I meditate, but only for 10-minute stints, and I don't do it every day. I’m a very sporadic and inconsistent yogi. I've never been to an ashram and probably never will.
Yet, I claim to live a (sorta) mindful life. I can sit in traffic or get horribly lost and…
Added by Aine Greaney on August 31, 2015 at 12:52pm — No Comments
Posted Part 1 of my three-part interview with poet Fred Foote:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on August 31, 2015 at 8:14am — No Comments
Families throughout the country are preparing for back to school. Continuing with my birthing a book and raising it to adulthood theme, I’m now preparing my book for school.
One of the first things you do when you have a baby is name it. I had a working title,…Continue
Added by Patricia Robertson on August 28, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
Some time ago when I was an actor, a dear friend got a dream part, that of a strong, successful creature, a woman with a woman's sexuality, not a man's fantasy versions of it. Plus, she got to age 40 years without the benefit of makeup.
Added by Sakki selznick on August 27, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments
I started writing when I was 14 and it changed everything. I can't even begin to describe how much it changed my life, and me.
I started my first novel in a notebook until I got my first computer. Typing was so much faster than writing with a pen. I was amazed by how many words I could write in a day--and amazed that my computer kept up with how many words I had. My first complete novel wasn't good. In fact, it was horrible. My writing had no structure and no…
Added by Ashley Earley on August 25, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
New poem composed of word found among TweetSpeak Poetry's 'Top 10 #DipIntoPoetry Lines':
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on August 25, 2015 at 5:58am — No Comments
I recently read a novel in which multiple people winked at the protagonist in the opening pages. I found this quite odd. When was the last time someone winked at you? When was the last time more than one person winked at you? I don't think anyone has ever winked at me.
As I read on, the winking continued, and soon it was joined by a lot of giggling, which also jumped out at me because everyone in the story was an adult, and I don't know many adults who giggle. But on it…Continue
Added by Maria Murnane on August 24, 2015 at 7:42am — No Comments
I’ve been thinking about literary mentorship. I have just gotten back from the incredible Room of Her Own Foundation's week long writing retreat held at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.
A Room of Her Own's mission is: To inspire, fund, and champion works of art and literature by women.
Over 100 women:…Continue
Added by Michele Tracy Berger on August 24, 2015 at 4:16am — No Comments
When we speak of pacing in fiction, we are talking about the interweave of narrative, description, dialogue, and conflicts and decisions. The plot pulls the story along and keeps the reader turning the pages. In some ways, how much or how little of these elements you use is subjective. Consider what you like when you read. For example, I prefer limited amount of dialogue and enjoy intricate descriptions of the characters’ inner workings, what he or she is thinking and feeling and why they…Continue
Added by Wendy Brown-Baez on August 23, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments
"The brave are simply those with the clearest vision of what is before them—glory and danger alike—and, notwithstanding, go out to meet it."
—Leopold (Hugh Jackman), Kate and Leopold
Added by Erin K Casey on August 20, 2015 at 12:33pm — No Comments
Creating an essay is a difficult assignment, especially if you do not have considerable writing skills. The situation worsens if you lack time or cannot gather relevant information for conducting detailed research. Hence, do not become upset, because there is a correct solution to your problem. If you require an exclusive, a well-structured and non-plagiarized paper, it is advisable to contact a trustworthy paper writing agency.
Though the Internet is overwhelmed with agencies…Continue
Added by Daniel Sunny on August 19, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments
You just edited me didn't you?
I did the same thing each morning I walked into the computer lab in which I helped the upcoming generation navigate the dangers of the Internet and the vagaries of Microsoft Word. Those Apple Think Different posters hung on the…
Posted Monday Muse: a look at writers' apps.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on August 17, 2015 at 6:55am — No Comments
A quote from Jane Hirshfield's poem 'Runner' is the Thought for the Day:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on August 16, 2015 at 10:31am — No Comments
Writers struggle with their inner critics more than most artists, I think. But they suffer from outside criticism more than most artists, too. I get asked nearly every week some variation of this question: How do I know if my writing is good? Good enough? Worthwhile? If readers will like it? If readers…Continue
Deciding to write a book is the easy part, everything gets difficult from there on, but I thought I'd share some tips with you before you get started on writing your first book.
First, you will need to decide whether you will be writing in present, past, third person omniscient, third person objective, or third person limited omniscient. Research what these mean before starting.
Main character. You don’t have to have his/her personality figured out entirely--you…
Added by Ashley Earley on August 11, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Posted 'A year after Ferguson', new poem:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on August 11, 2015 at 6:17am — No Comments
When writing memoir, it is inevitable that emotions will rise to the surface as we describe both happy and sad memories. Sometimes writing memoir stirs the caldron of unresolved emotions. Rage, guilt, shame, hurt, and fear can all surge back immediately, even if we have done everything we can to heal, from therapy to moving on to a new life. While sifting through the details of the past, we may suddenly have revelations that shed new light on our motivations and personalities, and on others…Continue
Added by Wendy Brown-Baez on August 11, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments
(picture courtesy of Flickr, Scott McLeod)
As part of a 40 hour video summit, I heard Joanna Penn speak about how exhausting it can be to write because you are constantly having to make decisions: What is my character like? What job do they hold? Where do they live? What do they do each day? What are their favorite foods? It’s endless.
That’s why writing a series can be easier than writing a stand alone book. At least once you get your characters in place, you don’t…Continue
Added by Patricia Robertson on August 10, 2015 at 1:16pm — No Comments