It had been a beautiful fall day and I was determined to get in a bike ride along Falling Waters Trail to Lime Lake before going to New York to babysit my new grandson later that week. When I noticed my back tire was pretty soft, I thought, “No problem. I’ll use the pump at the beginning of the…Continue
Added by Patricia Robertson on October 28, 2016 at 6:24am — No Comments
Story Circle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to women telling their stories, is looking for a social media intern who will post frequently on several media platforms in exchange for free online writing classes and membership in our organization. Here's the link for more information:http://www.storycircle.org/volunteers.shtml. Please contact Len Leatherwood, Coordinator of Online Classes…Continue
Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on October 25, 2016 at 11:09pm — No Comments
New update on my upcoming book Alone in Paris!
I've finished editing Alone in Paris! So excited and happy about the progress with Alone in Paris. It really…
Added by Ashley Earley on October 22, 2016 at 8:28am — No Comments
Coming up is the great celebration of writing, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Time for me to clear a writing space on the cluttered catch all table in my kitchen that I use during NaNoWriMo.
Added by Patricia Robertson on October 20, 2016 at 6:45am — No Comments
What role does “place” play in your writing? How can you effectively evoke a place in your writing—be it poetry or prose? How do you write about interior or dreamed spaces? How have travel writers and other authors successfully written about place? Themed lessons will be posted weekly, featuring example poems, articles, essays, and links to additional reading.
Space is still available for the upcoming Writing About Place workshop! Four weeks, online, accessible at your…Continue
Added by Bernadette Geyer on October 19, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
I’m not picking on my brother-in-law, but he’s the latest person to have asked me this question: Can you write something for me? This familiar and frequent question is usually preceded by, “You’re the writer”… as if we writers are the only ones…Continue
For anyone who enjoys writing and/or reading memoir, I look forward to your comments!
All the Best, Linda
Added by Linda Carvelli on October 12, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments
This infographic provides detailed and easy to understand instructions on how you can properly write and structure your essay. It includes a list of questions for you to be able to follow your progress, correct mistakes you might have overlooked, and to check the extensiveness of your essay. Included as well are some additional tips, which you can utilize to make writing a little bit easier.
It also includes useful key points on how you can arrange your thoughts, all…Continue
Added by Laura Callisen on October 12, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments
When people find out I’m working on a book, they invariably ask that question I dread.
“So, what’s it about?”
My wildly differing responses have ranged from the terse -- It’s about identity – to the rambling: It’s a young-adult novel about a teenage girl who loses her father in a fishing accident. He’s lost without a trace, so she doesn’t have proof of his death, which isn’t all that unusual in fishing accidents . . . Anyway, she hears stuff about her…Continue
Added by Pam McGaffin on October 11, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments
“I can’t do this anymore! I’m no business woman. I quit,” I said last week when receiving notice about a form I was supposed to have filed but hadn’t. Sometimes I just don’t know, what I don’t know, which leads to frustration.
Over twenty years ago, as a lay woman running a…Continue
Added by Patricia Robertson on October 11, 2016 at 6:17am — No Comments
Tackling a writing project in a journalism class is an entirely different monster than working on a paper for an average English course. A clashing standard is expected from you, and you'll probably find that many of the rules you've been taught since you were in grade school are now flipped on their head.
There's nothing wrong with going through this process. It's going to be difficult, but you'll slowly learn how to market yourself in the…Continue
Added by Cassandra Bondie on October 4, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments
In the early pages of my memoir I was eager to deliver a clear picture of the young woman I was in the late 1960’s, when I was eager to meet the man of my dreams. I understood the importance of establishing a character arc, so I tried to show readers what the young me thought she wanted from life, in order to contrast with the more self-actualized person I was at the end my book.
I had lots of fun writing about the hapless campaign my best friend and I, both teachers…Continue
In my last post addressed how using too many exclamation marks in dialogue can negatively affect the reader's experience. To catch the issue, I suggested that authors read their dialogue out loud.
While that was a post was about an overuse issue, reading your work –- not just dialogue -- out loud can also help identify another common problem I see in…Continue
Added by Maria Murnane on October 3, 2016 at 8:42am — No Comments
It's been a while since I've blogged. A long while. So, I kind of owe you an explanation.
I have 3 good reasons about why I've been gone for so long:
Reason 1: My classes have started back up again. They require a lot of reading and I hate textbooks so it takes a lot for me to read 60 pages a week haha. I actually haven't read for fun at all since classes started back mid-August. It's kind of sad, especially since so many good books have come out in…Continue
Added by Ashley Earley on October 1, 2016 at 3:36pm — No Comments
Today's short is the lovely 'Miranda's Letter' from the British Council series 'Shakespeare Lives':
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on October 1, 2016 at 9:23am — No Comments
All About Cover Letter Examples
In case you are searching for a cover letter example (otherwise called a covering or inspiration letter), I'm expecting you are as of now searching for a job. Is it accurate to say that you are as of late out of work, crisp out of school or simply inspired by updating your present place of employment? In either case, you have to remember various essential elements that a…Continue
Added by Cassandra Bondie on September 28, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments
In the fourth book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, there is a maze that the students compete in that changes it’s pathways as you walk through it. This means that you can’t go back the way you came in because that way no longer…Continue
Added by Patricia Robertson on September 21, 2016 at 11:48am — No Comments
During my thirties and forties, I had a number of books of daily meditations. The idea was that by reading these positive reflections every day, eventually I would internalize their message and change negative thinking patterns. I read them faithfully for years.
I remember one meditation that spoke of depletion and depression. When starting to feel down, the reflection encouraged the reader to think depletion rather than depression. If we are depleted,…Continue
Added by Patricia Robertson on September 21, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments
Things I Did Wrong — Things I Did Right. My Memoir Process.
Things I Did Wrong:
I showed too many people my early drafts. This resulted in me changing the whole memoir from past tense to present tense and back again (and there’s no Replace All function for tense).
I didn’t trust my own voice. I made edits based on what my early readers thought would improve my memoir. Almost every one of these changes ended up sounding clunky and…Continue
Added by Dhana Musil on September 21, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments
Technology can often be seen as an interruption to the creative process. Shy of the keyboard needed to type your next masterpiece, many think tech devices and apps will just get in the way. That’doesn’t have to be the case though. These apps for writers will make your job easier and also keep you on task so that your writing can flourish.…Continue