Tag Archive 'inspiration'
Dave King on Oct 21 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, Genre, Uncategorized
photo by Jaina
A couple of weeks ago, a client told me one of his beta readers had said his book read like a comic book. I asked why that was a bad thing.
Granted, you don’t want your characters to be shallow caricatures or your plot to be mechanical or contrived, which is what many people mean by “reads like a comic book.” But all of this client’s characters were fully rounded and plausibly human. Even the psychopath who hunted [...]
Guest on Sep 14 2014 | Filed under: Inspirations, Writing life
Photo by Scott White
Our guest today is Warren Adler, best known for The War of the Roses, his masterpiece fictionalization of a macabre divorce turned into the Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated dark comedy hit starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito. Adler’s international hit stage adaptation of the novel will premiere on Broadway in 2015-2016 (to be produced by Jay and Cindy Gutterman). Adler has also optioned and sold film rights for a number of his works [...]
Sarah McCoy on Aug 26 2014 | Filed under: Book Talk, CRAFT
Last month I caught what can only be titled The Stomach Virus from the Damnable Pit of Hades. Yes, it earned the superfluous moniker. But don’t worry—this isn’t a post about my gastrointestinal woes. I’ll spare you those details. I mention it because it was the first time I’d ever experienced synesthesia of the body and more significantly, of books.
I’d read about this phenomenon in my Writer Unboxed sister Therese Walsh’s novel The Moon Sisters. So I felt I had [...]
Guest on Aug 17 2014 | Filed under: Health, Humor, Inspirations, REAL WORLD, Writing life
By Jenny Downing on Flickr’s Creative Commons
Today’s guest is Renee Swindle, the author of newly released A Pinch Of Ooh La La and Shake Down The Stars (NAL/Penguin). Her first novel, Please Please Please, was an Essence Magazine bestseller. Renee has an MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University. An admitted tea snob, Renee lives in Oakland with three rescue dogs and three cats—“Yep, six animals and me,” says Renee.
Dish magazine says, “Swindle has a way of making [...]
Julia Munroe Martin on Aug 09 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, Humor, Writing life
There’s this guy. He’s an adrenaline junkie. The woman’s a massage therapist. They meet and… and… and… well of course they fall in love. That’s a given. But it won’t last (or will it?). And then there’s something about traveling from Montana to Maine and jumping out of a million airplanes. His name’s Elias… no J.P., and hers is Ellie. No. Allison. And of course they both have secrets—his involves feeling responsible for someone’s death, maybe an ex-lover. [...]
Guest on Aug 02 2014 | Filed under: Inspirations, REAL WORLD, Writing life
By Flickr’s See-ming Lee 李思明
Today’s guest is Maryann Reid, award-winning author and TV/radio social commentator. Maryann has been featured by countless media outlets including USA Today, Essence, Glamour, The CBS Early Show, and The Wendy Williams Experience. In addition, she is a popular guest lecturer at colleges—where she has taught writing and business skills to groups who want to lead their ideal life on their own terms. Maryann has been profiled in The New Yorker, Newsweek, Oprah.com, and NBC [...]
Guest on Jun 24 2014 | Filed under: Inspirations, Writing life
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Our guest today is Marybeth Whalen, author of five novels. The newest one The Bridge Tender releases this month and brings readers back to Sunset Beach, North Carolina. Marybeth is the cofounder of the popular site, She Reads.
I am passionate about the craft of writing and encouraging other writers in that craft.
She and her husband Curt have been married for twenty-two years and are the parents of six children—ranging in age from college to elementary [...]
Guest on Jun 22 2014 | Filed under: Business, Inspirations, Writing life
Victory by sgatto (Flickr Creative Commons)
Today’s guest, Nina Amir, author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual, transforms writers into inspired, successful authors, authorpreneurs and blogpreneurs. Known as the “Inspiration to Creation Coach,” Nina moves her clients from ideas to finished books as well as to careers as authors by helping them combine their passion and purpose so they create products that positively and meaningfully impact the world. Some of Nina’s clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their [...]
Guest on Jun 08 2014 | Filed under: Inspirations, Writing life
Please welcome Natalia Sylvester, debut author of Chasing the Sun. Natalia was born in Lima, Peru, and she came to the U.S. at age four. She grew up in South Florida and received a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. A former magazine editor, Natalia now works as a freelance writer in Texas. Her articles have appeared in Latina Magazine, Writer’s Digest, The Writer, and NBCLatino.com.
Here’s what Seré Prince Halverson, author of The Underside of Joy, had [...]
Julia Munroe Martin on Dec 14 2013 | Filed under: Inspirations, REAL WORLD
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s final resting place
On a recent visit to Boston (a two-hour drive from our home in Maine), we decided on a whim to swing through Concord, Massachusetts. Famous for its early role in the Revolutionary War, Concord is also home to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where literary giants Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Ralph Waldo Emerson lay in rest on Authors Ridge—the focus of our impromptu visit.
A sense of solemnity settled over me as I [...]
Robin LaFevers on Jun 14 2013 | Filed under: CRAFT, Inspirations, Shrinking Violets
photo by kyz via Flickr
I’m often asked why I write books for kids and teens instead of grown up books, and my answer is always this: I write for kids and teens because the books we read when we’re young begin to shape and define not only our reading tastes, but our very selves. Rarely do the books we read as adults become a part of our emotional DNA in quite the same way.
As many writers quickly learn, once [...]
Robin LaFevers on Jan 11 2013 | Filed under: CRAFT, Shrinking Violets
(photo by flickr’s alice popkorn)
I talk a lot about digging deeper in the writing process and putting more of our true selves on the page. It occurred to me about halfway through my second post on the subject that at some point I was going to have to address how to protect oneself in light of all that truth talking and self exposing. But I was okay with that because I’d just embarked on my own journey to discover [...]