Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Project Book

In 2002, when Julie Powell began her Julie and Julia blog project, cooking 524 of Julia Child’s recipes in a single year, the project book was a fairly new idea. The Julie and Julia book was published in 2005, and … Continue reading

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Writers Read

If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. —Stephen King On Saturday, I stopped at our local library with a big bag. I spent time reviewing the shelves … Continue reading

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How Smart Authors Are Using LinkedIn

Most of you know I am a big fan of social media. In fact, most of the people who guest post on this blog are people I met through social media. I met my fantastic book publicist Dindy Yokel in a … Continue reading

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The Well-Shod Writer

Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out. —Iris Murdoch I’d planned to begin a new series on nonfiction book formats today. My first post on The Project Book is nearly done but not quite ready … Continue reading

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The Daily Calendar: We have Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered the Calendar contest—we had more entries than ever before! YEAH! I’m thrilled to announce that we have two winners! Both Blair Monroe and Kathy Eliscu won calendars. Winners, please email me your snail mail address, and … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: The Ideal Bookshelf

Last week, I happened upon artist Jane Mount’s Ideal Bookshelf series of paintings and fell in love! I lusted after this print of middle grade books that had already sold out and purchased another bookshelf of childhood favorites for now. … Continue reading

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What Do You Know: The Writer’s Inventory

When I speak to groups of writers, I frequently hear the question: what should I write about? Last week we talked about how following our passion can provide a pretty good list of writing topics. But if thinking about your … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: The Daily Calendar

Write fast and carelessly every day. Forget all the rules. Forget your fears. Forget what your English teacher told you about the right way to write. Get down your observations, feelings, and ideas. Don’t write about anything boring to you—that’s … Continue reading

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Writers: Find Your Passion

Writing isn’t generally a lucrative source of income; only a few, exceptional writers reach the income levels associated with the best-sellers. Rather, most of us write because we can make a modest living, or even supplement our day jobs, doing … Continue reading

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Lessons from High School Drama: Attitude vs. Aptitude

Today I am delighted to welcome guest blogger Sarah Allen. I met Sarah on Twitter in December, checked out her amazing blog, and wrote her a fan letter–hoping she would guest blog for me. And here she is! When you … Continue reading

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