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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Why You Should Go to a Writing Conference…

JordanA Writer's Guide to Persistence, Classes, Craft

This past weekend I had a fantastic time speaking at the Writer’s Digest annual writing conference, in New York. They’ve been holding this conference for years, and it shows in its well-oiled unfolding and high caliber of presentations. It’s a pleasure to be there to speak, but I tell you, I still fondly remember the years when I attended writing conferences as an aspiring writer–the froth of excitement and nerves in my chest as I walked past authors I admired, agents I wanted to pitch, and so on.   In fact, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that there are a lot of wonderful reasons to go to conferences, and writers should be reminded why. The … Read More

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Why Write? The Point of Persistence

JordanA Writer's Guide to Persistence, Writing for Joy, Writing. Practice.

This week my author copies of A Writer’s Guide to Persistence arrived in the mail and with them, that surreal bewilderment of time having sped up so fast that it felt as though I had jumped into the future in a blink. Wasn’t I just dreaming up the idea as a series of journal entries and blog posts meant to cheer myself out of a funk? Hadn’t I just gotten the news from Writer’s Digest Books that they would buy this idea borne out of hope and joy? Wasn’t I just plunking out the first draft, knuckling through the revision? Yes. Yes. And yes. This book’s birth has felt so fast, and frankly so easy because I undertook the whole process with little pressure on myself … Read More

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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Writer

JordanA Writer's Guide to Persistence, Guest Blogs

Hi friends! We are in the official countdown to the publication of A Writer’s Guide to Persistence (which is available for pre-order). I’m told that copies may be available as soon as April 15th (a welcome respite from tax day)! In the process, I’ll be bringing you stories of persistence from a variety of writers. At the end of each post is a question you can answer to win a free copy of one of my books, including Persistence. Today’s guest post is by Lillian Ann Slugocki         Last year, I knew I was finished as a writer. I couldn’t even be bothered to write in my journal. I had nothing to say, because I didn’t have a voice … Read More

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