I’ve wanted to write about one of my personal weaknesses as a writer for a while now, and it just so happens that it’s particularly relevant this week for all of you who may watch and/or read Game of Thrones. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil anything for you, I hate spoilers. That being said, you might get a little nervous when you see what my post is about.
I hate killing my characters.
Now, nothing that I’ve written has been so intense that anyone needed to die, but…Continue
Anyone can get published. Don’t fool yourself in thinking you can’t. Self-publishing has always been an option, in fact,…Continue
When I started She Writes with Deborah Siegel almost four years ago, we had some pretty grand plans. I hoped to raise venture capital to build a publishing platform for writers that would be what Flickr is to photographers, or what Etsy is to the makers of handicrafts. (Someday I may still try to do that.) We offered you, our members, services like webinars and editorial help--two things you can now find at…Continue
A few posts back, I pointed out some common words and phrases I've seen writers get mixed up. Today I'd like to point out a few more:Continue
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I’m sure you’ve heard this before. But I need to tell it to you again. Book revision and editing are harder and take longer than the actual writing of your book. So be prepared to stay with it for the long haul before you start.
Here’s a true story. After I wrote the first draft of my memoir I hired an editor who helped me prepare it for submittal to interested agents and presses. This took about a year. Then once I had a book contract, my…Continue
If you’ve been reading blogs for a while, you have probably come across the term “1000 true fans.” Kevin Kelly first wrote about this idea on his blog Technium. The number 1000 is an estimate, of course, but the rationale goes that all you need to succeed in your field are 1000 true fans, a “true fan” being defined as someone who will buy everything you have to sell. In other words—every book you…Continue
Last week I posted this on my Facebook fan page: “If I’d realized as a child that stars were never scolded for shinning, I might not have been embarrassed by—or ashamed of—my own light.”
In my Life Before Writing, I worked at a college learning center. We spent many appointments working with students on studyskills. As obvious as learning sounds in a college setting, it’s amazing how many young adults successfully made their way through high school ill-equipped to learn. Unfortunately,…Continue
In my previous two posts, I asked some of my author friends where and when they most like to write. This week I asked them about preferred background noise. Personally, I alternate between complete silence and the kind of soft music they play at fancy spas. I can't have…Continue
A few thoughts after sending North of Hope into the world:
Memoir is a subcategory of non-fiction, even if creative non-fiction or literary non-fiction. Memoir tells a true story.
Except: if you and I have dinner one week, and recall that dinner the following week, it’s likely we both will recall something different, about the light, the music playing or not, the family at the table across from us, the food. Memory is molded by who we are, the genes we carry, the experiences…Continue
In February of 2013 I was returning from South America and I found myself watching the "Sex in The City" episode where Carrie has her book launch. Done in Hollywood style, the party was held in a swanky two-story ballroom with all the top socialites from New York City. The major papers were in attendance, taking her photo and getting quotes.
When I reached New York City the next day and met with my fabulous publicist at Gallery Book/ Simon & Schuster we laughed about the party…Continue
Hedgebrook is a literary nonprofit that supports the work of visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. Founded in 1988, Hedgebrook hosts a global community of writers through residencies and…Continue
This post is putting the horse before the cart in a way. On Thursday, May 23, the following post went out in the She Writes newsletter:
If you lost your baby mere weeks before it was to be born, what would you do? Perhaps more importantly, what would it do to you?
Return to Zero is the first film ever created with stillbirth as its central theme. It has an amazing cast (Minnie Driver, Paul Adelstein, Alfred Molina, Kathy Baker, and more), but…
While reading through my first draft, one thing has become abundantly clear: What I have here isn’t a draft at all. What I have is a really, really detailed outline.
Part of the reason for this is that my main goal while I was writing was to just finish. I really wanted to get from point A to point B and wrap things up. While I was working I just kept pushing forward, trying to think of events that could occur to keep the story moving and grow these characters, until they reach…Continue
A few weeks ago, Girls Write Now held its first-ever annual benefit and awards. It was a perfect evening--as authentic, inspirational and moving as the organization, and worthy of the girls and the wonderful…Continue
A few weeks ago, my friend and former jogging partner Ellen Sweet sent me this snapshot that she had just discovered while scanning old photographs into her computer. I remembered the picture, and I may even have a copy of it somewhere, but it was something of a shock to see it illuminated on my…Continue
In a couple of weeks, Hedgebrook’s second Vortext Salon for women writers will take place on Whidbey Island: three extraordinary days of workshops and conversation, in a beautiful setting, led by six renowned writers and teachers: Dorothy Allison, Karen Joy Fowler, Elizabeth George, Jane Hamilton, Ruth Ozeki and Gail Tsukiyama.
Vortext was just a gleam in Karen Joy Fowler’s eye a year ago, when she came to us with…Continue
In my last post (sorry for missing a week- I was on vacation!), I asked some author friends where they like to write. This week I asked them when they prefer to write. While I tend to be the most productive in the middle of the day and late afternoon/early evening, their answers were quite different:…Continue
Many of life’s treasures remain constant in the state of simplicity—a lesson that author Molly Friedenfeld learned when she began her journey in search of ancient wisdom. When Friedenfeld moved from her head down to her heart, it became clear: Love is simple. Truth is simple.…Continue
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