My first library was a book-filled van parked outside the schoolyard. The bookmobile lady handed me four books, which seemed like a miracle to the third-grader I was at the time. Now, just approaching the entrance to this Scottsdale, AZ, library makes…Continue
Debut novelists are warned not to treat our books as if they were prized, long-awaited babies. I’m guilty as charged – but, after all, I spent 13 years researching and writing and rewriting An Address in Amsterdam. It’s the story of a young Jewish woman who joins the…Continue
Coming up is the great celebration of writing, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Time for me to clear a writing space on the cluttered catch all table in my kitchen that I use during NaNoWriMo.
Added by Patricia Robertson on October 20, 2016 at 6:45am — No Comments
I've written more than once in this space about the maddening (yet seemingly ubiquitous) trend of using "I" when "me" is the correct pronoun. If presidential candidates can't even get it right, I wonder what hope there is for my good grammar crusade. But I refuse to give up!
While not as common as the I/me error, nearly every day I hear someone make a similar mistake regarding she/her and he/him. Here's a refresher lesson about the difference:
"He" and "she"…Continue
Added by Maria Murnane on October 24, 2016 at 7:41am — No Comments
I’m not picking on my brother-in-law, but he’s the latest person to have asked me this question: Can you write something for me? This familiar and frequent question is usually preceded by, “You’re the writer”… as if we writers are the only ones…Continue
What was I thinking?
Months after I committed to publishing my memoir, Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters, I was writhing in self-consciousness, wondering why I felt the need to do it. I obsessed about it when I woke up in the morning. I pondered it…Continue
Yesterday I received a rather desperate email newsletter from an indie author in which he essentially begged for people to review his book on Amazon. I empathized with him because I know firsthand how difficult and frustrating it can be to get reviews, especially for self-published books. But then the author did something that made my jaw drop, and not in a good way. In his plea he encouraged us to give his book a positive review--even if we hadn't read it!
Added by Maria Murnane on October 17, 2016 at 6:51am — No Comments
When people find out I’m working on a book, they invariably ask that question I dread.
“So, what’s it about?”
My wildly differing responses have ranged from the terse -- It’s about identity – to the rambling: It’s a young-adult novel about a teenage girl who loses her father in a fishing accident. He’s lost without a trace, so she doesn’t have proof of his death, which isn’t all that unusual in fishing accidents . . . Anyway, she hears stuff about her…Continue
Added by Pam McGaffin on October 11, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
I'm in the middle of writing another romance novella, the latest installment of "The Affair with Mr. X." It's hit a little snag, so I thought I’d take a break and tell you about a post I did for Angela’s Booth’s Fab Freelance Writing blog entitled,…Continue
I think it's safe to say the mobile app developer I used to work for didn't hire me because of my experience as a poet, but because of my knowledge of social media and my prior experience with converting technical jargon into something the general public could understand. My official title was Senior Copy Editor and I spent most of my days reviewing text and providing suggestions for error messages, tutorials, infographics, and even occasionally for…Continue
Added by Bernadette Geyer on October 4, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Tackling a writing project in a journalism class is an entirely different monster than working on a paper for an average English course. A clashing standard is expected from you, and you'll probably find that many of the rules you've been taught since you were in grade school are now flipped on their head.
There's nothing wrong with going through this process. It's going to be difficult, but you'll slowly learn how to market yourself in the…Continue
Added by Cassandra Bondie on October 4, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Patricia Robertson on September 21, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
“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…Continue
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.
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…Continue
Added by A.D. Vuittonet on September 12, 2016 at 2:19pm — No Comments
CAROL K. WALSH
Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go.…Continue
Added by Carol Kurtz Walsh on September 4, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
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…Continue