Posted Thought for the Day, a quote about fear from Mark Doty's 'The Art of Description: World Into Word':
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on March 9, 2014 at 9:59am — No Comments
As young, emerging writers, it is vital for us to take chances, putting ourselves out there for the world to see our work. The internet provides potential for us to do so, with online contests, boards, and blogs that connect us with an international community of sayers and doers. On that hopeful note, I entered a tournament-style short story contest called “…Continue
I'm happy to announce that I did it!
My debut novel, Inga's Zigzags, has been beautifully designed, and shall hit the marketplace on May 14, 2014.
The Kindle version has been released on March 1, 2014.Continue
Added by Vica Miller on March 6, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments
I’ll never forget the moment my mentor Ariel Spilsbury stood before me in a long purple velvet rope. Her legs were slightly apart, her hands grasping the ornate handle of a kickass sword. Her long white hair seemed fairy like, had it not been damp and wild from the heat coming through her.
She was the initiator, I the initiatee. We were deep into an intense…Continue
Added by Lone Morch on March 6, 2014 at 2:04am — No Comments
I’ve heard it said that when you grow up Catholic you never completely stop being Catholic, no matter where your spirit takes you—to Buddhism or Paganism, Yoga or Zen, atheism or my particular spiritual path: Writing.
Despite the fact that I no longer hold a Christian view of the world, and even despite my dis-ease with organized religions in general, there are aspects of my religious childhood that stay with me even…Continue
Added by Jill Jepson on March 5, 2014 at 4:11pm — No Comments
This week, as I dug into my writing, I got to the point most of us get to when we feel bogged down by the work. Suddenly my shiny, new idea was mired in a couple really bad first chapters. In fear of failure, I found distraction in other projects. I haven't yet abandoned my manuscript. Despite the mess that faces…Continue
What energizes your life?
Some things energize us. Some deplete our energy. Jobs, people, relationships, activities, places—they can invigorate us or drain us dry. Oddly, even things we think we want in our lives can end up sapping us, and things we thought we wanted nothing to do with can turn out to be energizers.
We often forget to pay attention to what is providing our lives with energy and what is drawing energy out of us. Some days we get up in the morning facing…Continue
A new poem, "Listening Post", is up:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on March 4, 2014 at 7:25am — No Comments
Author's Note: When we left off at the end of Part One, our narrator--me--had been working on Breathe for two years and was in Guatemala kneeling at the feet of famous authors who filled her head with their infinite wisdom ("avoid taking the reader to the bathroom!") on the banks of Lake Atitlan, also known as the bellybutton of the planet. Onward to Part Two, the next five years . . .…Continue
Today, Monday Muse offers her own titles of books written by women, all of which should be on your #readwomen2014 list.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on March 3, 2014 at 6:55am — No Comments
Mark Nepo provides the Thought for the Day.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on March 2, 2014 at 7:18am — No Comments
How To Write A Book Review And Why Anyone Can Do It
Corinne from Write Tribe recently asked me to share my thoughts on writing book reviews and although I am not a rule follower, I came…Continue
Added by Claire McAlpine on February 27, 2014 at 7:14am — No Comments
In previous posts, I’ve written that distraction isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes it’s a necessary part of the creative process that gives our subconscious minds the chance to work things out while we do other things.
But as useful as distraction can be, sometimes it is just what it seems to be—a way of avoiding getting…Continue
Added by Jill Jepson on February 27, 2014 at 6:28am — No Comments
From my blog pamvandykwrites.com
Here is what I received yesterday via email:
“Thank you for your submission. Unfortunately, we do not feel it is right for…Continue
Added by Pam Van Dyk on February 26, 2014 at 12:25pm — No Comments
Posted "Black Furs and Diamonds", a poem using titles of Rock-and-Roll songs.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on February 25, 2014 at 7:15am — No Comments
I don’t know anyone outside of monks and Charles Manson who spends as much time alone as I do. I’m sure they exist but they’re not within [my] earshot or sight line. Even the homeless are out there meeting new people every day.
I nearly always feel as though I am…Continue
I cannot explain my urge to travel, any more than I can explain my compulsion to write. It has been part of who I am as far back as I remember. When I was 9 a boy I liked, Sid, explained his absence from school for two weeks as a trip to West Virginia. West Virginia! How glamorous and exotic to a little…Continue
Added by Jill Jepson on February 24, 2014 at 4:17pm — No Comments
Sometimes I like Joan Didion and other times I don’t. I like her when I’m feeling like a Writer and can be confident in my work and my goals. “Well, we are practically the same,” I think to myself when I read her work. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, because I am just publishing my first book at…Continue
The Thought for the Day comes from poet Jack Gilbert's 'Music Is in the Piano Only When It Is Being Played':
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on February 23, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
I am working on a nonfiction idea for a book. I’ve written a few of the obligatory rotten first chapters.…Continue