There is the blank page. We all know about that one. The void all intrepid writers face when we are about to begin a full-length writing project, the intimidating primordial blankness which, at the start, appears as insurmountable and pitiless as The Wall in Game of Thrones. Then there is the blank screen, which,…Continue
Confession time: I come across in my memoir as more collected and clever than I really am, and my life seems more exciting and interesting than it actually is.
This is due not to dishonesty — everything in the memoir is true. It’s because of the nature and structure of storytelling. Unless there’s a…
While some of us are hot and sweaty and in the middle of NaNoWriMo-ing, laser-focused on their plot and word count, there are those of us who are easily distracted. We find our eyes wandering away from the keyboard or notepad.
The other day as my eyes wandered away for the Nth time, they rested…Continue
Added by Zetta Brown on November 19, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
People often ask me what the term "digital marketing" means. In my opinion, it's pursuing any online exposure that will help potential readers find you. Digital marketing can be an effective way to spread the word about your book because it doesn't cost much - if anything - more than your time and energy. Here are two examples:…Continue
Added by Maria Murnane on November 18, 2014 at 9:14am — No Comments
We are home. The final flash has been posted. As to the whistle stops, by the time we had boarded the train back to New York City, we were more concerned with the issue of connections—would we make ours in Chicago—than whistle stop videos. Which is too bad. I had a lot of shifts in attitude on the trip. Being…Continue
When you write regularly, it becomes such a fundamental part of the way you live that you cannot conceive of your life without it. At some point, you discover you are unable to separate yourself from the act of writing or think about yourself other than as a writer. —Writing as a Sacred Path …Continue
I don’t know where I read this. And now, after a night of scouring Google, I can’t find it for the life of me.
But trust me.…Continue
After finishing a memoir, I had the crazy idea to write a novel next, which is basically the opposite of a memoir. Memoirs have all the raw materials in place—the characters, the settings, the action. The writer ‘just’ has to string them together so they express some idea or lesson or theme. In fiction, you start with…Continue
Consider this a special invitation to submit to CLOCKHOUSE, a young literary magazine published in partnership with Goddard College and our alumni. A poem from our first issue (written by Amy King) was given a Pushcart special mention, and the lists of contributors in both issues 1 and 2 (recently released) are stellar. It’s a great read, and one of the few literary journals that embraces dramatic writing, too. Click on the link to read an interview I did with M.T. Anderson in…Continue
I looked at my watch.
“About 6 minutes,” I said.
Which wasn’t exactly true. I had been an attorney, which seemed like an entirely different profession from…Continue
My friend Cathy Livingstone wrote a clever (and useful) book called Bubbe, Mimi & Gigi: The Best Grandmother Name Book Ever. The guide recently received a glowing review in grandparents section of About.com, which described it as "a perfect gift for a grandmother-to-be and an especially cool way to let a mom know that she's about to…Continue
Added by Maria Murnane on November 11, 2014 at 9:23am — No Comments
Oprah’s Life You Want Weekend this past Friday and Saturday was already shaping up to be an amazing experience for me months ago. I floated the idea to my client-turned-friend Mark Nepo that I’d love to fly up to Seattle see him on tour. I don’t even…Continue
In January of 2013, I signed a deal for my first book with G.P. Putnam's Sons, a hardcover division of Penguin Random House, one of the so-called “Big Five” publishing houses. The book is a memoir…Continue
I recently attended Hay House’s I Can Do It! conference in Pasadena, California. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision to attend what was being advertised as a “mind, body, and spirit retreat.” The conference…Continue
Ladies, I’m back in the saddle this week. You might have noticed my thinly veiled attempts at procrastinating, in which I did blog posts that were not about working on my book. This is because I haven’t been working on my book, and I know I’ve also written in the past about how…Continue
In Benediction for a Black Swan, Mimi Zollars explores the topics of childhood, children, marriage and divorce, alcoholism, and the sensual world in a series of edgy, seductive, irreverent, and ethereal poems. Incorporating elements of magical realism, Zollars’ sexy, darkly beautiful works embrace the…Continue
Added by Caitlyn Levin on November 6, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
This is less a blog post than an invitation to a discussion--a salon online, if you will. Imagine we are all gathered around a long candlelit dinner table together, or reclining on chaises in my Parisian living room. (You will definitely have to use your imagination, since my kitchen table is only big enough…Continue
Time to crack open those writing how-to books.
Time to locate all those scraps of paper or random files off your C-drive containing random snip-its of plot ideas, storylines, dialogue, working titles, and character traits.
Time when writers gather…Continue
For awhile, I was feeling grumpy because my novel wasn’t finding a publisher. Then, I felt relieved when my agent told me she’s still optimistic.
Sometimes I feel discouraged when I read lackluster passages that stare vacantly back at me from the page. But there…Continue
We've all heard the saying "you need to spend money to make money." The same applies to book marketing. Giving away books now can help you sell books later.
Gifting physical and electronic copies of your book should be part of your…Continue
Added by Maria Murnane on November 4, 2014 at 9:03am — No Comments