well.

At 3:49am on June 18, 2013, Niki Tulk said…

I'll definitely keep you posted! Peace ...

At 9:50am on February 9, 2013, Kamy Wicoff said…

Glad you are here, Pamela!

At 4:52pm on January 26, 2013, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Pamela, congrats on the book coming out. For 1st Books, I'm afraid I'm booked on into the summer. Sorry!

Meg

At 1:14pm on January 24, 2013, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Pamela, Welcome to 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 at 1 EST on the first Wednesdays of each month, 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.

Meg Waite Clayton
Novelist Group Moderator
Author of The Wednesday Sisters (a nationally bestselling writing group novel) and the forthcoming The Wednesday Daughters (Random House/Ballantine)

At 7:07pm on January 11, 2013, Geena Bean said…

Thanks, I had the same experience regarding my children's picture book.  At times, my design team didn't provide quality control of the book, but when I called to address the issue, they fixed it.  Even though it took them quite a few times!  But I'm very happy with the outcome of my book.  I'm hoping that now I can begin my mission as a children's book author, leader and mentor with my self-published work.

At 5:26pm on July 24, 2011, Jill Starishevsky said…

Hi Pamela,

 

Welcome to SheWrites. Feel free to reach out if you need anything. 

 

Jill Starishevsky

Author, My Body Belongs to Me

http://www.MyBodyBelongstoMe.com

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Pamela Olson's Blog

On Leaving the Boring out of your Book

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 3:14pm 3 Comments

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…

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The First Draft as Scaffolding

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 1:00am 6 Comments

After finishing a memoir, I had the crazy idea to write a novel next, which is basically the opposite of a memoir. Memoirs have all the raw materials in place—the characters, the settings, the action. The writer ‘just’ has to string them together so they express some idea or lesson or theme. In fiction, you start with…

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Book Tour USA: Week One (+Giveaway)

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 12:30pm 4 Comments

It’s Day 4 of my book tour, and I’ve slept in a different bed every night so far. A leaky air mattress on a floor in Mountain View, a couch in Marin, and a comfy spare bedroom in San Francisco. Luckily my other hubs will involve only two or three cities near each airport instead of seven!



My first event was basically a warm-up, a talk over dinner with some Stanford students at a co-op house where 50 students live. Half the students left as soon as they finished their vegan burgers…

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Nationwide Book Tour: A Peek Inside the Sausage (+ Giveaway)

Posted on March 10, 2013 at 11:30pm 18 Comments

When I heard the words “nationwide book tour,” I used to imagine working an hour or two every day for several weeks and spending evenings in fancy hotels, all the while being hounded by adoring fans. Sounded pretty sweet.



Well, it may be that way for the superstars, but for the rest of us, a spring book tour begins in November, with planning, research, pitch letters, and reaching out to friends and contacts in various cities.



So there I was in November staring at a…

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