Featured Blog Posts – December 2015 Archive (20)

[SWP: Behind the Book] A Mother-Daughter Book: From Challenges to Possibility



My mother and I wrote a book together. No small feat for a mother and a daughter. But we are kindred spirits and we wanted to write a book about the need to revive the art…

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Added by Irene Allison on December 30, 2015 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

Last Chance To Give To The Girls!

Imagine if, in high school, you had had a mentor working with you every week on your writing, thoughtfully reading your words, providing feedback and encouragement, and supporting you on on your journey as a writer through high school to college and beyond.

How life-changing would it have been for you?

Now imagine you are a girl of color in one of New York City's five boroughs, living in a low-income neighborhood, attending an underfunded, overcrowded school, and facing…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on December 30, 2015 at 12:04pm — 1 Comment

One Thing That Moves You

It's resolution time, and whether you commit to annual resolutions religiously, or you believe they don't merit a special time of year, the year's end provides a unique opportunity to consider where you've been and where you're going.

I work with writers who want to publish, which means that the goals we set forth are two-fold: to finish the work-in-progress, and also to consider new ways to nurture and grow author platform. Finishing a book is…

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Added by Brooke Warner on December 29, 2015 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

You've Finished Your Book; Now What?

 

This week, I finished writing a book. It's the first in a trilogy so I know what my next project will be, but I remember what it's like to write a one-shot or finish a series. You start to wonder what you should do next. Should you start on your next book? Maybe edit the one you finished? There are many things you can do once you finish writing your book, whether it's your first or your tenth.



 Edit. Editing sucks, I know. It…

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Added by Ashley Earley on December 26, 2015 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

How Writing Saved My Health and Happiness ♡

For the longest time, I lived a life that wasn’t truly my own.

This led to finding myself rolled up in the fœtal position on the floor of my Park Avenue office with fists clenched in such intense pain I thought I’d pass out.   I was in my early thirties and, according to society’s standards anyway, living the dream: working as a corporate lawyer on Wall Street, negotiating multi million dollar transactions while dressed to the nines in the…

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Added by Isabelle Laflèche on December 23, 2015 at 9:00am — 12 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Write Like It's A Real Job



This isn’t the first time I’ve written about this topic, and I suspect it won’t be the last. Just today I had to fend off an invitation from a neighbor to go have coffee. I like my neighbor; she has been a friend for a long time. She runs a dance studio, so recently her days and weekends have been jammed with Nutcracker rehearsals and performances, so when she called, she just wanted to catch up after finally coming up for air. I like her, I…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on December 21, 2015 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

5 Tips for turning your day job into a novel

 

We had the opportunity to chat with Lindsay Cameron, author of BIGLAW. Lindsay's debut novel tells the story of a young NYC lawyer climbing the partner-ladder. It's been called the next The Devil Wears Prada and Harper's Bazaar recently named it a must-read. BIGLAW also won a 2015 USA Best Book Award and the film rights have been optioned. Way to go,…

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Added by Kristin Bustamante on December 16, 2015 at 1:13pm — 5 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] How to Create a Fictional Setting by Michelle Gwynn Jones

I read many manuscripts where very little detail or description is given. I think many authors are (mistakenly) told that readers don't want too many details because they don't want to have things dictated to them. Readers want to use their imagination to fill in the blanks.

That's bunk. While too much detail and description can bog down the pace of a story, the reader still needs adequate description to frame the…

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Added by Zetta Brown on December 15, 2015 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

[SWP: Beind the Book] Kidnapped by a Muse

The first time I sat down to make notes about the book that had been churning around inside me, it was to be quick and casual. Maybe 45 minutes, I thought. I was still in my nightgown and robe, barefoot—an unsuspecting target.   

            I wrote…

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Added by Jennifer Dwight on December 14, 2015 at 6:30pm — 23 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Unfolding in Light: A Sisters' Journey in Photography and Poetry

Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry is an artistic collaboration between two sisters, a photographer and a poet. It invites readers to discover the beauty, simplicity and spirituality that flow through hands. It offers a vision of hands as symbols and archetypes, allowing the numinous to shine through the mundane. 

