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How to Write about Something You Know Nothing About

How to Write about Something You Know Nothing About

I recently began taking piano lessons as an adult, and I can now tell you this for certain: I am no musician. On the first day, when I told my piano teacher that I wanted to learn to play ragtime, she said: “Why does everyone always want to tackle the hardest music first?” I didn’t […]

September 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Lessons Learned From The Brooklyn Book Festival

Lessons Learned From The Brooklyn Book Festival

Never having been a vendor at a book festival, I jumped at the chance to share a booth at the Brooklyn Book Festival with two other She Writes Press authors, Sande Boritz Berger, author of The Sweetness, A Novel and Liz Gelb O’Connor, author of The Angelorum Chronicles and Caught Up in Raine—romantic women’s fiction. […]

September 25, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
I Can’t Believe You Said That- Using Dialogue to Build Conflict

I Can’t Believe You Said That- Using Dialogue to Build Conflict

Dialogue is a critical component of your novel. It shows character, provides an opportunity to move the plot forward, and increases your pacing by breaking up large narrative blocks. This article focuses on how dialogue can also help build the conflict in your novel. All novels require conflict. Agents, editors, and readers rarely feel that […]

September 11, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Dealing With Serous Issues with Humor and Wit

Dealing With Serous Issues with Humor and Wit

A couple of years ago, I was pitching my first novel, WOLF (KAOS press June 2016), in New York City, and when I told a group of young women authors about the subplot and themes of date rape, party rape, and rape drugs, and I said it was a humorous mystery, some of them were […]

September 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
How a Smartphone Camera Can Jumpstart Your Writing

How a Smartphone Camera Can Jumpstart Your Writing

Both the camera and creative writing offer us a lens into our humanity. Every story is a snapshot of a time, place or person, and every photo has a story to tell. For me, photography and writing have always gone hand in hand.  They are the push and pull of my daily routine, the way I […]

September 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
When To Call It Quits

When To Call It Quits

Starting a fresh manuscript is always an exciting thing for me. The possibility of the blank page. An idea that makes my heart beat faster. Characters chattering away in my head, telling me their stories. Those are the moments I want to hole myself up in a cabin in the woods, just me and my […]

August 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Writing About Online Bullying

Writing About Online Bullying

In the summer of 2014, I was equally deep into freelance writing as mothering. This meant that my days started at the crack of dawn, coffee in hand, typing fingers at the ready. I kept my stature as still and as quiet as possible, not out of pristine habits, but out of fear of waking […]

August 28, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Don’t Kill Your Darlings, Set Them Free

Don’t Kill Your Darlings, Set Them Free

For writers, often the most frightening advice we receive is to “kill our darlings”¾to cut loose those Hope diamonds that, while gorgeous, are sinking the boat we’re trying to steer to shore¾the beautiful opening sentence that doesn’t tie in whatsoever with the opening paragraph (or the rest of the story), the intense supporting character who […]

August 26, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More
How To Use Pinterest As A Writing Tool

How To Use Pinterest As A Writing Tool

At first blush, it may seem a little odd to consider a pictorial social media site like Pinterest a valid writing tool. After all, most users pin things like home decorating ideas, crafts, recipes, and vacation wish lists. But as an author, I also find it to be an invaluable research tool for characters, setting, […]

August 24, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Look Away. You Don’t Want to See This.

Look Away. You Don’t Want to See This.

He narrowed his eyes…with downcast eyes…her eyes darted to the window…she found him with her eyes…her eyes glistened with unshed tears…he blinked in surprise…she stared in amazement…he focused on the ground. Do you see the theme? These phrases are only a handful of the many I found in the rough draft of my work in […]

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