Monthly Archives: June 2011

Use Social Media to Improve Your Book Proposal

Social media—they’ve become the buzzwords of this new century. Every writing workshop has at least one class on social media. And if you are going to write a book proposal that sells, you will need to master social media. Here … Continue reading

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Author Event: Ann Patchett

Last night I heard Ann Patchett read from her new book State of Wonder at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee. The store was packed and readers were excited to hear this book group favorite talk about her life, writing and … Continue reading

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The Book Proposal Resource Guide

Every day I meet people who want to write and publish a bestselling nonfiction book. I always encourage them. But, I know how hard it is. The market is tighter than ever before. At the end of 2009, an agent … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: Positivity Journal

In the Summer 2011 issue of Yoga International, Anne Dubrovsky profiles Anusara teacher Amy Ippoliti. In a sidebar, Ippoliti suggests keeping a separate journal for positive events in your life. I love it! Detail Success. Over the years, I have … Continue reading

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Tuesday Write Now! Tip: Reading Memoir

I started reading memoir years ago, thinking it might help me write my own. It did. As I revise my memoir, I continue to be fascinated by how other writers structure the narrative of their lives. Here are some of … Continue reading

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Write2Transform: Fierce Wonderings

In Ralph Fletcher’s marvelous book, A Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You, he encourages readers to examine their fierce wonderings and bottomless questions. Today’s assignment, writers, is to make a list of everything you wonder about. What are you … Continue reading

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Are YOU a real writer?

Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day. —Norman Mailer I’ve read and shared this quote from Norman Mailer multiple times. He gives good advice: real writers work even when they don’t sleep well, the … Continue reading

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What Every Writer Needs

  This past weekend at WriteCamp 3 Milwaukee, a writer asked me what I thought was the most important trait for professional writers. I did not even need to think about my answer: persistence. Today on Online College, I read … Continue reading

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Summer Book Reviews: Arts and Crafts Books

I frequently write about ways to combat writer’s block. One of my favorites: engage a different part of your brain. Though I am not an artist, I like doing art. When I shut down the computer and begin messing with … Continue reading

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