Featured Blog Posts – August 2016 Archive (24)

It's Hard to be Creative When You're in Pain

I intend this blog to be about my life as a person who is disabled (chronic migraine disease) and a writer. When I wrote the first post for this blog, I thought I'd post every two - maybe three - weeks. So I haven't made a good start, given that my first post was more than four weeks ago.

My excuse is that it's August in Washington DC: hot, humid, air quality so bad we're all warned to stay indoors if at all possible. And my migraines are always worse in hot, humid weather. So that…

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Added by Carol D. Marsh on August 30, 2016 at 2:03pm — 4 Comments

The Time it Takes to Write a Book is the Right Time

 

 

I am writing this blog as I’m finalizing my book, The Inheritors, Moving Forward from Trauma.  It has been a seven-year journey researching, writing, and the never-ending editing.

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Added by Gita Arian Baack, Ph.D. on August 30, 2016 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

5 Daily Habits of Highly Productive People

Unless it's Sunday, I've got a lot to do that day.  During the week its work house work and Saturdays its errands cleaning cooking.  Each week our task lists grow.  What gets me is the leftover tasks.  The things I was supposed to do yesterday or last week that are still lingering.  That's why I HAD…

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Added by Stephanie LaTorre on August 30, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Eight Effective Ways to Use Social Media to Promote Your Content

Writing compelling content isn’t easy. It can take a lot of hours to research and create clean, effective prose and on top of that you’ve got a whole bunch of time ahead of you promoting the stuff. Fortunately, the world of social media exists and it’s a powerful tool to promote your content to the…

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Added by Carolyn Williams on August 30, 2016 at 6:32am — 2 Comments

I Know It In My Heart:Walking Through Grief with a Child

 

Behind the Book

My niece was 15 the first time I asked her.  We were waiting for her Dad outside his Chicago high rise office. With a familiar fluid motion, she hoisted herself up onto the base of a concrete sculpture and sat, swinging her legs, while I stood beside her.  I was unexpectedly nervous.

“I’m thinking about writing a book, Liamarie, about our time together when your mother died. How would you feel about that?” I…

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Added by Mary E. Plouffe on August 29, 2016 at 7:14am — 6 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] An Italian Sabbatical

Last year, my husband Angelo went to Italy for six weeks. We called it a sabbatical because it sounded better to our friends and family who would have thought we were crazy if we told them the real reason: he needed to go back to his hometown and reconnect with the Italian part of himself. We’re not big…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on August 26, 2016 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

7 Tips on How To Sell Books on Kindle

This post was originally published on March 11, 2014.

First of all, why should you listen to me, an unknown author, tell you how to sell your book on Kindle? A little more than a year ago, I was a semi-retired professor of U.S. Women’s history who, besides a few academic articles, had never published a thing. What I did have was a manuscript of an historical mystery I had written 20 years earlier, based on my…

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Added by M. Louisa Locke on August 24, 2016 at 4:00pm — 31 Comments

Leaving the Memoir Behind

Letting go of a process that has been so much a part of my life – a healing process that has sustained me for so long – feels like letting go of an old friend, or a therapist.  But it is time for me to leave the memoir writing process behind. I spent years coming to terms with life issues and taking the time to write my memoir, The Full Catastrophe. I know it will continue to inspire others to do the healing they need to do and to take…

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Added by Karen Elizabeth Lee on August 24, 2016 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

What Makes a Good Author Bio?

Many debut authors don't know what to put in their bios. That's understandable! In fact, I recently met a debut novelist--I'll call her Lucy--whose bio at the end of her book was one line long. It said exactly this:

This is Lucy's first novel. She lives in San Francisco.

She laughed and said she knew it wasn't much, but she had no idea what else to write. She had't won any awards. She'd never written anything before. She didn't feel she had…

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Added by Maria Murnane on August 22, 2016 at 8:10am — 7 Comments

Writing Novel #2 is Not Easy

My first novel, Appetite, was published in May, and I’m on page 83 of my second novel. It’s growing slowly, mostly because I am busy marketing novel number one. Marketing requires a different kind of writing than fiction does, more didactic and less poetic. I find it hard to switch back and forth—to jump from magazine articles, social media posts, questions-and-answers for interviewers, etc., into my new characters’ inner lives. But I can do it. And I confess it’s not only the…

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Added by Sheila Grinell on August 20, 2016 at 10:22am — 1 Comment

Is your Book your Baby or your Employee???

