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Q&A with The Lit Coach

Just posted a new installment of Q&A with The Lit Coach on The Lit Coach's Guide. This session's topics incude: the importance of following proper format guidelines for fiction and nonfiction submissions; how to balance your work/family/creative life; and whether or not you should disclose your work has been professionally edited.

Erin Reel is a publishing consultant and writer's life… Continue

Added by Erin Reel on November 29, 2010 at 6:27am — No Comments


I love spas. I love facials and massages and manicures and pedicures. I love the Zen feeling you get when you walk into a spa and are handed a cool glass of water with the floating lemon slices. The calming harp music always makes me more aware that I need less stress in my life and more essential oils.


Added by Lanita Moss on November 29, 2010 at 6:14am — No Comments

Member News Week Ending November 27, 2010

Marianne Schnall's new book, Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness, and Finding Your Own Voice is now available.

Elena Schwolsky's essay Searching for Pina in Havana is included in the anthology Storied Dishes: What Our Family Recipes Tell… Continue

Added by Member News on November 29, 2010 at 6:02am — 1 Comment

NaNoWriMo Takeaway Edition: 8 Great Lessons from the Race against the Word

Andrea Collier, our unfailing and unflailing NaNoWriMo Correspondent, hits the mark with time to spare and shares her last few tips for getting it--meaning, writing, not merely NaNo--done. JOIN US IN CONGRATULATING HER!

DAY 29: It isn’t November 30 yet, but I am officially done. 51,000 NaNoWriMo words placed in a file that will become a novel.… Continue

Added by SheWriMo Shares All on November 29, 2010 at 5:53am — 3 Comments

Chandra Hoffman: Dawn Chorus

Chandra Hoffman blogs about being a mom who finds a way to make time for writing on Meg Waite Clayton's 1st Books.

This week's guest author, Chandra Hoffman, published Chosen - her debut novel - this summer. Best-selling author Ann Hood calls it "riveting ... enlightening, terrifying,… Continue

Added by 1st Books on November 29, 2010 at 5:30am — 11 Comments

Interview with Poet Ami Mattison

Today I'm featuring the first of a multi-part interview with poet and She Writes member Ami Mattison.

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on November 29, 2010 at 4:49am — No Comments

The Expense of Snowy Weather (and some more photos)

As you can see from my header photo, sheep always look dirty in the snow. Their fleeces appear a dark creamy colour. At least it makes them easy to find. But it also means twice as much work for the Farmer when he has to ride round the fields with feed in the form of silage bales. This also means having to spend twice as much money on fuel We put red diesel in the agricultural machinery, i.e., tractors and combine, and of course white diesel in our cars.

Please continue to see more… Continue

Added by Kathryn Brown on November 29, 2010 at 3:29am — No Comments

I Write To Believe

I find myself in another social network trying to get the momentum of searching for the lessons I need to learn in getting my creative life back together. I think I introduce myself differently every time but I suppose it's also a good thing to keep practicing my introductions because it is like repeating to myself what I know about myself as of this point in time.

I've been in a creative dry spell/writer's block for the past 5 years. I have been in and out of creative projects. But… Continue

Added by Kathy Ponce on November 29, 2010 at 1:43am — 4 Comments

A Break in the Rain, A Break in the Fog

I wake up calm again this morning. As always, I am alone. I lie still when I hear the rains have turned into a light shower outside. I listen for a few minutes and then open my eyes. The new sunlight filters through my open-slitted blinds and becomes soft finger-strokes on my face.

I use my elbows and legs to half-sit up in my peacock-blue flanneled bed, huge pillows at my back and shoulders. I pull my soft sheets and striped… Continue

Added by Kelly Fitzpatrick on November 29, 2010 at 1:01am — 1 Comment

Just in time for Christmas!

The Civil War Brides Series, Books 1-3 available for a special price and FREE shipping.

Check out my website for details.

Added by Tracey Jane Jackson on November 28, 2010 at 8:41pm — No Comments

My Dad - The Ghost

The end of the year is always difficult for me emotionally. With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas looming just a few weeks away, I find myself thinking of my late father and missing him deeply. Time has not changed that, but dad, always a loving and considerate man, did find a way to let me know he is never far away.

When my husband and I met thirty-six years ago, my father had already been dead six months. My mother kept no pictures around the house, and I had not even a wallet… Continue

Added by Donna M. Carbone on November 28, 2010 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Story structure – the secret of compelling storytelling

If I had to pin down the single most important secret of powerful storytelling, it would be structure. Here’s why

This week I hosted a forum on the Facebook group Writers Etc and kicked off with this discussion about story structure. Here it is, slightly expanded, buffed and clarified…

Good storytelling is about grabbing the reader, making them care, worrying them, disappointing them, cheering them up, giving them hope, making them… Continue

Added by Roz Morris on November 28, 2010 at 3:21pm — 1 Comment

The Golden A**hole Award for the Individual Making the Greatest Contribution to Civility in the Legal Profession

Priming Legal Negotiations is the winner of this week's Golden Asshole Award. /* An autographed copy of A is for Asshole, the Grownups' ABCs of Conflict Resolution will be winging its way to author Carrie Sperling, Executive Director of the Arizona Justice Project today! Excerpt… Continue

Added by Victoria Pynchon on November 28, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Hunger Theory (Poem)

There's a Picture Prompt Poetry Challenge at One Stop Poetry today. Anyone may participate. I've just posted my contribution: "Hunger Theory".

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on November 28, 2010 at 1:56pm — No Comments

Kate Atkinson: Bouchercon 2010

I owe a lot to Kate Atkinson. She wasn’t by any means the first crime writer I read, not even the one who has most influenced me. As a child my bookshelves were filled with Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and Trixie Belden mysteries. I would grow into my grandparents’ shelves, which were lined with Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Louis L’Amour, Patricia Highsmith, True Detective magazines, and lots of pulp. With another grandmother, who… Continue

Added by Jane Hammons on November 28, 2010 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Voting for the very first time

Today was the first time I ever voted in any election in Egypt. I, along with the vast majority of the Egyptian population, am well aware of the blatant rigging of elections by the government, and had refrained from voting in the past for that very reason. But something made me go register to vote in the parliamentary elections this year, and so...

I found myself standing in line from 7:45 am until 1:45 pm before I was allowed into the 6th of October polling station to cast my… Continue

Added by Marwa Elnaggar on November 28, 2010 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments

Thought for the Day

Today's Thought for a Day comes from "Devi Prayer: Hymn to the Divine Mother". Included is a video recording of the prayer.

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on November 28, 2010 at 9:27am — No Comments

The Fine Line Becomes A Publisher

I'm delighted to announce that, in addition to our editorial service and audio writing course, The Fine Line is now, officially, a publisher. We've got our own ISBN, Nielsen listing, and all our titles will be catalogued and held at The British Library. Our first title, The Pocketbook of Prompts: 52 Ideas For A Story will be available within the next… Continue

Added by Kate Gould on November 28, 2010 at 4:37am — 2 Comments


There is a definite autumn chill in the air, even here in the sunny, Sonoran Desert. Unfortunately in Tucson fall doesn't bring the impact of changing colors of autumn leaves, but change none the less happens and I am thankful that our changing of color happens in the sky. This time of year brings the beauty, the majesty and the wonder through the sun in almost every sunrise and sunset.

There is nothing more peaceful than driving west as the sun slowly slides into the horizon and… Continue

Added by Lisa Oyler on November 27, 2010 at 11:24pm — No Comments

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