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Writing and Solitude

Ann Tashi Slater | Posted 05.13.2015 | Books
Ann Tashi Slater

Writing is a solitary pursuit. There's something of the loneliness of the long distance runner in it. It often feels like an extreme sport. Hour after hour after hour of solitude. Time passing quickly if the work is going well, crawling if it's not.

4 Killer Ways Writers Can Combat Rejection

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.21.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

I got fan mail and queries from agents -- but for five years after that, not one editor anywhere accepted another story of mine. Rejection is a part of every writer's life. How do you deal with it and keep going?

A Magical Island: Making the Most of Your Novel's Setting

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.01.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

To me, settings are far more than just places in books. I view settings as essential components of every novel, because so often places convey the interior landscapes of the characters and deepen the reader's experience.

How to Keep Your Writing Warm When You Can't Write

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.29.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Unfortunately, a writing retreat, there's always the letdown. You come back and family life is the same exhilarating, exhausting Bermuda Triangle it always is. And there your bag sits with those fresh pages of your novel, untouched, as mine has been for the past four days since coming home.

How to Make the Most of Your Writing Retreat

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.11.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

I love my husband, my house, my work, my kids. But, like most writers, I fantasize about a room of one's own, a place where the cell phone doesn't ring and nobody knocks on my door.

Why Writers Should Kick That Amazon Addiction to the Door!

Holly Robinson | Posted 09.12.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

There are few things more satisfying than publishing a novel: You get to make things up! You get to put yourself in other people's shoes -- and choo...

Feeling Creatively Blocked? Turn Off the Noise in Your Head!

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.03.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

We all have mornings like the one I had today: making breakfast, using the cattle prod to get kids off to school, kitchen cleanup, laundry, email, tex...

Gut Check: Living the Writer's Life

Dennis Palumbo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dennis Palumbo

Like it or not, if you're a writer, there's no escaping the writer's life. There's no "Get out of jail free" card when it comes to the feelings, obsessions and worries that accompany any writer's efforts.