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[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Book Two

If you’re reading this, it is likely you’re a member--or at least a friend--of the She Writes community. You probably know that She Writes is also a publisher, as in…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on March 24, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] My Book

My book. We all use that phrase: I’ll get to the (laundry, dishes, litter box, job search) just as soon as I finish my book.…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on February 2, 2017 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Insanity

As I write this, I am waiting to hear the outcome of yet another writing competition I entered several months back. As in, today is the announcement day. But have I been checking my email since last week at a rate only a crazy person would understand? Yes.

I gathered up a bunch of words I thought…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on December 20, 2016 at 11:52am — 2 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Can You Write Something For Me?

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…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on October 16, 2016 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] An Italian Sabbatical

Last year, my husband Angelo went to Italy for six weeks. We called it a sabbatical because it sounded better to our friends and family who would have thought we were crazy if we told them the real reason: he needed to go back to his hometown and reconnect with the Italian part of himself. We’re not big…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on August 26, 2016 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Writers Gonna Write



You have read this (essay, article, rant, post, blog) before: Girls may just wanna have fun, but writers just wanna write. It’s an easy lament to poke holes in, easy as teachers complaining about their jobs (You get summers off! You don’t work all day!!). In the case of writers, we get things like, “You get to work at Starbucks without the apron!” or “I wish I could sit at home all day in my pajamas to do my job.” An author I know recently posted on…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on July 20, 2016 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Story Circle Online Classes

Time is getting short to sign up for online classes to explore, strengthen or challenge your writing practice. Here is a list of upcoming classes…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on July 10, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] LEMONADE, ANYONE?

Everyone knows that you don’t pass up a kid’s lemonade stand. When you come upon a handmade sign, a wobbly card table and an icy pitcher of lemonade, you buy a cup. If the beverage looks a little sketchy, you don’t say, “no thanks, I’m not thirsty,” you say, “Yum. I think I’ll save this for later,” and you walk…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on June 20, 2016 at 2:30pm — 20 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] The Books of Life

I wrote a short email to my friend, another writer, after learning that she and her husband had recently found out he has brain cancer. Her equally brief response held all the confusion and helplessness such a discovery brings. She said: “If you could quickly write a book that explains how a wife is supposed to accept this that would be great.” A grimacing smiley face followed.

 

I wished I could. This particular situation has not…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on May 17, 2016 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Lull

Lull - noun; plural noun: lulls

1. a temporary interval of quiet or lack of activity.

 

That’s me: In a lull. A writer’s lull. My first book’s “book-iversary” was April 8th.  I intended to create a little birthday graphic, post it on Facebook and celebrate, but I forgot. I forgot! On the 10th I remembered and thought I’d post something then, but of course it…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on April 20, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Mirror, mirror

As a writer trying to live a writer’s life, I’ve had to make some hard decisions about what I keep on my plate and what I scrape off. For me, the definition of living a bona fide writer’s life is that most of my daily work is focused on writing. My writing. This definition includes generating most of my income from my work, but that has yet to be realized. So, to put gas in the car and get the mortgage in on time, I turn to those other things on my…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on March 16, 2016 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] How The Hell Would I Know?

I have been writing this column, The Writer’s Life, for about two and a half years. Over that time topics have included managing time, writing dreams, holding on to the passion, risks, sacrifice and managing time. (That one is big.) I chose these topics because a) they are pertinent and important to writers or b) because I was in a time crunch and they were the first things I could think of to write about with some aptitude. I will assure you however,…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on February 28, 2016 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Write Something

Author Takes a Break from Social Media and You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!

You’ve seen those headlines before; they’re the lifeblood of the Internet. Click on this link! Come to our website! Read this amazing, yet…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on January 20, 2016 at 11:00am — 13 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Write Like It's A Real Job



This isn’t the first time I’ve written about this topic, and I suspect it won’t be the last. Just today I had to fend off an invitation from a neighbor to go have coffee. I like my neighbor; she has been a friend for a long time. She runs a dance studio, so recently her days and weekends have been jammed with Nutcracker rehearsals and performances, so when she called, she just wanted to catch up after finally coming up for air. I like her, I…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on December 21, 2015 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Body of Work

There was a pile of 3.5 floppy disks safely protected in a wooden box on the bookshelf I was dismantling to make room for...well, nothing. We just wanted more roominess in our home office. Judging from the labels, there didn’t appear to be anything really earthshaking housed on those thin magnetic films, as there were as many things crossed out and written over as there were true identifying labels. (As a computer lab instructor, I used to…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on November 18, 2015 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Living between the Lives

Last weekend, I pulled the kitchen door closed behind me and stepped into the cold, fall air on the front porch of the lake cottage my family has owned for over thirty years. My parents don’t…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on October 20, 2015 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Skinny Writers

As a writing teacher my students often hear me urge them to push past their comfort zones. Look risk in the eye and stare it down.  My curriculum is filled with fun and chancy exercises that play with words and ideas; haiku, six-word-stories, Fibs (poems based on the Fibonacci sequence) and prompts galore.  Do it! Try it! Chance it! I am their most exuberant cheerleader and I know they can do it. I just know it.

 

Do I take my own advice? Rarely. But read on . .…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on September 15, 2015 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Think Differently



Think different.



You just edited me didn't you?



I did the same thing each morning I walked into the computer lab in which I helped the upcoming generation navigate the dangers of the Internet and the vagaries of Microsoft Word. Those Apple Think Different posters hung on the…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on August 17, 2015 at 7:30am — 11 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Writing as Nourishment

I once wrote about writing as compared to a long, cool drink of water:

 

“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…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on July 20, 2015 at 3:23pm — 6 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Writing Fatalities

Don't hate me because I'm lucky.



But maybe a little because of this picture...



This is the view out of my window as I finish up this month's blog post. I am in an airy, cool apartment in full view of Vesuvius and the Naples harbor. After colazione this morning, I am hopping on a…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on June 16, 2015 at 7:30am — 12 Comments

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