In an Orange Room: Writing Prompts and the New Year

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Wow, I haven’t blogged in a long time. A LONG time. I mean, I have been busy: I’ve spent the last three years turning a flailing freelance career into a full-time career, writing hundreds of articles, a couple books, and editing some manuscripts. But I’ve always always said: if you really want to write, you write. You find the time. I miss my fiction the most in the flurry of work, and though I’m not a big maker of New Year’s resolutions, I am a huge fan of dedicated writing practice, particularly inspired by #continuouspractice by Saundra Goldman. I aim to write a little tiny twinkle of fiction as many days of the year as possible. The guidelines will be … Read More

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Friday Roundup

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Hey everybody. You’ve probably noticed that I’ve dropped off blogging (or you haven’t noticed until now, when you’re getting this long overdue halllllooooo!). Well, freelance life has been busy, and that’s a good thing in so many ways, but it also means less of this. Resources and Awesome Posts For You: This Startup Will Piss Off Publishers and Make Freelancers Happy Contently Master Scene Types for Page-Turning Plots at Writer Unboxed 5 Ways You Can Improve Your Mood Right Now (Sweatpants & Coffee has a clean new web design) An Alpine Antidote to Working Weekends NY Times 4 Ways to Take Better Breaks at mental_floss Here are my most recent articles. Stay tuned for some really helpful ones on Freelancing in the next couple … Read More

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Stories of Persistence: Interview with Jessica Barksdale

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1. How did you develop a writing practice over the years? Mostly, writing has always made me feel more human. Once I realized this, I decided that not only did I prefer to be sane but I would have a nice product afterward. Poems, stories, novels. Writing every day brings contentment and something to work on. 2. Name 1-2 memorable risks you’ve taken over the years that felt scary but ultimately paid off in your writing practice or career. Changing genre (from literary writing to genre writing) was scary, as there are some pretty rude assumptions out there about romance writers. But it paid off monetarily as well as in terms of craft. I learned a great deal about plot. … 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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