Featured Blog Posts – October 2015 Archive (14)

The Art of Submission: Accepting the Writer You Are

I think that each of us probably has an idea in her head of what a real writer looks like. For me, she looks like some combination of Dorothy Parker and Sylvia Plath—dedicated, devoted to language, sharp as a tack, and always surrounded by an air of tragedy. She wakes up when the sky is still black and writes, the words spreading across the page like the sun across the sky.

I also think that each of us probably has an idea of what a real writer looks…

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Added by Emily Lackey on October 28, 2015 at 6:00pm — 17 Comments

Liz Gilbert Interview, Part 2: Own your place in this world!

This post is part of a series with Elizabeth Gilbert leading up to our co-sponsored event with her: Writing, Truth and Community in Napa Valley on Nov. 7, 2015. Get all the event details and learn how to save 25% on your tickets...

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Added by Kristin Bustamante on October 28, 2015 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Writers share how they finished NaNoWriMo

Are you planning to participate in NaNoWriMo -- National Novel Writing Month? We thought this infographic from Stop Procrastinating was interesting and wanted to share. They surveyed 2000 NaNoWriMo writers to find out what kept them motivated to keep writing. Here's what they had to say:

Stop Procrastinating, the productivity website, has surveyed 2000 NaNoWriMo…

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Added by Kristin Bustamante on October 27, 2015 at 10:59am — 3 Comments

How to Come Up With a Book Title

    I know, I disappeared for a while. I'm sorry! I went to the beach with my cousins, came back with a cold, and I've been studying, but I'm back now and we're going to be talking about book titles today.



 I had the hardest time coming up with a title for The Darkest Light. I was more than halfway finished with the book before I finally thought of a title, so I know how frustrating it is when you…

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Added by Ashley Earley on October 26, 2015 at 4:58pm — 8 Comments

What Do You Do When a Character Isn't Working?

When I finished the first draft of my most recent novel Wait for the Rain, there was one character who just didn't fit into the story the way I'd imagined--or hoped--that she would. I liked a lot about her, however, so I wasn't sure what to do. At a loss, I…

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Added by Maria Murnane on October 26, 2015 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Finding a Literary Agent: Things Nobody Told Me, Part Three

This is the final installment of three blog posts in which I discuss steps I took in seeking literary representation, above and beyond that oh-so-frequently-bandied advice of “write the best book you can.” In the first installment, I discussed the process by which I set up validated Author Pages for…

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Added by Rachel E. Pollock on October 25, 2015 at 12:30pm — 9 Comments

My interview with Liz Gilbert (on Big Magic, permission, authority, her Facebook group, and more)

This post is part of a series with Elizabeth Gilbert leading up to our co-sponsored event with her: Writing, Truth and Community in Napa Valley on Nov. 7, 2015. Get all the event details and learn how to save 25% on your tickets>>…

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Added by Brooke Warner on October 21, 2015 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] The Best Part of My Book Tour

Photo:  Scherherazade Tillet of A Long Walk Home, Olivia Ortiz of Know Your IX, Ellen Bravo, and Sharmili Majmudar of Rape Victim Advocates, at Women and Children First Bookstore in Chicago.

It happened at every book talk. Someone would come up to me – sometimes a person I knew…

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Added by Ellen Bravo on October 15, 2015 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

Do You Need an ISBN?

I happened to be listening to a local radio station the other day who had a guest speaker on talking about the significance of an ISBN and I found their advice to be generic and unfulfilling. At the end of the interview, the question still remained…does a writer need an ISBN?

First, what is an ISBN?

ISBN means International Standard Book Number. An ISBN is a number, used like a serial number so that bookstores can…

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Added by Dee Ann Waite on October 12, 2015 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

The Inspiration for "The Black Velvet Coat"

It’s been a long journey but my first novel, The Black Velvet Coat was just published by She Writes Press! After a twenty-plus year career as a public school educator, I turned to writing. With my background, I thought I’d compose a children’s book or a classroom memoir, but that’s not what…

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Added by Jill G. Hall on October 12, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

[Body, Mind & Spirit] The Power of Ritual: Solidify & Celebrate Your Writing Intentions

For the past seven years, I’ve been teaching private writing classes. Teaching is a great joy and pleasure for me—and as creative an act as writing is. I love meeting people wherever they happen to be with their writing (and their life) and helping…

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Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on October 8, 2015 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

The Inspiration for The Black Velvet Coat

It’s been a long journey but my first novel, The Black Velvet Coat, was just published by She Writes Press. After a twenty-plus year career as a public school educator, I turned to writing. With my background, I thought I’d compose a children’s book or a classroom memoir, but that’s not what…

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Added by Jill G. Hall on October 6, 2015 at 5:25pm — 17 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] - What Does It Mean to Go Mainstream? by LeTeisha Newton

As promised, this week on [REALITY CHECK] is the follow-up post of LeTeisha Newton's "Interracial Writers and the Problems We Face."

If you write about or have…

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Added by Zetta Brown on October 6, 2015 at 6:30am — 9 Comments

[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] Falling in with what you are given

"Always fall in with what you're asked to accept.Take what is given, and make it over your way." — Robert Frost

This is one of my favorite quotes, something I try (often falteringly) to adhere to. It has helped me deal with…

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Added by Jill Jepson on October 5, 2015 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

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