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The Creativity Trinity – Truth|Empathy|Hope

The Creativity Trinity – Truth|Empathy|Hope

The most beneficial thing for me about living in an all-women’s residence hall in college was the sharing: I’ve never done that either! / Yeah, I did that too. Facepalm. / That happened to me too! I’d thought I was the only one. I’ve witnessed the same experiences at writers’ conferences and retreats and in […]

January 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
From Nurse to Novelist

From Nurse to Novelist

I wanted to be a nurse since I was a little girl. I never wavered on that. But writing…that didn’t come until much later. Now, well into my forties, my articles have been featured in many national magazines and my debut novel, Found, has taken flight. Many people ask me what or who has influenced […]

January 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
4 Truths That Will Change Your Perspective on the Writer/Editor Relationship, by Writer’s Digest Editorial Director Jessica Strawser

4 Truths That Will Change Your Perspective on the Writer/Editor Relationship, by Writer’s Digest Editorial Director Jessica Strawser

“You know how they say, ‘Those who can’t do, teach’? Is it also true, then, that ‘Those who can’t write, edit”?” A collective gasp sounded in the conference room reserved for our staff meeting. One of my editorial colleagues—a thoughtful, soft-spoken soul—was relaying the question that had all but sent her running red-faced from the […]

January 19, 2017 | By | 5 Replies More
What’s Your Story About?

What’s Your Story About?

This question used to make me sweat. I’m not talking about a bit of perspiration on my brow or trickling down my back. No. Way. The sweat I’m talking about was an Albert-Brooks-news-anchoring flood like in the movie Broadcast News. It was the kind of perspiration tsunami where a shower and a fresh change of […]

January 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Write it Forward: Five Ways to Stay Positive

Write it Forward: Five Ways to Stay Positive

“Unfortunately, your project is not quite right for us.” This was perhaps my fiftieth rejection from an agent for my first novel, which remains unpublished. I keep my favorite rejection slips in a file folder to show aspiring writers when I give a workshop. We’ve all received rejections and bad reviews. There’s no way around […]

January 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Promotion Is Pay, Pay, Pay as You Go

Promotion Is Pay, Pay, Pay as You Go

When you’re a published author, whether self-published, with a small publisher, or with one of the big boys, you find out pretty quickly that promotion, for the most part, falls on your shoulders—and stealthily slips its sticky fingers into your wallet. Business cards, bookmarks, Facebook ads, magazine ads, Website ads, Kirkus Reviews, BookBub, any number […]

January 15, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Crime Fiction: Why I Love The Golden Age

Crime Fiction: Why I Love The Golden Age

I have always loved crime. I love reading about it. Fiction or non-fiction. Classic Golden Age mysteries to the intricacies of cyber-crime, polite tea with the vicar to the goriest thrillers. I love a crime story. I love the puzzles. I like the characters. I’m intrigued by the unusual methods. I’m excited by the chase. […]

January 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Oh Mostly Male.. What No Wait A Minute…. The Best Is Last

Oh Mostly Male.. What No Wait A Minute…. The Best Is Last

Helen Lederer is best known for her role as dippy Catriona in Absolutely Fabulous as well as creating the ‘Girl at the Bar’ in Naked Video. Her debut comedy novel Losing It (Sunday Express best new novels for women) was shortlisted for the PG Woodhouse Comedy Literary Prize as well as The Edinburgh First Book Award 2015. ‘Desperately funny, desperately engaging, […]

January 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writing Comedy

Writing Comedy

Humour, Comedy, Being Funny, Banter, Mirth, Being tickled Pink: as I’m writing about Comedy, it seems perhaps sensible to start this piece with some attempt to define Humour, particularly as what one person may find rib-ticklingly hilarious can leave another stone-cold dead. In the same way I am convinced one cannot possibly write a novel […]

January 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Coincidences Or Not?

Coincidences Or Not?

Coincidences – a dirty word for us novelists, particularly amongst those ‘who know’, i.e. the more experienced writers, and even more so, those who publish books on How to Write and How to Get Published. Accusations of resorting to outlandish coincidences instead of ‘proper’ plotting cause fiction writers’ hearts and souls to cringe. We are […]

January 8, 2017 | By | 8 Replies More