I promised regular updates on my summer writing progress. The last few weeks I’ve been going every which way but write! Between publishing my latest book, Still Dancing, blogging, selling books at an Arts & Crafts fair, meetings and personal and family responsibility, I’ve done nothing as far as word count. That…Continue
If you're going to write a book, you should write about something that you're interested in.
You should write something you want to write about. You write for your readers, but you write for yourself more than anything. When you wake up in the morning you should be excited about writing. And you have that crave to write. If you're not interesting in what you're writing, you won't be so ecstatic to write which will put a damp on your work. Writing is supposed to be…
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Posted for my blog readers 'Take It Down', a poem for a series about Charleston murders:
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Posted Monday Muse roundup of summer writing workshops:
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As most of you know, I’ve recently launched my second novel, MISTS OF BAYOU RHYNE. Yes, thank you, thank you. :) And as most of you know, one of the hardest – but oh so important – things to get is a review. I’ve been told over and over again how much a reader has enjoyed my book, how they can’t wait for the next, and how they wish they could share it with everyone they know. Well, you my dear reader,…Continue
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Posted for my blog readers the third of a series of poems about Chareston:
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Posted for blog readers the second of a series of poems responding to Charleston:
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Posted 'Crisis of Faith', a poem for the nine killed in Charleston:
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Posted Monday Muse profile of Peter Meinke, newly appointed Poet Laureate of Florida:
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One marketing suggestion I read recently was to blog about your current Work in Progress – WIP. Include the highs and lows, triumphs and failures, frustrations and despair. I’ve never done this. Usually I try to protect my WIP like a card shark playing…Continue
For me, nurturing is practically a way of life. It’s so easy for me to overdo nurturing others that I don’t notice what I’m doing until I’ve essentially disappeared into the "needs" of…Continue
Kill your darlings. It’s a phrase you’ve all heard, but how many of you have been brave enough to be truly ruthless with your own writing, to cut in a big and bold ways when needed? How many of you have written a too-long manuscript and allowed an editor to go in and hack huge swaths of work…Continue
Maybe you’ve got a day job. Maybe you’ve got kids. Yet you have aspirations to write that novel. Your problem is that you’re not sure when you can make the time.
It’s a common dilemma, and one I’ve spent the past few years studying. From 2013-2014, for a book I wrote called I Know How She Does It, I…
Google maps assured me that the motel was two minutes' walk from the beach and three minutes from my conference site. I was traveling to Florida to chair a conference discussion panel, and, lucky me, even at the height of spring-break season, this place had lots of availability (Yes, this is the part where you foreshadow and snicker).
I arrived at nighttime. Even in the dark, I could tell that my motel's website…
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I meant to post this back in March on my old IHeartAllStories Weebly blog. But March was Women’s History Month. And the blog content then focused towards women. Women writers, past and present, celebrating…Continue
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Posted Monday Muse look at Paris Review's newly launched video series 'My First Time':
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Posted Thought for the Day, quote from Franz Wright's poem 'April Orchard':
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A lot of things can inspire me to write.
I can't tell you how many times I've zoned out at the dinner table while thinking about books, writing, more books, random things, etc. I get a lot of my book ideas while I'm zoned out in my own La La Land. I also get a lot of book ideas when I can't sleep at night...When I first started writing, I had to keep a notebook by my bed because I didn't have a phone at the time. The "Notes" App really comes in handy in the middle of the…Continue
Added by Ashley Earley on June 6, 2015 at 11:28am — No Comments
In her article, "Good Agents Audit Royalty Statements," Kristin Nelson (President, Nelson Literary Agency) writes that over the past decade, careful auditing by her agency has recovered over $600,000 for her clients. "Even now, nary an accounting period goes by that we don't recover at least $500 to $3,000 owed to a client."
She also states this jaw-dropping fact: A good…Continue
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Whether you are doing academic writing or creative writing, chances are that you are going to come up against anxieties that keep you from being able to write. This is normal, and it happens to the best of us all the time. You can see just where your anxiety level is by taking…Continue
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