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…Continue
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...
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:Continue
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…
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…Continue
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…Continue
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>>…Continue
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…Continue
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?
ISBN means International Standard Book Number. An ISBN is a number, used like a serial number so that bookstores can…Continue
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
"Always fall in with what you're asked to accept.Take what is given, and make it over your way." — Robert FrostContinue