Monthly Archives: April 2011

Write-a-Thon: NaPiBoWriWee by Rochelle Melander

You’ve heard about NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month, when novelists buckle down and write like crazy to complete a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Some of you have even heard about Script Frenzy—where writers give up frolicking in April’s spring showers … Continue reading

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How to Write a Memoir by Rochelle Melander

  Tomorrow, I’ll be interviewing memoir writer Wade Rouse at my Write Now! Mastermind class. Rouse is the author of It’s All Relative: Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of Wine and three other memoirs. I spent … Continue reading

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Organizing for Writers by Rochelle Melander

This is what my office looks like when I am finishing a project: messy. I spent the whole weekend moving furniture, tossing old stuff, cleaning, and organizing. I still have more to do, but I am beginning to feel like … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: Collect Words by Rochelle Melander

My 9th grade English teacher loved the word garage. I didn’t get it. For me, the word garage conjured up images of oil spots and old tools. She kept saying, “Listen to the sound, to how the word rolls off … Continue reading

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Book Review: One Was a Soldier

In 2003, I devoured the debut mystery novel featuring the Rev. Clare Fergusson and Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne, In the Bleak Midwinter in just a few days. With Spencer-Fleming’s latest Fergusson/Van Alstyne mystery, One Was a Soldier, I am … Continue reading

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Write2Transform: Letting Go of Obstacles

It’s too hard. I’m not strong enough. I don’t have time. I throw these kinds of mental obstacles in my path all the time. I hear clients uttering these phrases, too. These words may not be true, but they do … Continue reading

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The Revision Question: Why? by Rochelle Melander

The most important thing is insight, that is … to wonder, to mull, and to muse why it is that a man does what he does. —William Faulkner In my Write Now! Mastermind interview with author Becky Levine, she suggested … Continue reading

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Critique Group Horror Stories

We all have them—critique group horror stories. Maybe someone lambasted you for your political point of view instead of critiquing your novel about a politician. Perhaps a critique group colleague told you that you’ll never amount to much as a … Continue reading

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Write Your Book in 26 Days

  “Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.” —George Orwell Have you ever thought about writing books as a long, difficult struggle? I certainly have—and I LOVE writing! But over the … Continue reading

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Writers@Work: Beth Groundwater on Writing Mysteries

Introducing Deadly Currents Beth Groundwater is known for her cozy mystery series featuring gift basket designer Claire Hanover (A Real Basket Case and To Hell in a Handbasket) This month, Groundwater released, Deadly Currents, the first book in what promises … Continue reading

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