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Think Depletion, not Depression

During my thirties and forties, I had a number of books of daily meditations. The idea was that by reading these positive reflections every day, eventually I would internalize their message and change negative thinking patterns. I read them faithfully for years.

I remember one meditation that spoke of depletion and depression. When starting to feel down, the reflection encouraged the reader to think depletion rather than depression. If we are depleted,…


Added by Patricia Robertson on September 21, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

[SWP:Behind the Book] The Road Less Traveled

Lesson learned.

It was one of those rare and beautiful October days that we get here in the Pacific Northwest. My husband Michael and I had anchored the night before in a secluded cove on our trawler with a half-dozen other late fall boaters and sailors. After breakfast on the boat we rowed our small dinghy to the shore for a day hike.

Without a map, we ventured into the deep woods of the largely uninhabited Cypress Island and relied on…


Added by Ashley Sweeney on September 25, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

My Memoir's Published! The Emotional Roller Coaster of Month One

“An emotional roller coaster!” That’s how one reader described my memoir, The Sportscaster’s Daughter. The same could be said of the book’s first month of publication.

The official publication date was August 23, but it seems that only the likes of JK Rowling can keep those boxes sealed until the release date (friends advised me Amazon preorders had shipped the week before). So my local book club had an early, impromptu gathering. I advised them: they were only invited if they…


Added by Cindi Michael on September 18, 2016 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Behind the Book: Four Big Lessons I Learned Between Book 1 and Book 2

When my debut novel was published by She Writes Press in 2013, the publishing was new to me. I made a bunch of mistakes. I had a few successes. My second book, a memoir, will launch in May of 2017. I know more now than I did for Book 1. It seems like a good time to reflect on a few of the biggest lessons I learned.



Added by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder on September 1, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

[Body, Mind & Spirit] Ask For What You Want!

A few weeks ago I received an email from Jack Grapes, my old writing teacher and mentor, who published my poetry book in 2008. Jack is a well-known…


Added by Bella Mahaya Carter on September 19, 2016 at 1:52pm — 8 Comments

Travel: The Key to Writing Genius?

I have had a lifelong obsession with the works of Ernest Hemingway. What classics-obsessed writer hasn’t at some point come across his work and marveled…


Added by A.D. Vuittonet on September 12, 2016 at 2:19pm — No Comments







Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go.…


Added by Carol Kurtz Walsh on September 4, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

How to Find a Book Editor

So you’ve written your magnum opus. You spent the better half of the last year (or two, three, four...) pouring your imagination and heart into writing a book and now you’re ready to find the perfect editor to, well,…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on September 13, 2016 at 11:01am — No Comments

From The Margins Onto The Page: Writing Truth To Power

Success is scarier than failure for me. It took me years to figure this out. It took even more years to recognize when and how I got in my own way. It was usually through some sort of minimization of my accomplishments or efforts, a decision to change course midstream, running away or giving the big F-U and heading out the door. Years of trying to meet people’s expectations and please others at my own expense were a way of life. When I wasn’t doing…


Added by Ellyn Roberts Bell on September 11, 2016 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

6 Benefits of Blogging

Whenever I complain about not having enough time to do everything I think I need to do–family responsibilities, writing and publishing books, writing articles and submitting them to magazines, marketing, maintaining my website, and blogging—my husband, the accountant, asks:

“What has the potential to make the most money?”

“Well, my books.”

“Then do that.”

He has a hard time understanding why I put so much time and…


Added by Patricia Robertson on April 12, 2016 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Nail That Elevator Pitch

If you're an aspiring author, get ready to hear the following question approximately 10 billion times:

"What's your book about?"

As you already know if you've already written a book, pretty much everyone and anyone in your life will ask you that question, from people you know well to people you just met in the waiting room at your dentist's office. So it's really important to be able to answer it quickly.

Short and sweet. 

Make it count. 



Added by Maria Murnane on September 12, 2016 at 10:51am — 6 Comments

Seven Do’s and Don’ts of Constructive Communication with Your Editor

So, you’ve hired an editor for your book. Congratulations! You’ve just tackled one of the most important steps in the prepublication process. Now, the trick is to sustain that momentum so you can reap the benefits of this new arrangement. The tips below will help to set you up for success as you move forward into what will ideally become a fun and fruitful…


Added by Annie Tucker on September 5, 2016 at 10:44am — 9 Comments

That Vs. Which

On the heels of my post about when to use "who" vs. "that," today I thought I'd address an equally thorny differentiation: "that" vs. "which." 

Mind you, somehow I managed to receive a degree in English without learning the difference between "that" and "which," so don't feel bad if you have no clue. It wasn't until I was in graduate school that my friend Debbie laid it out for…


Added by Maria Murnane on September 6, 2016 at 8:02am — 3 Comments

The Best Writing Advice Changes Everything

This summer I was invited to the Mendocino Writers Conference, where at the opening reception in downtown Mendocino (where one can’t help but evoke Jessica Fletcher of Murder, She Wrote) each presenter was asked to come to the microphone to share their best piece of writing advice. I was…


Added by Brooke Warner on September 2, 2016 at 9:30am — 12 Comments

How My Dog Changed My Outlook on Life and Bettered Me as a Writer

I’ve been writing for the last 15 years of my life, albeit at least 10 of them as a closet writer (it took me a long time to gather up just enough courage to begin blogging and ghostwriting). Through all of the years, I often struggled with feeling just a bit out of place. Writing during those times was my solace.  It was a way for me to freely express myself without fear of being judged or…


Added by A.D. Vuittonet on September 7, 2016 at 7:40pm — No Comments

Why an Alcoholic Like Me Shouldn't Write a Memoir

Perhaps you were once the type of alcoholic-addict who drank and used drugs the way I used to: as much and as often as possible. Maybe you got comfortable driving under the influence as well as lying to friends and family about how much and how often you used. You may have convinced yourself that you were just…


Added by J.A. Wright on September 6, 2016 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments

I Know It In My Heart:Walking Through Grief with a Child


Behind the Book

My niece was 15 the first time I asked her.  We were waiting for her Dad outside his Chicago high rise office. With a familiar fluid motion, she hoisted herself up onto the base of a concrete sculpture and sat, swinging her legs, while I stood beside her.  I was unexpectedly nervous.

“I’m thinking about writing a book, Liamarie, about our time together when your mother died. How would you feel about that?” I…


Added by Mary E. Plouffe on August 29, 2016 at 7:14am — 6 Comments

Eight Effective Ways to Use Social Media to Promote Your Content

Writing compelling content isn’t easy. It can take a lot of hours to research and create clean, effective prose and on top of that you’ve got a whole bunch of time ahead of you promoting the stuff. Fortunately, the world of social media exists and it’s a powerful tool to promote your content to the…


Added by Carolyn Williams on August 30, 2016 at 6:32am — 2 Comments

Choose Your Title Carefully

When I started writing my memoir, I gave it the working title “Five Years and Ten Months.” It was actually more than a temporary title; I was committed to it. In the first chapter I had depicted the ambivalence I felt on my wedding day towards marrying a man who had just hit me two days before. The chapter ended with the words “. . . and he slipped on the ring that I wore for the next five years and ten months.”


In an early workshop, I got feedback that the title was…


Added by Betty Hafner on September 1, 2016 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

5 Daily Habits of Highly Productive People

Unless it's Sunday, I've got a lot to do that day.  During the week its work house work and Saturdays its errands cleaning cooking.  Each week our task lists grow.  What gets me is the leftover tasks.  The things I was supposed to do yesterday or last week that are still lingering.  That's why I HAD…


Added by Stephanie LaTorre on August 30, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

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