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2011: The Year I Embraced Routines

Secretly, I’ve always been an organized person. But it wasn’t until this year that I abandoned my ambivalence towards routines. I feared they would sap the spontaneous, the “creative,” so I literally kept these habits in my well-labeled closets, away from my writing. But I have a three year old boy now, and I realized that if I didn’t embrace my organized side, bringing it to my whole life, including my writing, there would be no time to be creative. 

It recently struck me…

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Added by Sandra Suminski on January 3, 2012 at 7:29pm — 1 Comment

Around She Writes, January 3, 2011

Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week

 

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Unpublished Writers: Just a Few Days Left and It’s Only Offered Every Two Years!

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Happy 2012! New Social Media & Tech Services on She Writes

Happy New Year! It's a great time to try something new.

I'm psyched to launch social media and tech goodies on She Writes--with you!

 

As creatives and business professionals, most of us work, share, learn, and converse online, but we struggle to find time to do it all. I developed these goodies to help streamline, inspire, and heighten your online presence and real-life career. I will also be writing a weekly tech…

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Added by Julia Barry on January 3, 2012 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Becoming Fierce on the Page by Sage Cohen

My life and my writing changed irrevocably in 2011 when my marriage ended. In the year between my husband moving out and the divorce going through, life as I knew it went up in smoke. I quickly came to understand how my fanatical optimism had sold me on the potential of a relationship that would never come to fruition.…

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Added by Satya Robyn on January 3, 2012 at 6:01am — 10 Comments

Being a poet by Sally Read

Next year sees the publication of my third collection of poetry with Bloodaxe Books, The Day Hospital. The poems are all monologues, in the voices of elderly psychiatric patients, most of them immigrants, four of them the grown-old children of parents killed in Nazi-occupied Europe. I used to be a…

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Added by Satya Robyn on January 2, 2012 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Becoming A Writer by Orna Ross

A writer is a person who writes.

A writer is a person whose writing is worth reading.

A writer is a person in service to the ineffable creative spirit in us all that can - sometimes - be contained and expressed and passed on by the right words in the right order.

So which are you?

If you…

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Added by Satya Robyn on January 1, 2012 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

Looking Back, Looking Forwards by Fiona Robyn

At the beginning of every year, I like to choose a word to live by. 

This word represents something I'd like more of, something I aspire to, or a philosophy I'd like to become more intimate with. 

For 2011, my word was '…

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Added by Satya Robyn on January 1, 2012 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

Unpublished Writers: Just a Few Days Left and It’s Only Offered Every Two Years!

For anyone who posted a title and first line on this thread, I've put the list together for my agent. Please make sure I didn't miss anyone by looking HERE and confirming what I need confirmed there. (I'm trying to make this easy for my agent, which I hope will inure to everyone's…

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Added by Meg Waite Clayton on December 27, 2011 at 5:00pm — 116 Comments

Join our January Mindful Writing Challenge

Deliciousness. Vivid colours. Sharp smells. Fresh insight.

This is how we experience the world when we pause for long enough to engage with it.

Sliminess, too. Unease. The familiar sad pang of acknowledging impermanence. All this is part of life.

If we're not careful, we skip past so much. We…

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Added by Satya Robyn on December 29, 2011 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

DOES PHOTOGRAPHY HELP YOU "SEE" BETTER AND IMPROVE YOUR WRITING?

Does anyone else use photography to add to your observational skills in writing? I take my pocket-size Canon S95 with me wherever I go. Caught this mundane scene of a traffic cop directing people out of a garage on a gray day in Seattle. The light gathering of this camera is awesome, but even better, it made me "see" the scene with new eyes. Love to see your work if you're doing this.…

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Added by Cynthia Hartwig on December 29, 2011 at 12:06pm — 7 Comments

Goals for 2012, Part 2: Writing

As I mentioned in my previous post, I tend to be overambitious, and set more goals than I can possibly achieve. But I’d rather try to do all I can and set my sights too low. So without further ado, here are my writing plans for 2012, with my focus still on poetry (I don’t plan on this changing in 2012, but if it does, these goals can and will be revised).

