“I don't know what synaesthesia is, but it sounds cool.” 😊
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“I don't know what synaesthesia is, but it sounds cool.” 😊
OTTAWA - Canada is one step closer to the accidental legalization of cannibalism after the House of Commons passed a typo-ridden Bill C-45, formerly known as The Cannabis Act.
Fantastic post for authors who want to be sure their story is accurate and authentic.
Exchanging a sensitivity read for an expert read prompts a discussion on the difference between the two.
Creative (and inexpensive) ways to get professional feedback on your query or book proposal!
So how can you find out if your work is ready to submit without sending the pages out too early and blowing it with that perfect agent? You need to know if it’s query ready before you query.
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Is writing, just writing? What do you think?
What an interesting approach for a writer. Pay close attention to the visual and graphic elements of her piece. You can scroll down in the link to see what I mean: https://www.creativenonfiction.org/online-reading/how-place-makes-us-human#author-biography
Amaris Ketcham is the winner of Creative Nonfiction’s $1,000 “The Weather” essay contest. Her prize-winning essay, “Recorded Lightning,” was chosen by the magazine’s editors from more than 300 submissions, and details everything from the summer she spent working with patients struck by l...
You've GOT to read #10
"Put the ‘freedom’ in freelance."
10 lessons from my first year of freelancing
The Pratt Tribune in Pratt, Kansas suffered a humiliating typo in the print edition of their October 28 newspaper. Someone took a photograph of the small-town newspaper and shared it on Twitter where it quickly went viral. [caption id=attachment_245736 align=aligncenter width=720] (image source; Twi...
Fantastic advice for writers who are stuck in “perfection” mode (raise of hand)...
This is an excerpt from Jennifer’s upcoming book,“Take (Your) Time To Write: The Path to Peaceful Writing,” based on the concept of slow writing. I ’ve always been a slow writer. In the...
Non-fiction writers: here are five pieces of advice for your book. I really like #4. What is the length of your MS?
This has been the summer of nonfiction. I’ve read more nonfiction books than I have in a long while and I’ve had an influx of writers...
Wonderful spotlight from the Bellingham Review.
The impulse to break silence compels me to the page. I write to interrupt self-imposed silences and the silences of family and culture. This impulse is the most significant impulse in my life, and I write every day. Continue Reading →
Must-listen to podcast about the writer's life. I love how author Jennifer Blanchard tells us how she tackles procrastination. It's near the beginning, maybe the first ten minutes but I recommend the entire episode: https://www.sarahwerner.com/coffee-break-074-jennifer-blanchard/
Author, blogger, and creative enabler Jennifer Blanchard talks personal branding, pursuing multiple passions, and living a writer's dream life.
Get it on the calendar!
“I am stockpiling antibiotics for the Apocalypse, even as I await the blossoming of paperwhites on the windowsill in the kitchen,” Anne Lamott admits at the beginning of Almost Everything. Despair and uncertainty surround us: in the news, in our families, and in ourselves. But even when life is ...
TOOL FOR TUESDAY (07/24/2018):
Reading is so important to writing. What genre do you read?
Why deep reading makes you a better writer
"If you're hitting a wall it's because you have a problem earlier on than you think."
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is devastated to learn that a shooting at the Capital Gazette, a local newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland, has resulted in five deaths—including four journalists— and two other injuries. Robert Hiaasen, an assistant editor and Sunday columnist; Gerald Fischma...
Working with the Brooklyn Writers Press:
TOOL FOR TUESDAY (05/01/2018):
Do you know what the “hamburger” menu is? Me either.
The hamburger, sandwich, hotdog, pancake, tribar (or triple bar) double oreo or options button is a button placed typically in a top corner of a graphical user interface. It takes the form of an icon that consists of three parallel horizontal lines (displayed as ☰), suggestive of a list,. Th...
TOOL FOR TUESDAY!
My whole reading life changed the day I downloaded Goodreads . I'm not kidding! This one app/site has singlehandedly been the biggest game changer in my reading life.
I have a TOOL FOR TUESDAY column. I'm wondering if I should introduce a WORDS FOR WEDNESDAY?!
Wonderful resource for writers when they get to the editing phase (or why they would hire an editor!):
When I get to the end of an edit, I generally make a list of the author’s “favorite” words and phrases—words he or she used over and over without realizing it. It’s quite instructive.
Yaima Crespo is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and news anchor AND... she is one of my writing and coaching clients. Her success is my success and I’m proud to say that she’s working with Telemundo 67 In Philadelphia, in Spanish and in English.
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96 books recommended by Stephen King in On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
TOOL FOR TUESDAY (04/10/2018)
Women Writers, check out the IRENE ADLER PRIZE.
Very interesting premise for a young aspiring journalist:
"1,000 scholarship to a woman pursuing a degree in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution in the U.S. or Canada, based on an essay competition."
Deadline: April 30, 2018. No application fee.
I’ve traveled the world from Sweden to South Africa, from the Golden Globes to the Olympic women’s hockey finals. I’ve photographed a mother polar bear and her cubs and profiled stars like ABBA, Jennifer Garner and Katarina Witt. And I couldn’t have done it without women.
Happy birthday Anne Lamott.
