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Are You a Real Writer?

Are You a Real Writer?

When I was in my twenties, I considered myself a writer. After all, I’d been the editor of my college literary magazine, and had won several writing contests while in school. It didn’t matter to me that the only writing I’d done since graduation was in notebooks kept under the bed, or that it was […]

April 17, 2014 | By | 14 Replies More
My Five Favorite Pieces of Writing Advice

My Five Favorite Pieces of Writing Advice

Since graduating college, I’ve been a magazine journalist. The first half of my career I spent on staff as an editor at various women’s magazines, the second half as a freelance writer. I have loads of advice to share for the newly graduated who have the same dream I did — to see your name […]

April 10, 2014 | By | 12 Replies More
How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl

How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl

Florida Frenz is the autistic teen author of “How to Be Human, Diary of an Autistic Girl”  She explains to us what writing means to her. I have special needs. There. No hiding, just the straight up blunt truth. I have autism, hypotonia, dysgraphia and, before intense therapy, some kind of reading disability. There’s also […]

April 2, 2014 | By | 9 Replies More
Daunted by Book Promotion? Don’t be.

Daunted by Book Promotion? Don’t be.

I am a dreamer. When two years ago I was told that Julian Fellowes, the writer and creator of Downton Abbey had a sister who lived in Chipping Campden, I believed it was destiny. My novel is set in Chipping Campden, I live in Chipping Campden, he was obviously meant to write the film script […]

March 20, 2014 | By | 15 Replies More
12 Tips for Writing Good Book Reviews

12 Tips for Writing Good Book Reviews

12 Tips for Writing Good Book Reviews There are a number of steps to take to write a good book review, but the most valuable tip of all may be this one: remember that book reviews have more than one audience. They aren’t only for readers. Book reviews are valuable to the book author who […]

How To Write What You Know

How To Write What You Know

 At some point, all writers get told to “write what you know.” It’s part of the landscape of a writer’s life, like being told, “I’d love to write, but I’d never find the time,” or being cornered at parties by bores panting to impart long tedious anecdotes that “would make a good novel.” In the […]

March 11, 2014 | By | 11 Replies More
The Three Golden Rules of Novel Writing

The Three Golden Rules of Novel Writing

Andrea Gillies is the author of three books: the novel The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay (2014), the novel TheWhite Lie (2012), and the non-fiction book Keeper, which won the Wellcome Book Prize 2009 and the Orwell Book Prize 2010. We asked her for some novel writing advice. Knowing the terror of the blank white page, […]

February 27, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
Writing a Novel? Bit like Birthing an Elephant..

Writing a Novel? Bit like Birthing an Elephant..

Years ago, there was a poster on the conference room wall at work that jokingly referred to birthing an elephant. It’s been over 20 years, so I am paraphrasing, but it went something like, “Working here is like birthing an elephant. Everything takes too many months, is accompanied by a chorus of screeching and protesting, […]

February 25, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
#Readwomen2014: 5 ways to get involved

#Readwomen2014: 5 ways to get involved

By now you must have heard about #Readwomen2014, brainchild of author and illustrator Joanna Walsh. But reading books by women writers and tweeting recommendations  isn’t the only way you can get involved. 1. Looking Glass Books in Edinburgh started a #readwomen2014 book club. We hope more will follow! Tweet us about it! 2. That review […]

February 24, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Five Considerations for Happy Collaborative Writing

Five Considerations for Happy Collaborative Writing

Writers are often faced with new challenges. Sometimes, if we’re lucky, those challenges come with happy consequences. Collaborative writing can offer just such a pleasurable experience. We discovered the joys of collaboration during our long journey to produce the book Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-emergence of Woman-Supported Birth in America (Praeclarus Press, 2014).Christine lives […]

February 23, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More