December 2009 Blog Posts (213)

Bitchslapping the Bitch

In a time of international deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

George Orwell

It’s certainly not my style to unload unleashed anger at anyone, and my irritation with this woman came out of one sentence she wrote on Facebook, but not directly to me. She said, in a nutshell, “Newby writers who ask me questions and want my help should know that they should thank me, afterward, for my answers.” And I wholly agree. I liked to be thanked too, but if… Continue

Added by Linda Spear on December 31, 2009 at 9:15pm — No Comments

Dear New Year's Eve: The Fantasy Comes (Apart)

Dear New Year’s Eve,

Here’s the thing. You have got to be the most disappointing night of the year, bar none. And I go into you with such low expectations!

This is what we want New Year’s Eve to look like, theoretically. When we are ten or so. By the time you’re in your mid-20s, past experience with New Year’s has beaten you so far down you don’t even dream that it will be like this:

You arrive at the masquerade ball in a glittering dress, cut down to there and… Continue

Added by Margaret MK Hess on December 31, 2009 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Things I'm learning about writing

Being a writer is amazing; there is always something new to learn. 2009 has been a year with a huge learning curve for many of us.

Before August, I wasn't even sure how to spell the word blog let alone know how to post one.

I have been in my "comfort zone" of writing for so long that I kinda got my butt kicked this year. I have all these stories either in my head or in manuscript form. Why are they sitting around?

# 1 I learned by self-publishing that the door to write and… Continue

Added by Leslie S Moon on December 31, 2009 at 3:23pm — No Comments

What I learned about writing (and teaching) memoirs in 2009

1. Everyone, I mean Everyone, has a story to tell.
2. People just want to be heard.
3. Writing really does heal, if you look for the lessons in even the most painful experiences.
4. Despite the naysayers, those who call memoirs "confessional" or self-absorbed, they are as popular as ever. People love to read about how others deal with life.
5. Memoir and personal essays are my favorite form or creative writing. I always come back to it.

Added by Linda Wisniewski on December 31, 2009 at 1:24pm — 1 Comment

Memoir Lessons: Some stones are better left unturned

I left Times Square and its business of naked and boozy in the mid 80s, but like a ballplayer past his prime with just one shining season - I still live there. It was the most vibrant time of my life.

I kept records of everything–diaries, journals, calendars and phone books going back to 4th grade. Everything except the ten years that were Times Square; almost none of those records survived. Maybe they never even existed. According to Social Security one of those missing years I… Continue

Added by jodi sh doff on December 31, 2009 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Food as literature

I just finished a English Composition class that was quite interesting. Our class theme was entirely based on books and a documentary video on food. I am a confirmed foodie iconoclast, thoroughly believing that one should eat what is set before one. However, I was drawn into an impressive indictment of the “Western Diet” beginning with Michael Pollan’s tough journalistic exposure, In Defense of Food, An Eater’s Manifesto, followed by a lively documentary, King Corn, uncovering the takeover of… Continue

Added by Virginia Hinchey on December 31, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

No Resolutions

New years mean new beginnings right? It seems a like a cliche to talk about out with the old and in with the new and resolutions and yada yada yada.

That being said, I do think that it is important to reflect often and adapt to what life is throwing at you, so here are some of my thoughts for the New year (not resolutions, just thoughts):

1. My dear friend, Julie, has encouraged me to write some children's books. I am scared and thrilled at this prospect at the same time.… Continue

Added by Mendi Davis on December 31, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Memoir writing--Ten Things I learned in 2009

1. That persistence can work--I mean over ten years of writing, rewriting, changing point of view twice and almost giving up. I learned that the book sold on Valentine's Day, while I was at the AWP conference in Chicago--the phone to my ear inside a Kinko's as the wind blew outside. It was heaven, even in the chill.

2. That even though a part of me would have loved to share my finished, published book with my parents when they were alive, that their deaths(at 91 and 93 after good,… Continue

Added by Louise Nayer on December 31, 2009 at 10:59am — No Comments

What I Learned (and Relearned) About Writing in 2009

First, and most importantly: Working on scholarly papers is great. Research -- physically getting back into the stacks of a library, discovering in some awe that one's university's library actually has a whole shelf on an author you wouldn't think it might -- is deeply absorbing and wonderful. The reward of delivering a paper at a conference is both social -- you meet excellent people -- and a fresh shine on your curriculum vitae. This is not the same as actually writing poems. Panicking… Continue

Added by Gwyn McVay on December 31, 2009 at 10:32am — No Comments

Writings of an Unpublished Writer

Writings of an unpublished writer

A writer writes always--always writing, finding avenues to write, just continuing to write. Former newspaper reporter, columnist, editor of endless childrens' reports, case notes, business letters, directories, one copy of a book of personal collections--writing, writing and so on. Practice, practice, practice.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Need help

I have purchased a book called Curious Lists through Bas Bleu. I expected it would… Continue

Added by Virginia Hinchey on December 31, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments


In 2009 I learned, day after day, that spending hours publicizing left no time to think, process and produce well-developed writing. Yet I did it anyway at times.

