Friday Round-Up

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Holiday specials

It’s Friday, yay! Throw your hands in the air–well, not if you’re at work. Here’s what you missed this week chez moi: Not a Night Mother | Role/Reboot I feel like I am confessing a great sin when I admit: I am not a good night mother. At the end of a work-at-home day as a mostly full-time writer and editor, and the constant tiny demands of the household, my patience and coping skills splinter apart at night. Night is the time when I need to pause the full-bore level of mommy performance, to loosen the tether between my son and me just a little, for his hands to stop their grasping, to turn down the talking, to enter the … Read More

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Blog Tour | Jill Corcoran & Martha Alderson’s A Path to Publishing

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I am excited to host two amazing ladies on my blog today, to tell you about  the fabulous program they have put together to help authors get their book published and to learn how to revise your novels in a manner that will make manuscripts shine!   VIDEO SERIES We offer writers two video series with more in production: 1) PlotWriMo: Revise Your Novel in a Month http://apathtopublishing.com 8 videos, 5.5 hours + 3- hands-on exercises Congratulations! You have written a draft of a novel. You’ve accomplished what many writers merely talk about and dream of doing – you have written an entire story from beginning to end. When you finish celebrating, it is time to revise: to re-envision and rewrite … Read More

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Too Much of a Good Thing

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I haven’t been a very good blogger lately, I’m sorry. There were revisions on A Writer’s Guide to Persistence due. A draft of Deep Scenes (my forthcoming book with Martha Alderson) to complete. In between were edits and articles as well. So while those things are done, scraped away from my plate, in their place are all the other projects that got pushed aside. Now I’m feeling the stomach-lurching gravity of the downward side of the slope tugging at my edges, the fringe of my feelings tinted blue, the thoughts that lean toward can’t and won’t and why. My mind and body are crying: Rest. Stop. No more. And my ever-furious muse is singing John Mellencamp: Come on baby, make it hurt so good. Too much work … Read More

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Say Yes

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Happy November 3rd! Subscribers to my newsletter receive pep talks like this one every month, along with discounts, submission opportunities, and more. Don’t miss out. Subscribe today: Meanwhile, here’s a sneak peek. Say Yes Intrepid scribes: many of you are participating in #NanoWriMo right now–which means you only skimmed this, but that’s okay. This month, when holidays and obligations begin their python-squeeze around our necks, you may find yourself saying no to things that matter to you. So let me be your cheerleader, the voice that has your writerly back. I want you to SAY YES to yourself this month. To your writing, to your creativity, to your dreams. Anytime someone achieves fame in the arts, people want to know: How, Why, … Read More

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Revise for Publication CWC Workshop

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CALIFORNIA WRITERS CLUB–BERKELEY BRANCH Saturday, November 8, 2014. 10am  to 1pm. So you want to be published?  It’s been said that after the wild creative outpouring, the real writing happens in the art of revision.  Your best chance of attracting readers is through a strong “re-seeing” of your work, to craft the work so it appeals to readers of all stripes. Writers who learn to love revision are more likely to write publishable work that wins readers and leads to deeper satisfaction in the writer’s craft. This workshop will help any writer with the goal of publication learn to demystify key areas of revision, from the micro to the macro.  You can learn to enjoy revision by breaking it down … Read More

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