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Q&A with Sarah Landis, Literary Agent Sterling Lord Literistic

Q&A with Sarah Landis, Literary Agent Sterling Lord Literistic

Before joining Sterling Lord Literistic in 2017, Sarah worked as an editor for fifteen years, holding roles at G.P. Putnam Son’s, Hyperion Books, HarperCollins Children’s Books, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. Over the course of her career, Sarah has had the pleasure of editing many talented authors including the likes of: Jodi […]

October 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
A Heroine’s Journey: Writing Through the Dark Tangle

A Heroine’s Journey: Writing Through the Dark Tangle

One thing that all writers can agree on is that we are fascinated with the surface of things, or rather, with picking away the veneer from the surface of things. That invisible gauze between thought and process, where all the what ifs wait for us to discover them. To decode. To create story, the stuff […]

October 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why Writers Feel Guilty and How to Overcome It

Why Writers Feel Guilty and How to Overcome It

Why should we feel guilty for taking time to write? After all, it’s a passion for many of us, and for some, a way to make a living. We don’t feel like things are “right” in our worlds if we’re not writing, so why on Earth would we ever feel guilty for doing something that’s […]

October 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Cosmic Grin

The Cosmic Grin

The Cosmic Grin The circumstance was familiar. I sat at the altar, eyes closed, asking for guidance. Show me the way, I implored. You see, I was writing a book. A book about Shakti, the divine feminine. And I had no idea where this impulse to write a book came from. And of all things, about […]

October 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drop Your Drawers

Drop Your Drawers

I started writing in third grade. I went to Public School 173 in Flushing, New York. Flushing is a horrible name for what was a pleasant neighborhood of brick homes with small backyards. The street on which I grew up had just two ethnic groups: Orthodox Jews and Conservative Jews. The important thing about P.S. […]

October 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writing About Spirituality

Writing About Spirituality

When I started on a spiritual path almost thirty years ago, I voraciously read every account of spiritual awakening that I could find. Mind you, there wasn’t an Amazon.com, and I had to go to an actual bookstore to find books in this genre. Mostly I read books about the saints – but then Shirley […]

October 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Adventures of a Closet Writer

The Adventures of a Closet Writer

Whenever I mentioned that writing was my hobby, it was usually met with a raised eyebrow. As if somehow I was a little bit odd. That was fine, I’d never had time to take it seriously. I was a mother of three who worked part-time. How was I supposed to find time to write? Any […]

October 17, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Exclamation Evolution

Exclamation Evolution

I love the exclamation mark. I’ve used it, and fairly regularly, for as long as I can remember. I like how it can signal glee, surprise, bemusement; how it can turn a blunt-sounding sentence (in a  text, say) into something softer, something more playful. And I confess I use it in part because I know […]

October 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Unexpected Pleasures Of Writing A Book

The Unexpected Pleasures Of Writing A Book

I am in the middle of my third novel. And frankly, I can’t think of the first pleasure of writing, let alone any unexpected ones. Because right now, I just want to run naked out into my field, amongst the cows, coyotes and raccoons, screaming “these characters are making me crazy! Aaaggghhhhh!!!” But alas, the […]

October 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Five Ways to Increase Micro-Tension

Five Ways to Increase Micro-Tension

How do we keep readers invested in what will happen next? As writers, we want readers on the edge of their seat, even in scenes that don’t justify heart-pounding action. Micro-tension, a term I first encountered in Donald Maass’ The Fire in Fiction, offers a solution. Recently I’ve been working on micro-tension in my own […]

October 12, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More