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Writing the Big Thing: Moving from "Story" to "Book"

These questions have been on my mind for quite a while:

Why did I spend twenty years working on short stories as opposed to novels? Is it nature or nurture? Am I really predisposed to write short stories, or do I write them because it is the only prose form for which I received explicit instruction?

How do you write a novel? And how do you teach a class on how to write a novel?

Is our current and much discussed… Continue

Added by Cathy Day on October 26, 2010 at 3:14pm — No Comments

Where The Rain Is Made (Paranormal Shifter) Nominated by Authors After Dark!

Crack open the champagne (or in my case Starbucks with cream) and celebrate with me.

My latest Erotic Romance Where The Rain Is Made (Paranormal-Shifter) has been nominated for a Bookie Award by Authors After Dark. I'm thrilled and honored whenever one of my books is up for a big award.



Added by Keta Diablo on October 26, 2010 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow

Driving back from our beach place last Sunday I was enthralled by Weekend Edition host, Liane Hanson’s interview on NPR with Gary Golio and Javaka Steptoe, the author and illustrator of Jimi Sounds like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix. I was enveloped in a myriad of colors and sounds listening to this interview. The delicious descriptions of this charming book provided a glimpse into the hues of young Jimi’s rich imagination. How he “played in colors” he tried to make his… Continue

Added by Liz Kitchens on October 26, 2010 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Abby McCormick--an heir of the famous McCormick family--takes the helm of Harris Theater in Chicago

Her mother was an old-school socialite who once airbrushed a soon-to-be-ex-son-in-law out of a photo.

Added by Shia Kapos on October 26, 2010 at 12:49pm — No Comments

On Loss

A little stream of consciousness moment...

Sleep always evades me when I need it the most. It’s like when something that belongs to you keeps popping up everywhere in the house and you don’t give it a second thought, then suddenly you need it, start looking for it and it vanishes. People and things have a habit of doing that, especially when you take them for granted. You don’t realize the value of something, or someone, until you lose them. It’s a harsh way of learning a… Continue

Added by Arwa Salah Mahmoud on October 26, 2010 at 12:08pm — No Comments

STRONGER THAN SIN Release & Contest

It's finally here!

STRONGER THAN SIN has hit bookshelves and is available online at various vendors. Join me for the rest of this month and all of November as I celebrate the release of STRONGER THAN SIN with some very special contests and an assortment of giveaways! But first, take a moment to watch… Continue

Added by Caridad Pineiro on October 26, 2010 at 11:35am — No Comments

NaNoWriMo 2010 Soundtrack Release!

My fingertips are tingling in anticipation of NaNo...only one week to go. One thing I do for my WIPs to help me get in the mindset of the story line is to create a "soundtrack." The songs I picked out really capture the spirit of key scenes and characters. In a similar way that people put together a play list for the gym or meditation, Listening to my WIP soundtrack helps me travel to into the fiction and set the mood for my writing.

Even if you're not doing NaNoWriMo (and you know… Continue

Added by Lyla Campbell on October 26, 2010 at 11:11am — No Comments

Maya Angelou and Phenomenal Women

Do you want to feel good about being a regular woman? Go to and listen to Maya Angelou recite her poem "Phenomenal Woman."

Added by Marina DelVecchio on October 26, 2010 at 11:09am — No Comments

My Plan for NaNoWriMo

It's that time of year again. The time of year when aspiring novelists get all worked up about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This will be my fourth time participating in NaNoWriMo. Everytime I participated in the past I started out of the gate happy, shiny, and optimistic. Sometimes I kept that enthusiasm going for two weeks. But then I'd let doubt creep in and I would inevitably get off track. I skipped last year. But… Continue

Added by Roxanne on October 26, 2010 at 11:04am — 21 Comments

Art Shots - Part One

I am not a photographer. I know nothing of that particular art. However, I could barely take three steps in a row in Liguria without being overcome with the sheer loveliness of it all.

