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The 10 Commandments of Southern Writers

The 10 Commandments of Southern Writers

Southern writer F. Diane Pickett is the author of the National Indie Excellence Award-winning book “Never Isn’t Long Enough.” She shares her 10 commandments of Southern Writers with us. (l) You must have been “raised right” so deep in the South that you can get to Atlanta without a road map and know that Buckhead […]

April 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
Reviews, a Game of Give and Take

Reviews, a Game of Give and Take

We all know how much the world of publishing has changed in the last few years. The gatekeepers have been swept away by self-publishing. Anyone can write a book, and offer it for sale on Amazon. And anyone can write a review and post it. So much democracy! So much freedom! Is this a good […]

March 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Inner Critter: Awareness First, The Writing Will Follow

The Inner Critter: Awareness First, The Writing Will Follow

I recently had a woman come on my Haven Writing Retreat and say, “I learned more in five days of Haven than in my entire MFA program…and I’m still paying it off six years later!” I hear this sort of overture all too often, and it concerns me. I also hear, “I’m still chiseling my […]

March 21, 2015 | By | 7 Replies More
Write for Victory!

Write for Victory!

Apologies in advance for starting this post with a negative thought, but it has to be said: there is a lot of disappointment in the business of writing. It is an inescapable part of the job which can make it difficult (to say the least) to keep moving forward, to keep trying, to keep writing. […]

March 18, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Survival Guide to Writing an (e)Book Series

Survival Guide to Writing an (e)Book Series

There have been many interesting things I’ve discovered about being a published author over the past twelve months, and many challenges that I wasn’t expecting, including the amount of time edits take, the need for exhaustive promo and the sheer amount of hours required at the laptop. Last summer I was presented with one of […]

March 16, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
The Literary Salon And How To Have One

The Literary Salon And How To Have One

A literary salon is all about exploring the riches of one’s heart. Contrary to what I have believed, it seems that Les Grandes Dames des Salons Parisiens were not the first to start that noble tradition during the sixieme et septieme siecles. Others got there first. The poet and scholar, Al-Khanas, recited her poetry en […]

March 12, 2015 | By | 6 Replies More
Finding Your Writer’s Voice

Finding Your Writer’s Voice

A writer’s voice is a tricky thing. Every writer knows that they should have it, every publisher is certain that they want it, and every reader needs to trust it in order to be able to enjoy the reading experience. And yet it is also a nebulous thing, a curious thing, and an instinctive thing. […]

February 23, 2015 | By | 5 Replies More
As an Author, Do You Need an Intern?

As an Author, Do You Need an Intern?

An ‘intern’ is the new literary or arts apprentice which is more skilled than ‘work experience’. And some can be VIRTUAL interns, working from anywhere. ‘Self –employment’ is an increasingly important choice for creatives and our culture needs more entrepreneurs AND authorpreneurs. Until now, I’ve avoided having an intern. Despite requests to provide work-experience for […]

February 19, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
In Defense of Head-Hopping

In Defense of Head-Hopping

In writing, head hopping is defined as using an omniscient third-person narrator to hop from the head of one character right into another. This is thought to cause confusion for the reader and leave them wondering whose thoughts they’re supposed to follow now. I understand that the idea of keeping a sharp line between the […]

February 7, 2015 | By | 5 Replies More
How to write good, realistic dialogue

How to write good, realistic dialogue

Best-selling novelist Isabel Wolff offers her tips on how to write good, realistic dialogue. Dialogue is what happens when two or more characters talk to each other. We’ve all read novels in which that conversation is conveyed very awkwardly and this clumsiness pulls us out of the book. Good dialogue, on the other hand, is […]

February 4, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More