Many months ago, on The Creative Penn blog, I read an interview with a prolific writer who wrote a book practically every month. As part of the interview, Joanna Penn and this author talked about the common practice by some of treating their manuscript like a baby, a creative baby. They agreed that maybe for the first few books that was okay, but in order to grow as a writer, a writer needs to write, get past agonizing over each book and put it out there for others to…

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Added by Patricia Robertson on August 16, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

when you're ready for a developmental edit

In 2014, I was yearning for the light, an awakening to the other side. I wondered if I had reached the next step – a developmental edit – after consecutive critiques over the years of life my memoir had been living. But it was this last rewrite when I spotted a glow through a few encouraging words. I want to share my journey with those who are experiencing a similar scenario; there is a developmental edit at the light on the other side.…

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Added by Nancy Chadwick-Burke on August 15, 2016 at 11:10am — No Comments

Don't Review Your Own Book

As I've mentioned before, I read a lot about book marketing and publishing. The other day I came across an article about an indie author who had recently published a novel about baseball. I love sports and thought his book sounded interesting, so I looked it up on Amazon. There were just two reviews, one of which was five stars and had the title: Great book. Among other glowing things, the review said the book was "a nice easy read for kids of all ages" and "well worth the time and…

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Added by Maria Murnane on August 15, 2016 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

[SWP: Behind the Book] The Fear and The Hope; The Doubt and The Trust

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

― Paulo Coelho

For any of you out there that have read other posts on She Writes or just about anywhere else that writes about writing, you will have read about the self-doubt, about fear, and finally as Susan Jeffers describes it, about “feeling the fear and doing it anyway.”

I had a dream of writing  a book for many years; of getting published, of talking about…

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Added by Patti Clark on August 13, 2016 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

An Author’s Guide to Praise and Endorsement Best Practices



I get an inordinate number of questions about what the industry fondly calls “blurbs,” and here I attempt to cover them all with a detailed list of how authors can approach soliciting and choosing, and everything in between. In today’s book marketplace, blurbs still matter to publishers and the industry at large, in part because they’re a bit of a holdover from a bygone era and publishing is big on tradition, and in part because household names…

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Added by Brooke Warner on August 12, 2016 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

Why Reading Makes You a Better Writer

When I first signed with a literary agent several years ago, she told me to read as much as I could because it would improve my own writing. I never forgot that advice, and while I have always loved to read, after that I began to read with a different eye.

I enjoy a variety of genres and always have a book on my nightstand (or on my Kindle), and with each one I learn something that positively affects my own work. Sometimes it's the way an author uses details such as colors, sounds, or…

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Added by Maria Murnane on August 10, 2016 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

What I Do While Waiting on Responses From Agents & Publishers

    Every writer reacts differently during the time they send out submissions to agents and publishers. But this is how I react and spend the time while I wait on responses about my book. I have serious mood-swings during this time...



 Right After Sending Submissions: Yes! I finished my novel, revised it, wrote a query letter and now I've sent out my first submissions. This is awesome!



 10 Seconds Later: Okay...Now I'm really nervous. What if no one…

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Added by Ashley Earley on August 10, 2016 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Why you should submit to writing contests

We chatted with Eden Werring, writer and nonfiction contest editor for LUMINA, about how writing contests, while scary, can actually be a great tool. Here's what she had to say:

As a writer, you might live on the inside. Alone, most of the time, with your own imagery, stories, ideas. But then there’s the urge to bring your writing into the world where others can experience it. When you feel this way, consider submitting…

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Added by Kristin Bustamante on August 9, 2016 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

[Body, Mind & Spirit] Celebrate Your Writing Accomplishments!

It’s easy to race from one writing goal to another without stopping to acknowledge a job well done. After all, there’s always more work to do. But it’s important, at times, to pause and relish your achievements, to let them sink in. Otherwise life becomes a state of urgent, perpetual striving.

 

In the past, my M.O. has been to move full steam ahead. But lately I’ve learned how to rein in the racing horses of my mind. To be present and still and to honor milestones. I…

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Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on August 8, 2016 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

How to Write a Kissing Scene

 

Yup, this is what we're talking about today. Kind of glad that I'm not a vlogger because I can hide behind my computer this way.



 What kind of kissing scene are we talking about here? Are we going for the hot and steamy? The gentle, lingering kiss? The gentle kiss that suddenly becomes rough and desperate? The kissing scene that you write will depend on your book, and your characters, and the situation.



 Yes, the situation is…

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Added by Ashley Earley on August 6, 2016 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

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