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Posted 'Passage', a poem about possibilities:

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on January 27, 2015 at 7:58am — No Comments

Time To Share What's Broken

I’m scrawling the graffiti of shame across the walls of my past. Slashes of red cover me as I bleed onto the page as Hemingway directs us to; my face glows bright as I reveal intimate details of childhood sexual abuse hidden deep inside for decades. Because it’s time. 

Time for me to share. Time for me to know. Time to talk about it. 



Added by Rachel Thompson on January 26, 2015 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Newest Activities

Hello all, this is another busy week for me. I have three new guest authors on my blogs. Please take time to stop by and say "hi". You might find a new favorite author.…


Added by JoAnne Myers on January 26, 2015 at 5:50pm — No Comments

[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK]: Shelter Us, Part 2

In Part 1 of Behind the Book, I told of my journey from lawyer, through motherhood and on to novelist, and how I declared 2008 “my year of the novel”! I shared all kinds of wonderful, warm, and triumphal bits about Shelter Us and its publication with She Writes Press in June 2015, seven years past my ridiculous deadline.

Now it’s time to share the warts, wrinkles, and wrong…


Added by Laura Nicole Diamond on January 26, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Thought for the Day

Posted Thought for the Day, a line from an Ellen Bass poem.

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on January 25, 2015 at 11:06am — No Comments

3 Useful Tools to Help you Write Better

I’ve just discovered three fantastic tools that have made my life a whole lot easier and quicker. I’m pretty bad at grammar and spelling, but I don’t let that stop me from writing. These handy tools  can help improve your writing, whether it’s in your blog or in your novel.

  1. Grammarly: This is a free proofreading and spellchecking…

Added by Lana Pecherczyk on January 20, 2015 at 8:42pm — 2 Comments

Why Breaking Gender Roles Is A Good Thing

Gender Rolesa theoretical construct involving a set of social and behavioral norms that, within a specific culture, are widely considered to be socially appropriate for individuals of a specific sex.…


Added by Raven Huffman on January 17, 2015 at 2:51pm — No Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] The Nightmare of Publication and the Happy Afterlife of Books


Much has been made of the analogy between publishing a novel and giving birth to a child. Having given birth to two children and published three novels, I can say the two things have very little in common. One of the traits they do share is that the pain involved is quickly forgotten, almost…


Added by Nancy Kricorian on January 17, 2015 at 8:30am — 13 Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE] Stuck? Go for a Walk!

We’ve all been told that the secret to writing is simply to sit down and write.

Every day, we’re told, we must chain ourselves to our desks and not get up until our daily quota of 500 or 1,000 or 2,000 words is complete. 

The German word “sitzfleisch”—literally, “buttocks”—means the…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on January 13, 2015 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

Poets At Work (Poem)

Today is Poetry At Work Day sponsored by TweetSpeak Poetry. In honor of the celebration, I offer 'Poets At Work', a new poem. Here are the first two lines:

Neruda's in hot peppers

clearly hiding from his hon. . . .

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on January 13, 2015 at 7:33am — No Comments

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] How to Achieve Your Writing Goals for Just Pennies!

If you're a typical writer, you made all kinds of New Year's resolutions this month:

"I will publish 3 articles in national magazines."

"I will complete the first draft of my novel."

"I will get an agent by June."

"I will get my memoir PUBLISHED this year!"

And if…


Added by Meghan Ward on January 12, 2015 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

Monday Muse: New Wisconsin Poet Laureate

Posted Monday Muse profile of Kimberly Blaeser, Wisconsin's new Poet Laureate:

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on January 12, 2015 at 8:36am — No Comments

How to become a good writer

Writing is a difficult job, especially these days, when you have a huge competition and tons of great writers that can outshine you. Today writing is not necessarily about talent, but about the persistence, the desire and creativity. If you have a great idea for a book, but you don’t think you are the next Shakespeare, don’t worry, as you still can create a great book. All…


Added by Jana Rookard on January 8, 2015 at 2:49am — No Comments

5 things you don't want on your Book Cover

Having a book cover that sells is as important to your novel as the writing itself. If people walk passed your book on the shelf, what use is good writing if no one reads it?

As a Graphic Designer, Reader, Writer and Marketer, here are 5 things I hope to never see on a book cover.…


Added by Lana Pecherczyk on January 6, 2015 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Saturday Short

Today's short is Brenda Miller's lovely video essay "Ordinary Shoes".

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on January 3, 2015 at 10:35am — No Comments

How to self-promote your writing fairly and wisely

I am in the middle of several books for aspiring writers that offer helpful advice, but the one theme running across all books is the merits of self-promoting. While the authors strongly urge writers to promote their work, they also offer some words of caution:

1. You are your biggest fan. If you are uncomfortable talking about your writing, start small. First, find a common ground with the individuals you are meeting. Start with a simple question, whether personal or…


Added by Oraynab Mohamad on January 2, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Review of 2014 Goals | A Look Back Before Looking Ahead

Last year at this time I set goals and not resolutions. At the time I established the goals, it seemed a long list for one human.

As I review that list now, it…


Added by Sherrey Meyer on January 2, 2015 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Blue (Poem)

Posted 'Blue', new poem:

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on December 30, 2014 at 8:09am — No Comments

Basic Analytical tools to Generate Unique essay Content

When you are assigned to compose a descriptive essay and you approach it with different types of analysis, it brings positive outcomes. It helps you get a concise report. There are items like a dictionary and thesaurus to assist students in filtering their essays but analytical tools are important. Use of analytical tools gives a deeper view of the essay to the readers with the information given. Best descriptive writings are those in which students think outside the…


Added by Walter smith on December 30, 2014 at 2:52am — No Comments

Using Wattpad and other content and social media sites

I've noticed a few forum posts asking about social media and content sites like Wattpad. I can honestly say that they can be wonderful not just for marketing, but also as motivation for that first draft. I talked about that for the Huffington Post not long ago:

I have…


Added by Cynthia M. Dagnal-Myron on December 27, 2014 at 3:05pm — No Comments

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