The strangest thing happened: I aged a YEAR while I slept last night. I woke up and was 64, by far the oldest I have ever been. When I was a child, 64 was a near death experience. It was sag and liver spots and goofy senior moments
I have had all those for years.
I went to see my dermatologist ten years ago and showed him all the various brown blotches and discoloration, hoping he could freeze them all off. I said, jovially, “When I was young, they used to call them liver spots.”
He said, “They still call them liver spots.”
Last week I happened to catch an unexpected glimpse of myself in a Target mirror the other day, under the ghastly fluorescent lights, and God is my witness, I thought I was seeing an old man with a huge (liver spotted) forehead, like an aged Cro-Magnon; or a goatherd. (Note to self—avoid knit Iceland earflap hats at all costs.)
My kind brilliant beloved Neal is in the shower, two large little boys are sleeping on floor next to me, a huge dog is lying next to them like depressed Security, the kitty is trying to get me to share my yogurt. My son is sleeping in another room, taking a brief hiatus from searching thru A Place for Mom dot com. I am about to go for a hike with a woman I’ve been friends with since we were six, fifty eight years ago. (Thank you Jesus for the minuet of old friendships.)
Here is what I would tell my younger self, ie the woman who went to sleep last night:
Your glasses are underneath the pillow, because you started to fall asleep with them on.
Oh, for Pete’s sake, NO ONE remembers a thing about what they were reading last night.
You do NOT look like the woman in the hotel’s lighted magnified bathroom mirror yesterday in Seattle, and I will never let that happen again. Of course it was scary. Not even God wants to see us that close up, and I’m sorry you had to
Everyone’s pores look like that. And there are cheap and easy ways to remove pesky nose hair.
I honestly don’t think it is early onset anything. You’re just a tiny bit less young, with a lot going on, in a fever-dream of a world, with a large cat butting it’s head against you, trying to get you to share the yogurt.
Just keep remembering the rising up of the students in Florida, millions of people marching for goodness and social justice like we all did fifty years ago. Remember Molly Ivin’s saying that freedom fighters don’t always win, but they are always right. Remember Ram Dass saying that ultimately, we’re all just walking each other home, and think about your amazing pit crew of best friends. No one should be so blessed; and yet we are. l Remember the sober woman who shared in a meeting about her oral cancer’s return, and upon hearing the cooing of concerned worry, waved it all away like smoke and said, “God’s got it.”
God’s got it: He or She will help you find the remote, and the other red running shoe.
God in Her mysterious guise as two large little kids will get you Cheerios in bed, because it is your birthday. Your son will find you a nice home at a Place For Mom someday, where they will let you have a small dog, or a cat. (Th cat will be the one with long whiskers.) Your hiking friend of 58 years always has Kleenex with her, in case either of you has a sudden private need on the trails. Neal has a surprise for later, after your nap. Maybe he has hired the Pony Man to come by and give us all rides. Poor pony!
But lucky us.
Lucky me, to have you.
TOOL FOR TUESDAY (03/27/2018): I have no idea who runs this website (can you figure it out?) but it's an AMAZING resource for writers.
For example, you can check out this entry for "versus" versus "v."
Writingexplained.org is a site dedicated to providing the best educational articles on writing that the web has to offer and features hundreds of articles on grammar, style, and usage with examples and quizzes. Being a writer myself, I know many of the difficulties that writers have with English gra...
TOOL FOR TUESDAY (03/13/2018):
Are you a freelancer, working with a client based in NYC, or you, yourself, are in NYC? In fact, any freelancer should know about the Freelance Isn't Free Act. Go ahead and read best practices.
Amazing list of books to read. My recent favorite... The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.
Read them before they're movies!
TOOL FOR TUESDAY (02/13/2018): Fiction Writers!
I suggest you listen to this wonderful interview with author Kristin Hannah about how she develops characters.
In this episode of PodcastOne by Kirkus Reviews, she talks about her latest book, "The Great Alone," set in Alaska. If you are a fan of The Nightingale," (like I am!), you will surely love this conversation.
This week, we catch up with Kristin Hannah, author of the international bestseller THE NIGHTINGALE. Her new novel, THE GREAT ALONE, is a nail-biter about a trouble Vietnam vet who takes his family to rural Alaska to live off the land as they encounter harsh winters, hungry animals, and the vet's inc...
TOOL FOR TUESDAY (02/07/2018):
This is a common copyediting mistake. Keep an eye out for "normally," when what you really mean is "typically" or "ordinarily."
As adverbs the difference between typically and normally is that typically is in a typical or common manner while normally is under normal conditions or circumstances; usually; most of the time.
What happens when you DON'T hire the proofreader...
An Instagram account dedicated to poorly written English phrases has gone viral. The hilarious finds from all over the world show how a tiny slip-up can change the entire meaning of a message.
TOOL FOR TUESDAY (01/23/2018):
Writer's block getting you down? Perhaps a nap... zzzz
Here's a piece I wrote for the Globe and Mail. One key line: "Scientists are discovering that naps are Zambonis for our brains."
TOOL FOR TUESDAY (01/02/2018):
Writing inspiration for the new year.
You love writing but have never been good at the whole discipline thing. Everyone says you ought to be writing every day, but how? My 500 Words is a 31-day challenge designed to help you answer tha…
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