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What Do You Mean I Have to Market My Writing?

What Do You Mean I Have to Market My Writing?

We all start with different decks. Some with no cards. Some with no money. Some not even at the table. It’s not fair. There’s nothing fair about it. Maybe it will never be fair. But if you want to play, if I want to play, whatever odds I was given, them’s the odds I got. […]

November 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
How many Beta Readers do you need?

How many Beta Readers do you need?

Someone in my writing group recently sent his first chapters to five different people … and got five very different responses. The result: he’s more confused than ever. Beta readers—those readers you trust your manuscript to before sending it out to an agent, editor, or publishing house—can give valuable feedback. They read with more distance […]

November 21, 2014 | By | 14 Replies More
5 Ways to Spot and Avoid Sketchy Editors and Publications

5 Ways to Spot and Avoid Sketchy Editors and Publications

I still remember that summer afternoon when my mother came upstairs to find me weeping into my pillow. I was 20 years old, and I had just discovered that my boyfriend had been cheating on me. Of course, I told my mother the edited, sanitized version of the story, omitting that part about walking into […]

November 19, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Which Writing Self is me?

Which Writing Self is me?

Do you know what’s propelling you forward and what’s holding you back in your writing and in your life? I do, thanks to a self awareness exercise** I do periodically. It’s helped me realise why it’s taken me over a year (and counting) to write the dreaded second novel while the first only took about […]

October 11, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
5 Writing Rules We Break!

5 Writing Rules We Break!

Rules schmules! Call us rebellious, but when it comes to writing, we think some rules were made to be broken. Never start a sentence with a conjunction. So I have impeccable grammar, if I do say so myself. The basics, I like to proudly declare, I’ve pretty much got down. It’s versus its. There, their […]

October 9, 2014 | By | 8 Replies More
You Too Can Write Your Memoir

You Too Can Write Your Memoir

Four years ago if someone had told me I’d write a book, I would’ve told them they had mistaken me for someone else. For a real writer. Everything I’d written up to that point either had to do with college papers, my thesis, reports for work, or online articles on gardening in the desert. But […]

October 1, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More
Menopause and Writing

Menopause and Writing

“I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk […]

September 29, 2014 | By | 12 Replies More
Why writers must ‘Lean In’ too

Why writers must ‘Lean In’ too

It is now five months since the publication of my debut novel. Five months. That’s all. I am a mere baby in a world full of writing grown-ups, who have double-figure novels to their name and impressive awards to add to their author bio. And yet, in those few months, I have learnt so much […]

September 10, 2014 | By | 13 Replies More
Act, React and Interact

Act, React and Interact

To avoid too much ‘telling’, characters should be allowed to act. This means they’ll react and interact, as well. Different characters react differently to the same incident, to external conflicts or stimuli, to internal conflicts and to each other Let’s look at the following passage: Joe squinted against the sunlight dancing on the lake, wiping […]

September 8, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Memoir Writing Tips

Memoir Writing Tips

Heidi Siefkas wrote a memoir about her extraordinary story of survival. We asked her if she could share some memoir writing tips with us. Writing a memoir is an all-in, unveiling of your most private experiences to the world. It’s not a sneak peek, but the whole enchilada whether good, bad, or Montezuma’s revenge. I’m […]

September 1, 2014 | By | 7 Replies More