This is just your basic storefront. (I know. Not as eye-catching as the local Safeway or Albertson’s around here, though I do give Fry’s some credit for clustering baskets of mums together next to the employee break bench near the front door.) We passed… Continue

Added by Susan Pohlman on October 26, 2010 at 9:44am — No Comments

NaNoWriMo Fever-Count-Down to Literary Madness -6 Days

First Tweet of the day: @WrimoSea 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 six days till NaNoWeen kick-off party at #Denny's in #Overlake #inSeattle! #NaNoWriMo.

The first time I heard about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) was in 2003 during Dorothy Allison's workshop at Centrum's Port Townsend… Continue

Added by Judith van Praag on October 26, 2010 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

5 Essential Core Values Lead Your Journey to Writing Success

Rebecca Rodskog, a change management coach and consultant, continues her journey with Monique Fields, a.k.a. Honeysmoke, our Passion Project winner.

I am a lucky girl. As one of the coaches on the Passion Project Team/Prize, I am lending my expertise to the talented winner, Monique Fields, AKA "… Continue

Added by Passion Project on October 26, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

A survivor born

The car stopped rolling, landing on the drivers side in the middle of a field and I surveyed the scene. I could feel a warm trickle of blood running down my face from forehead from where I had hit it on the passenger window. The windscreen looked like it was about to fall out. The roof of the car was in bad shape. Above my head the strong point was seared through. I shook my head to clear it and looked at him. He was shaking, his hands gripping the steering wheel. I pushed the windscreen and… Continue

Added by Charlie Tyler on October 26, 2010 at 7:39am — No Comments

Letter Writing? Eraser not required

When was the last time you wrote a letter? I mean, a real, genuine, hand-written chatty letter? For me it’s been several years since I put pen to paper. I e mail just about every single person I know.

The other day I decided to mend my ways and purchased really good quality writing paper. I also bought myself a lovely new pen. Not a fountain pen, I’m afraid. Does anybody use a fountain pen these days? !

I sat myself down at the desk and began to write to a long- lost… Continue

Added by Sandra Staas on October 26, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Got Choice?

Today's posts features the work of Columbia University professor Sheena Iyengar who travels the world to study how people make choices. I've included two videos: one of Iyengar discussing her book, "The Art of Choosing", and the other an 18-minutes talk about Iyengar's research. It's fascinating.

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on October 26, 2010 at 6:18am — No Comments

Vicissitudes of the Reader-Writer Relationship

Yesterday afternoon I finished reading Sheila Kohler's novel Becoming Jane Eyre. The book was an unexpected gift from a close friend, who had recently seen Kohler read and who said to me, "She isn't an idiot." This is fairly high praise from this particular friend, who is a writer himself, and a self-demanding one. He has not himself read Kohler's book, nor has he read Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre recently. (It's possible that he's never read Jane Eyre; he's not a… Continue

Added by Dawn Potter on October 26, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Q&A with The Lit Coach, Part Two

Part Two of Q&A with The Lit Coach is up! This one is dedicated to a young writer who has been discouraged from seeking an agent ("because they won't take us seriously") and approaching the publishing world in general ("because our voices will change and we'll regret publishing now").

Erin Reel, The Lit Coach, was formerlly a Los Angeles based literary agent. She has contributed… Continue

Added by Erin Reel on October 26, 2010 at 5:52am — No Comments

Folk Wisdom for the Modern Age

At meeting this past Sunday a Friend's message asked for help. Specifically she described a particular situation that was troubling her, namely the latest development of our militaristic society, the way that technology-based warfare can create atrocities just as easily as human hands. In so doing, she asked for specific prayers from those gathered for worship. I believe she was lamenting, in part, how human achievement can be so useful and so destructive at the same time. Many Friends rose to… Continue

Added by Kevin Camp on October 26, 2010 at 5:31am — No Comments

Veronika Decides to Die

Reposted from The Writerly Habit

There are some books that seem to stick with you. Veronika Decides to Die, by Paolo Coelho, is one of them. I'm realizing how cliche that sounds so I had better explain. I'm talking about books that you read once but for some reason, it pops up in… Continue

Added by Brandi Ballard on October 25, 2010 at 11:57pm — No Comments

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