Monthly Archives: January 2013

Wednesday Writing Prompt: The Facebook Profile by Rochelle Melander

Last summer, I had the opportunity to teach writing at the Milwaukee Art Museum. As we worked with students in developing characters, we asked them to choose a character from a painting and then create a Facebook profile for that … Continue reading

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How to Focus on a Task and Write More by Rochelle Melander

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days. —Zig Ziglar According to psychiatrist Edward M. Hallowell, our fast-paced world filled with hundreds of immediate demands on our time and attention can cause … Continue reading

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Five Writing Tips Inspired by Jane Austen by Jane Nardin

I’m delighted to welcome author and professor Jane Nardin to the blog who has brilliant advice for us from Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice. Follow the directions below the tip to enter to win a copy of Jane Nardin’s … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: Winter Haiku by Rochelle Melander

I struggle to be present. When I’m exercising, I plan my writing time. When I’m writing, I worry about what’s lurking in my email. When I check email, I’m trying to figure out how I can answer 80 messages and … Continue reading

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Tame the Frenzy and Write More by Rochelle Melander

It’s nervous work. The state you need to write in is the state that others are paying large sums to get rid of. — Shirley Hazard In Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life: Train Your Brain to Get More Done … Continue reading

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In Depth Interview: Chuck Galey, Picture Book Author and Illustrator

Today I’m delighted to offer you an interview with Chuck Galey, author and illustrator of many picture books. Enjoy! You’ve been in the children’s book business for 20 years now. What was your path in? I completed my college degree in … Continue reading

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Writers@Work: Prison Stories by Elaine Blanchard

I met Elaine Blanchard in 2006 at Washington National Cathedral’s College of Preachers. We’d both received fellowships to study writing. After long days of writing, workshops, and eating amazing food, we’d head out to walk the neighborhood and talk. Since … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: The Idea Hunt

I keep a journal filled with ideas for my blog and novel writing. Usually I jot down ideas as they hit me throughout the week—sometimes in the journal, often on the notes app on my mobile phone. Once in awhile, … Continue reading

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The Fit Writer by Rochelle Melander

All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking. —Friedrich Nietzsche Last week, I received my 2012 year-end report from Daily Mile. I learned that I’d walked and biked well over 600 miles. With all that exercise, Daily Mile reported that … Continue reading

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Who Are You: Characters That Stand Out To Readers by Angela Ackerman

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Angela Ackerman to the blog. She’s an insightful writer and blogger who is the coauthor of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. In today’s tip, she talks about how you can create … Continue reading

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