I didn't do everything I wanted. Far from it. Balance is an ongoing saga. Being busy sure beats the alternative.

B. Lynn Goodwin
Author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers

Added by B. Lynn Goodwin on December 30, 2009 at 11:48pm — No Comments

What I learned About Writing This Year

Its been a long year, and frankly I'm glad to see it leaving us in peace. Despite the challenges I've faced, I can rejoice in many learning experiences, as well as the formation of many new friendships. Having said all that, I'll get to the good stuff and share with you the top ten things I learned about writing over the past year.

1. If you tell someone you're a writer, they will ask you what you've written that they might have read or heard of. I find this interesting on several… Continue

Added by Tamara on December 30, 2009 at 9:32pm — 2 Comments

Everything I learned about blogging I learned on She Writes

I only just started blogging in July of '09 and didn't know a thing about what I was doing. Though it was easy enough to convince myself I was writing to the air because, being the confidant writer I am, I knew nobody would read a word.

One quiet, down-trodden night I reduced myself to googling my sad, little blog, and finding nil I padded around the internet in pajamas and bare feet trying not to make my presence known. I don't know whose room I ended up in, but saw a note taped to… Continue

Added by E Victoria Flynn on December 30, 2009 at 8:54pm — 7 Comments

Line by Line Lessons of 2009

I've come to rely on the role my blog plays in my life--blog as co-conspirator, accomplice, and witness.

I've learned that that is one of ways my blog's voice has become so clear in it's intent, and mission to reflect on this chaotic choice life I'm running behind half the time.

Biggest ah-ha's this year:

1. the more I write, the more I write.

2. shorter posts illicit more responses.

3. my free verse style is fresh for people, and it is OK to mix… Continue

Added by Catherine Anderson on December 30, 2009 at 8:32pm — 1 Comment

Lessons learned under a pile of magazines

I can think of five lessons I've learned under a pile of magazines and here they are:

1) The articles in the pages of the magazines that lay piled on my living room floor, on my kitchen table, and on the desk in my office didn't write themselves. Writers researched the ideas, sent targeted pitches, and got an editor's attention. If that's how it's done, I should read those magazines, instead of leaving them all piled up like that.

2) I could invite more people over for a… Continue

Added by Jackie Dishner on December 30, 2009 at 7:57pm — No Comments

Prescription for Happiness by Judy Bolton-Fasman

For the past year I've been following the progression of The Happiness Project, founded two years ago by recovering lawyer and happiness aficionado Gretchen Rubin. Color me jaded, but when I first came across The Happiness Project, it sounded kitschy to me. But I was curious enough to follow Rubin's Facebook postings, most of which exhorted me to work on my happiness every day. A simple attitude adjustment, like telling yourself that you were happy, was the first step towards true… Continue

Added by Judy Bolton-Fasman on December 30, 2009 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

What I've Learned About Blogging in 2009






Added by Katherine Jenkins on December 30, 2009 at 6:58pm — No Comments

What I Learned About Writing in 2009

These are things I knew but have been reminded of in 2009.

1. Writers write. They may talk about writing. Think about writing. Read books about writing. But at the end of the day if you aren't writing, you aren't a writer.

2. Ass in chair. No explanation necessary.

3. Every time you face the blank page, it is a leap of faith. And it is a brand new exercise.

4.If you keep writing, YOUR voice will eventually show up. And you will love that.

5.You know how people say "it… Continue

Added by Andrea King Collier on December 30, 2009 at 6:31pm — 1 Comment

Why A Mom Should Be Buried with Her Dead Soldier Son

Added by Mona Gable on December 30, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

What I learned about blogging in 2009

One slightly jaded former technology professional-turned-math teacher + freelance writer's perspective:

1. Blogging is about as edgy as journaling (yawn) - do it for personal development or as an archive of your writing - but don't humor yourself it will produce revenue. That train departed years ago.

2. Having said that - yes, download Word Press and create a basic blog - even if it ends up gathering cobwebs between your posts . A blog (i.e. public access to some… Continue

Added by Muddslide on December 30, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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