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Added by Allyson Whipple on December 22, 2011 at 8:24am — No Comments

Show Me the Money: Where to Find Writers' Grants

Platita para la micro, y una moneda de....?? 細かいお金 by * Cati Kaoe *



I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I couldn’t have written Epistolophilia without writers’ grants and research fellowships. A number of different arts agencies and…

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Added by Julija Sukys on December 29, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 83

Quirky Genius Turns Literary Kingdom to Mud



“They ask me to tell why an author like myself can become popular. It is very easy everybody keeps saying and writing what anybody feels that they are understanding and so they get tired of that….they do not know it but they get tired of feeling they are understanding and so they take pleasure in having something that they…

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Added by Renate Stendhal on December 28, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

10 Tips to a Happier 2012

For the past twenty years, I have shared one of my favorite guides, Life’s Little Instruction Book, as part of my New Year’s Eve celebration.  The book is made up of tips and advice that help one lead a fuller, happier life.  Some of my favorites include, “resist the temptation to buy a boat” and “compliment three people a day.”  Traditionally, each person I am celebrating with adds a tip to the end of the book.  One year, my brother-in-law added, “conserve water, shower with a…

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Added by Jill Starishevsky on December 28, 2011 at 10:53pm — 41 Comments

RAM Jewels: My 2011 Retrospective

from my RAMJewels Blog


This is about the time when we all make New Year’s resolutions — whether we keep them to ourselves or declare them to the world. As I reflect on 2011, I am extremely grateful for my many blessings. Though my sales didn’t reach the level…

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Added by Rabihah A. Mateen on December 27, 2011 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Keep your chin up!

If you're reading this blog, there's a strong chance it's because publishing a book is very important to you, whether you do it independently or with the help of a traditional publisher. In fact, it might be the most important thing you've ever done or will ever do. It's definitely the most important thing I've ever done, and I'm extremely proud of being an author.

While you may be extremely passionate about your title of "author," however, not everyone is going to…

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Added by Maria Murnane on December 27, 2011 at 7:48pm — 2 Comments

Around She Writes - December 27, 2011

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How Long Should a Book Take to Write? (On a Writer's Natural Rhythms and Pace)

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Added by Mary Keating on December 27, 2011 at 10:26pm — No Comments

10 Reasons Not to Discuss Child Sexual Abuse in 2012

I have heard them all.  I have heard all the reasons why parents don’t discuss child sexual abuse prevention with their children.  I have heard them so often that I can recite them by heart.  As the new year approaches, I decided it would be a good idea to memorialize the top 10 reasons for not discussing the subject.  I invite you to add any that may have been omitted.

  1. Children are seldom victims of sexual abuse.  Actually, according to the U.S. Centers for…
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Added by Jill Starishevsky on December 26, 2011 at 11:44pm — 14 Comments

Reflections

Christmas Day has come and gone. Gifts have been opened and now wait to be exchanged for the correct size or color. All the decorations are down, except for the Christmas cards. I like to keep them up until I have time to take each one in my hand, and again read what has been scribed inside. Then I’ll store them away until next year when my granddaughter and I will make bookmarks out of them.

 

As the end of the year draws to a close my mind wanders back through the year 2011.…

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Added by Sarah Martin Byrd on December 26, 2011 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Being The Crazy Country Cousin at the Family Christmas

I hope my Christian friends have had a Merry Christmas, my Jewish friends are having a wonderful Hannukah, my African-American friends are having a good Kwanzaa...and, lest I forget, Happy Boxing Day!
My family (husband, 2 sons, daughter, dog) and I travelled from Kentucky to Texas to be with his Mother and her husband for the holidays. I needed to rest up a couple of days after our journey because I had to drive the entire 900-odd miles of the trip.
 
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Added by LuAnn Braley on December 26, 2011 at 12:44pm — No Comments

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