It's important as a writer to find your voice. But it can be a challenge.
Writing style refers to the manner in which an author chooses to write to his or her audience. A style reveals both the writer's personality and voice, but it also shows how he or she perceives the audience. The choice of a conceptual writing style molds the overall character of the work.…
Added by Ashley Earley on August 4, 2015 at 3:03pm — No Comments
Voice: How does memoir writing differ from fiction? How do I find my voice?
The difference between fiction and memoir is not only the structure that the writing takes, but the fact that your readers have to resonate with you as a character. Your voice must reflect who you are, not a persona, and yet at the same time, you are the protagonist. You have experiences, adventures, struggles and revelations, insights and self-awareness leading to transformation, healing or…Continue
Added by Wendy Brown-Baez on August 3, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments
As a writer, writing teacher, and coach, I have long been interested in joy. In Writing as a Sacred Path, I come back to this question again and again: What brings joy to the writing…Continue
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In the infographic below, Unplag plagiarism checker dives into big-name writers and their extraordinary jobs.
You might think all big-name writers became famous at once. However, this is far from the case. Many of big-name authors had unbelievably weird jobs not related to their writing careers at all.…Continue
Added by Lynn Usrey on July 30, 2015 at 4:06am — No Comments
We know that the stories we are compelled to write are the stories that haunt us, the ones that won’t let go. For many of us, these stories are based on memories. We write memoirs in order to reflect on our past and make sense of it, to share our experiences and the insights gained, and to capture those moments of joy or terror that make us who we are. I believe every one of us has a powerful and engaging story to tell.
“What would happen if…
Added by Wendy Brown-Baez on July 28, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments
All writers are weird. We're usually awkward and would rather sit at our desks and type away all day rather than exposing ourselves to the great outdoors. I guess we're also like vampires...
All writers have different ways of writing, and ways of how to write. Some of us sit at our computers for hours on end every day, while others can only write so many words a day, or week, etc. Every writer is different and has their own way of doing things as they write the stories they…
Added by Ashley Earley on July 28, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
Posted Monday Muse column highlighting interviews or features in which poets speak about poetry:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 27, 2015 at 7:55am — No Comments
My latest book taught me so many things about writing, but the thing I was surprised by the most was the character development.
This isn’t the first time I’ve written a story with these characters. It’s not even the fifth or ninth time. Their first story sparked an idea in my brain almost ten years ago and, while the story, their world, and the relationships have changed, many…Continue
Added by Shiloh A. Ohmes on July 26, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Whether a business, institution, or organization continuously applies for grants or only has use for occasional funding, knowing the keys to grant writing may increase the likelihood of getting one. Grant administrators can be very specific with regards to the projects they choose to fund, so it's important to plan ahead and allow enough time to put together a stunning application that will be appealing upon review.…
Added by Brooke Chaplan on July 24, 2015 at 1:03pm — No Comments
I still have the book of Grimm fairytales my parents bought me when I was a toddler. It is a well worn treasure. Reading or listening to stories has always had a special magic for me. I am fascinated with how authors tell their tales or how they describe what is happening. In first grade I…Continue
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Last week, I packed my laptop and hit the road Thelma-and-Louise style with fellow She Writer Christine Wolf. We were leaving our families and heading for…Continue
For me, that place is my brother’s cottage on Lake St. James. There’s something about getting away from my daily responsibilities and routines, something about quiet, nature and water, that heals and opens up the creative channel within me.
Summer doesn’t really begin until I spend time up north. This used to be at my parents’ cottage and now is…Continue
Posted Thursday's Three on Art: a trio of quotes from a memoir and two biographies of artists.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 23, 2015 at 7:28am — No Comments
Added by Ashley Earley on July 22, 2015 at 3:14pm — No Comments
Thank you for your lovely letter and questions about my creative process, questions that have asked me to ponder matters which, if I’m being honest, I have for some years now left,…
Photo by: Tambako The Jaguar.
Just how does one eat an elephant? Of course, I would never consider eating such a majestic creature, but if I did, the process would be…Continue
Added by Julie Ellis on July 22, 2015 at 7:53am — No Comments
Writing a book can be a wonderfully difficult experience.
I have a few tips to help you get started:
Start small. You don't have to sit down and write a full chapter in the one day that you decide to write a book. Maybe just a few words to get you started, or you can write down all the ideas you have for the book. That's where my second tip comes in.
Have an outline. Have a relative idea of what you want to write about? Good. You should…
Added by Ashley Earley on July 22, 2015 at 5:26am — No Comments
“Writing [now] is like taking a long cool drink of water after a walk down a hot dusty road--revitalizing. I often forget to do that--take a long cool drink of water, literally. When I’m tired or stressed I look to some…Continue
One of the things I learned writing my last project was layering it. Like when you’re at a party and want that seven layer taco bean dip thing that is the ultimate dip to end all dips. In stories the layers don’t come together on the first try, though. Sometimes they don’t all come together even by the third or fourth try.
Added by Shiloh A. Ohmes on July 19, 2015 at 10:08am — No Comments