You'll often read or hear the advice that writing is basically getting to it, sitting down and doing it, or more elegantly that 'The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.'
After doing some reading, I became convinced that the key to living that next chapter of my life might be recording this chapter and envisioning the future using pen on paper. Journaling could be the key to progress.
Keeping these points in mind will make writing your blurb fun and enjoyable because it is about giving to others; and giving is always grander and more joyful than taking - which is exactly the key ingredient that makes up a great blurb.
I must admit that it took a while to get over my fear. When I slowed down or met an obstacle while writing, I wondered whether or not the disruption was due to the new process and the difficulties of having to remember the new strokes on a computer keyboard.
A committed athlete knows that success comes from the willingness to push yourself seemingly beyond your ability, to court fear just a little, and to relinquish safety. Write into what scares you. Go past the point where you feel comfortable and you'll see how much stronger your work can become.
What might you attract to your own life if you were living in such a space? What if you knew your story could change the world? What if you believed you were meant to touch the lives of people around the globe?
There's NO reason whatsoever why writing a memoir should take years and years. Think again. With a little bit of planning, you can turn your life-long dream of memoir writing into publishable action with these tried and true FIVE steps.
It's that time of year for New Year's Resolutions. Maybe one of your big goals is to publish a book. So in 2015, why not commit? Make it a priority and knock out that first novel, memoir, or story collection. Here are six tips for making your book happen this year.
Holiday parties and preparations occupy your evenings and weekends, leaving you with little time to write, and the new year beckons with promises of a fresh start. In their own words, here are five of our favorite authors on the secrets of their success.
Time management sounds like such a dry topic, but it's really about letting some things go so that you can do what you love. These two strategies won't work for everyone, and it's of critical importance to discern which strategy works best for you.
Imagine the line you draw as a river and the turns in the river occur whenever one of the scenes changes the narrator in some way (i.e. narrator gets married, has an epiphany, suffers a loss). When you're done, notice if there are any scenes missing.
A lot of women are familiar with that empty nest feeling. Author Lesley Kagen used that feeling to start a whole new career as a writer. Her first book, New York Times bestseller, Whistling in the Dark (NAL/Penguin) was published when she was 57.
College early action and early decision deadlines have come and gone, and you know what that means! Time to start prepping even more essays. The good news is: I have some words of wisdom to help make sure your essays are "totally baller" or whatever the kids are saying these days.
Remember that for most business books, the book itself is not going to make you money -- it's the business that it may attract, the professional credibility it will build for you, and the platform it can develop.
Today, on the eve of NaNoWriMo*, we will focus on bad advice for the novelist. We feel we should make this distinction insofar as some of this advice might actually not be bad advice if you are planning on a work of non-fiction.
Seldom do we see a white character described as having almond shaped eyes, or skin the color of a beverage, because white characters are not frequently described beyond eye color, hair color, and body type.