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What Book Clubs Are Teaching Me About Writing

What Book Clubs Are Teaching Me About Writing

I’ll let you in on a little secret. I always wanted to be in a Book Club. I couldn’t articulate why because from the outside I couldn’t be sure exactly what occurred there – food, wine, maybe even some discussion about a, you know, book – but it just seemed to me from the way […]

March 31, 2015 | By | Reply More
Up the Ante on Exposing Yourself

Up the Ante on Exposing Yourself

The retreat leader, a New York Times bestselling author, had scribbled those six daunting words in blue ink and all caps across the back of page seven. I already felt plenty exposed. Not only had I laid bare the first ten pages of my fledgling memoir, I was revealing my work to eight strangers who, […]

March 26, 2015 | By | 6 Replies More
“This Is How It Goes.”

“This Is How It Goes.”

Allow me to set the scene – You recently completed writing the most difficult story of your career. You pulled it off! Your exhaustive research came through. The ending poured out of you like liquid diamonds. You redid the ending of your last novel a dozen times. This time, it felt like the story was […]

March 23, 2015 | By | 10 Replies More
In Defense of Fluff

In Defense of Fluff

“Anyway, it’s not a bad book. I just felt like it was more fluff than anything else.” That is a direct quote from a Goodreads review for one of my books and it doesn’t bother me at all.  Yes, you read that correctly — it does not bother me at all that  someone thinks a […]

March 9, 2015 | By | 30 Replies More
Writing in Community: You Don’t Have To Do It Alone

Writing in Community: You Don’t Have To Do It Alone

Laura Munson is the author of the New York Times and international bestselling memoir “This Is Not The Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness” She tells us why writing in community can bring out people’s voice. “I write in a solitude born out of community”—Terry Tempest Williams I am home from […]

March 5, 2015 | By | 7 Replies More
Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women

Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women

An anthology? How hard could that be? Great idea. Get other writers. Everyone already loves the title. “It’s just way more work than you can imagine. Even if you imagine a lot of work, it’s more.” Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon It was at least five years ago when the percolating began. You know what […]

February 28, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
Women Writing Women

Women Writing Women

Like most of us, I began writing with the hope of creating the kind of novels I most wanted to read. While I tried to figure out what that was, I was lucky to land a minor ghostwriting job, which led to more. Writing as someone else came easily. I could submerge in another person’s […]

February 25, 2015 | By | 6 Replies More
What I Learned From my Mentor

What I Learned From my Mentor

I’d been lost in the wilderness of writing for decades. Scraps of writing on torn-off bits of paper were clogging up drawers. Thousands more bits and pieces sat, ignored, on my computer, some of which dated back to 2002. Assignments from a home-study writing course were never completed and barely started ‘how to’ books littered […]

February 16, 2015 | By | 16 Replies More
Love Letter

Love Letter

Dear Writing, It’s Valentine’s Day. Or almost. So now it’s time to tell you what you’ve meant to me and how you’ve changed my heart and life. Good love letters reminisce and remind of those first sightings, those early flirtations and that heady free fall into real love. So here goes. I first spotted you […]

February 12, 2015 | By | 4 Replies More
Life After Switching Genres; Don’t Be Afraid!

Life After Switching Genres; Don’t Be Afraid!

A friend surprised me recently when she said “You write best when you write Creative Non-Fiction.” That is not who I started out to be and that is not what I started out to write. Writers have been taught that best practice involves writing what you know. Why didn’t I think that applied to me? […]

February 11, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More