Unfolding in Light is about connection, opening a wider lens to community: the…

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Added by claire scott on December 14, 2015 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

When Writing A Book Is Fun (And When It's Not)

Writing my latest novel, “DC Trip,” was really an exercise in laughter and letting loose.  That has not always been my experience with writing.

 

My first book, “Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom,” was a memoir that took a lot out of me emotionally and psychologically. I believe writers live several times: first, when we live an actual event; next, when we write about said…

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Added by Sara Benincasa on December 14, 2015 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

[BREAKFAST WITH THE MUSE] Four Promises to Make to Your Writing at Solstice



It is helpful to think of your writing as a living thing—a breathing, thinking being with a life outside of yours. You don’t have to adopt a mystical mindset to imagine your writing as alive. It is a metaphor that will deepen and enrich your writing life. Most of us feel like our writing has a mind of its own. It can seem stubborn at times, generous at others, shy when we don’t want it to be—even cruel on occasion.

I often communicate with…

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Added by Jill Jepson on December 14, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

[Body, Mind & Spirit] One Writer's Christmas Wish: Serenity

Lately I’ve been practicing a meditation where I breathe in the “hard” stuff I’m experiencing and breathe out the “good” stuff. I breathe in my fears, anxieties, and struggles, and breathe out love, joy, and calm. I imagine the hard stuff as thick, black smoke, take it in, and when I breathe out, I exhale a brilliant, white light. This practice resembles the Buddhist meditation practice,…

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Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on December 13, 2015 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

The Art of Submission: Submitting to the Work

Have any of you read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert? If you haven’t, you should, because I can almost guarantee it will inspire you in some way. The thing that did it for me? When Gilbert described having an affair with your creative work:

 

“Sneak off and have an affair with your most creative self,” she writes. “Lie to everyone about where you’re actually going on your lunch break. Pretend you’re traveling on a business trip when secretly you’re retreating in order to…

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Added by Emily Lackey on December 9, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

What Should Authors Expect to Earn?

A funny thing about authors: they’re not a modest bunch. Even the most humble, down-to-earth authors I know have wild expectations about the potential their book has to be a best-seller; to earn out; to change their life. I get it. A lot of authors pin their dreams on their books, and there’s something beautiful about that. And while no aspiring author needs to be denied hope, or to be told not to dream big, I’ve seen the flip side of soaring…

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Added by Brooke Warner on December 8, 2015 at 11:30pm — 9 Comments

5 Reasons She Writes and SWP Support Girls Write Now—And Why The Girls Need Your Support, Too.

Next spring, She Write Press will proudly publish its Passion Project for 2016: the annual anthology for Girls Write Now. Girls Write Now is a New York City based nonprofit that combines mentoring and writing to change the lives of teenage girls, and, as a mission-driven company dedicated to empowering women writers, we couldn’t be prouder to be the girls’ publisher next spring.

However our support…

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Added by Crystal Lee Patriarche on December 8, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

The Fear of Judgment

Judgment is never fun. We put in the long hours. We lay our thoughts and hearts on the line, eager (and at times, less-than-eager) to drink in the responses from family, friends, and the public. But what if we don’t receive overwhelming praise? What if we don’t receive praise at all? What if our skills,…

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Added by Alicia M. Smith on December 8, 2015 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Time for a Holiday Book Marketing Campaign!

Who doesn't love receiving a gift in the mail? I certainly do! And book lovers do too. Now that the holidays are approaching, why not put together a list of target readers for your work and send them a signed copy to curl up with on the couch? You never know what it might lead to.

I once…

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Added by Maria Murnane on December 7, 2015 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

[SWP:Behind the Book] Writing Start with the Backbeat

You probably have a novel inside of you somewhere.

Yes.

You.

The story in my debut novel, Start with the Backbeat, was like that. It lurked inside me for decades and finally came to paper a couple of years ago.

 

I've been a writer since I was six when got my first pink plastic journal book with the easily breakable brass lock. I scribbled all through my adolescence, wrote for the school newspapers, studied…

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Added by Garine Isassi on December 3, 2015 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

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