Writing Life

Genre Glue

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

This has been a puzzling week. Conversations with authors revealed that a few of them were brainstorming new book ideas in a different genre. Tremors in the industry or the feeling of being stuck may have precipitated …

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Books That Surprise Me

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

I read many books. Pre-published books, published books, bestsellers. But there’s nothing that delights me more than books that surprise me. Let me talk about a few.

Several years ago I was in an airport with my …

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7 Ways Writers Live in Paradox

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

I was talking with a writer about the tension between writing from her heart, and writing what the market seems to need. And it got me thinking of all the ways writers and publishing professionals have to …

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Covering the Daily Bases

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

This week I’ve been trying to follow the health advice Janet blogged about on Monday. It went pretty well for two days, exercising in the morning and getting up from my desk every half hour or …

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Give Them What They Want

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

Back when I was in school, I embraced an important truth:

If I want to succeed according to someone else’s standards, then I need to give them what they want.

It started with my teachers. To get …

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How to Combat the Negative Effects of a Sedentary, Overeating Lifestyle

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

By this time in a new year, most of us have lost the battle to maintain our resolutions to eat better and exercise more. Don’t ask me how I know this to be the case.

Several …

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Your Writing Playlist

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

Do you listen to music while you write?

I came across this article from The Washington Post. It discusses a study that shows that listening to music that you enjoy can help you to focus your thoughts …

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How to Work With a Freelance Editor

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

Lately more writers have been asking me if they should hire an editor prior to submitting to agents and/or publishers. Most writers who are going the indie route are using freelance editors as well. I think it’s …

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Your Inner Author Nagging

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

An email a few days ago explained the alert beeping in the back of my mind that I’ve been dismissing since the holidays. We all have these nigglings from time to time that hint something is awry. …

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What Can a Novelist Learn from Nonfiction?

Michelle Ule

Blogger: Michelle Ule

Sitting in for Wendy Lawton who is traveling.

Writers are always given advice about how to write and what to write about. One recommendation for novelists is to read the genre you’re writing.

Romance writers should read …

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