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How many Beta Readers do you need?

How many Beta Readers do you need?

Someone in my writing group recently sent his first chapters to five different people … and got five very different responses. The result: he’s more confused than ever. Beta readers—those readers you trust your manuscript to before sending it out to an agent, editor, or publishing house—can give valuable feedback. They read with more distance […]

November 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Dear Me on a Bad Publishing Day…

Dear Me on a Bad Publishing Day…

Dear Me on a Bad Publishing Day, Rejection is part of this. You’ve known that for a long, long time. It wouldn’t be quite right to say you’re fine with it, but you’ve made peace with it as part of the process. You’re a pretty glass-half-full, I’ve got this sort of gal. Every now and […]

November 17, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
Writing about Mental Health

Writing about Mental Health

What is mental health? How do we talk about it? Who does it effect? Questions that when arisen bring a mixture of emotions. Mental Health in today’s society brings up a multitude of opinions when just mentioning the word. It is a topic, which creates boundaries in many individuals, and often many things you say […]

November 15, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
When a “spicy” Indian storyteller goes looking for inspiration…

When a “spicy” Indian storyteller goes looking for inspiration…

Earlier this year, my writer friend, Leah Zibulsky, invited me to one of her creative nonfiction readings on the lower east side. There were four, smart, sassy storytellers presenting that evening. As I heard Leah and her comrades share their dating stories at Dixon Place in NYC, I whispered to the woman on my left, […]

November 12, 2014 | By | Reply More
Recovering from Depression: My Writing Journey

Recovering from Depression: My Writing Journey

Two years ago almost to the date I told my mother that I wanted to kill myself. That I cried every day and that I needed help. I was twenty-seven, a year out of university and working as a EFL and Business English teacher in various companies around town. I never quite earned enough money […]

November 10, 2014 | By | 13 Replies More
The Insanity Defense

The Insanity Defense

It’s the subject of constant debate and since the beginning of the written word, authors and artists have been asked the question: “Where did it all go wrong?” If anyone has asked you this question, you may in fact have an advantage over other writers or creative folks. It implies that you can spin a […]

November 8, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
How Courageous Are You?

How Courageous Are You?

Since publishing my own story a year ago, and gathering the stories of  women who wished to share their truths in a collaborative anthology, I have been reminded just how difficult it can be to put our truths out into the world. Sharing our stories makes us vulnerable to criticism and judgment. Yet our life […]

November 5, 2014 | By | 8 Replies More
Between Two Worlds

Between Two Worlds

“I am alone in my room, between two worlds.” – Sylvia Plath “I like it better when you’re not working on a book,” my youngest daughter announced the other day at breakfast. “Really?” I asked, rather taken aback. “Why is that?” My daughter speared a piece of sausage with her fork and gave me a […]

November 3, 2014 | By | 7 Replies More
What it Takes to be a Writer

What it Takes to be a Writer

Virginia Wolff is famous for having said that to be a woman and a writer, one needed a room of one’s own and five hundred pounds a year. In essence, she was advocating for space and time. Of course she was correct. Of course these are two essential components of a successful writing life. It’s […]

November 1, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Procrastination

Procrastination

I’m just over halfway through writing my novel and the whole process reminds me of the one time I went on a diet. I started it on the Monday morning, which is of course the Law of Diets, and by Tuesday lunchtime I was feeling a little bit thinner and very virtuous. Look at me, […]

October 27, 2014 | By | 11 Replies More