Posted 'Passage', a poem about possibilities:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on January 27, 2015 at 7:58am — No Comments
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.
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.Continue
Added by JoAnne Myers on January 26, 2015 at 5:50pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Laura Nicole Diamond on January 26, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
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
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.
Gender Roles: a 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
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…Continue
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…Continue
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
"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!"
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
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…Continue
Added by Jana Rookard on January 8, 2015 at 2:49am — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Lana Pecherczyk on January 6, 2015 at 10:47pm — No Comments
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
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…Continue
Added by Oraynab Mohamad on January 2, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments
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.Continue
Added by Sherrey Meyer on January 2, 2015 at 12:05pm — No Comments
Posted 'Blue', new poem:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on December 30, 2014 at 8:09am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Walter smith on December 30, 2014 at 2:52am — No Comments
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: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cynthia-dagnalmyron/how-wattpad-saved-my-writ_b_5269418.html
Added by Cynthia M. Dagnal-Myron on December 27, 2014 at 3:05pm — No Comments