Archive for the 'REAL WORLD' Category
Jane Friedman on Nov 24 2014 | Filed under: Business
I’ve been reading with interest (and sympathy) the comments on Porter Anderson’s Unboxed post last week, where we see the familiar Sturm und Drang of writers grappling with the demands of online marketing—or how to be publicly communicative and chummy when it’s against our nature, perhaps even against our work.
This has remained a problem for a long time now, hasn’t it?
One of my favorite thinkers is Alan Watts, who once said, “Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be […]
Suzannah Windsor Freeman on Nov 22 2014 | Filed under: Writing life
For the last two weeks, my four children and I have been stuck at home trying to extricate ourselves from the evil clutches of the dreaded “stomach flu.” One by one we came down with it, and its effects have been long-lasting and producing vast quantities of laundry. We are bored with television and lazing on couches. We are weary of toast.
Thankfully, at this point in my life, I don’t hold down a typical nine-to-five career, which means I don’t have to take sick leave […]
Porter Anderson on Nov 21 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, INSIDE PUBLISHING, REAL WORLD, Social Media, Writing life
One of the most perceptive regulars in #FutureChat, The FutureBook digital publishing community’s weekly live discussion, is Carla Douglas of BeyondPaperEditing.com in Kingston, Ontario.
And in a recent doing of the discussion, Douglas pointed out that writing, while once among the most isolated and solitary of careers has been made one of the most social by digital communication.
Douglas is always more graceful than I am in these insights of hers.
My iteration of her comment would be that the imperatives of self-promotion through social […]
Meg Rosoff on Nov 19 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, Inspirations, Writing life
Flickr Creative Commons: Jason Eppink
There’s a lot of talk these days about getting yourself a presence on social media, upping your profile, selling yourself, marketing your work, using every angle and every connection in order to “get out there,” hustle your product, hit the bestseller lists, make a splash.
This post is just to remind you that none of this is what writing is about.
Writing is about finding out who you are, what you have to say that is not […]
Kristan Hoffman on Nov 16 2014 | Filed under: Writing life
According to one of my favorite children’s books, if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want a glass of milk to go with it. And if you give the mouse a glass of milk, he’s going to want a straw (to drink with). Then a mirror (to avoid a milk mustache). Then scissors (to groom himself in the mirror). So on and so forth. There is always something more to want.
I think the writing life can be […]
Guest on Nov 14 2014 | Filed under: Inspirations, REAL WORLD, Shrinking Violets
Robin LaFevers writes: One of the hardest things about being a writer can be the sense of isolation we experience–the sense that we are the only ones to feel a certain way. Especially when those feelings are not happy or joyful ones. That’s why fellow writers’ honesty is such a gift. Today I am honored to share with you such a gift–a guest post by YA author Myra McEntire. It is a raw, honest look at some of the hardships […]
Sarah Callender on Nov 12 2014 | Filed under: Health, Humor, REAL WORLD, Writing life
You’ve all heard the big news: 9 out of 10 dentists agree that the path to publication requires sitting our tush in our writing chair and putting words on the page at least once a day. Even when we don’t feel like it. Even when we have writer’s block. Even when we are busy working two other jobs and have a new baby or an untrained puppy or an ill child or aging parent . . . or all of that at once.
I’m no dentist, but I […]
Keith Cronin on Nov 11 2014 | Filed under: Agents, Business, CRAFT, Humor, INSIDE PUBLISHING, Lamentations, Marketing, REAL WORLD, self-publishing, Uncategorized, Writing life
Earlier this year, at an online forum for writers that I frequent, I watched a familiar scenario play itself out. A new member joined the forum, full of excitement (and not a small amount of hubris) about the novel he’d just completed. As he posted his early attempts at a query letter for others to review and critique, two things quickly became clear:
He was convinced the rest of the forum would be utterly dazzled by his unmatched literary […]
Sophie Masson on Nov 10 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, Inspirations, REAL WORLD
This week, my new adult novel, first in a big new series called Trinity, is coming out.
I’m going to be celebrating even more than usual, because this one’s had a long hard road to publication, with nearly four years and several rejections before it was accepted. Even though I’m a well-established author with many books to my name, it looked like this one was fated to remain homeless. ‘Too different’ seemed to be the verdict. A mix of urban fantasy, […]
Annie Neugebauer on Nov 08 2014 | Filed under: Social Media
photo by Gerry Balding
Apparently I’m a glutton for punishment, because if there’s one topic that could be considered controversial about the usage of Twitter, it’s this one. When someone new follows you, should you follow them back?
Some say yes, of course; it’s rude not to. Some say no, why should I? Twitter isn’t meant to be reciprocal. Others (like me) land somewhere in the middle. And still others are baffled, overwhelmed, or totally undecided.
Today I’m going to break down […]
Katrina Kittle on Nov 07 2014 | Filed under: Inspirations, REAL WORLD, Writing life
By Steve Johnson (Flickr CC)
Louis L’Amour has a quote I love: “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” I use this quote often in my classes. I even have this quote posted on the bulletin board in my office.
Why, then, why why why do I need to re-learn this at least once a year?
This fall has been an overwhelming, but exciting time for me. I combined households with the love […]
Anna Elliott on Nov 06 2014 | Filed under: Book Talk, Inspirations, Writing life
I got the call from my husband two weeks ago, the one you never want to get. While at the park, our oldest daughter (age 7) had fallen and broken her arm. (My girl is something of a tree-climbing-roller-skating-bike-riding daredevil. Yet she managed to get a fairly spectacular compound fracture–her first–falling less than 4 feet off the toddler section of the playground. Really? Yup).
She was absolutely incredibly brave about the whole experience, from the ambulance ride to the hospital to […]