As a writer, I am putting myself out into the world in a major way. I am sharing my life experiences, beliefs, and a bit of my soul for others to interpret and judge. I am sure I wouldn't be willing to put myself out there to be judged and risk rejection had I not learned early on that it's possible to feel rejected and still survive.
You and I can do the same thing. We can train our ability to delay gratification, just like we can train our muscles in the gym. And you can do it in the same way as the child and the researcher: by promising something small and then delivering.
"I'm half British (father) and half American (mother) and I grew up in London. My father is a writer and director of theatre, opera and pretty much anything else that can be staged. My mother also worked in theatre through which she met my father in New York."
Elizabeth Gilbert, the best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love, The Signature of All Things, and the forthcoming Big Magic, speaks with Omega about her...
It's a summer morning and the house is quiet. My kids are still asleep and with no school or camp for today, they could very well sleep until noon.
Writing a book is not like journalism. For one thing, it takes longer. Sometimes a lot longer. In a four-decade career in news, I wrote on tight deadlines, often under pressure, and with no excuses for a story that didn't get done on time.
When it comes to talking, we don't have to think much. Words and phrases move effortlessly from our brains to our mouths. But when it's time to sit down and write? Total crickets.
If genre is a category of literary composition, what's a category? And why does genre matter? A post on agentquery.com articulates a great response to "why genre matters" with the simple statement that genres are "a staple of the publishing world."
A variety of experiences out West broadened my Bronx Puerto Rican working-class perspective, but navigating the shark-filled waters between my private and familial lives was an oppressive burden I'd endure for many years after coming out at age 21 -- a terrifying tightrope walk.
I recently attended the 21st Century Children's Nonfiction Conference where the conversation encompassed all things nonfiction from writing it to publishing it to teaching it. What interested me most was what I knew least. How can gifted teachers use nonfiction in the classroom?
Most people think that building better habits or changing your actions is all about willpower or motivation. But the more I learn, the more I believe that the number one driver of better habits and behavior change is your environment.
Creative writing is easy, and anyone can do it. All you have to do is follow these simple steps.
Steve Jobs had very limited furniture in his first home. Yet he hung a portrait of the great scientist. Albert Einstein. He studied Albert through and through.
Writing has always been a passion of mine, until it wasn't any more; due to harsh words. I guess the short version of this is there are many words people use every day. Choose yours carefully.
I have a female roommate in a spare room in my home (who is also a blogger) and she posted this image of pink razors (that was taken inside my personal bathroom) with her snarky caption!
First, editors are industry professionals who can educate often-naive authors about the facts of life in the real world of publishing.