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Why authors are unhappy

I just read Seven steps on the Writer’s Path by Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott.  The authors identify the seven steps on the writer’s path as:

  • Why authors are unhappyUnhappiness
  • Wanting
  • Commitment
  • Wavering
  • Letting Go
  • Immersion
  • Fulfillment

I will not belabor the points here; you can read the book yourself.  But I do want to point out that the authors cover something that is sometimes over looked and misunderstood:  unhappiness.

This unhappiness or restlessness is critical to how authors wrestle with their own  limitations. Newbie writers think of  unhappiness as failure, many writers and creatives consider  unhappiness as a sign of  inadequacy or … Read more

Maybe you watched it – the Viral video about fame featuring Russel Brand and Lady Gaga lamenting the hollowness of fame and how being famous didn’t really make them happy. Speaking as an audience member and not participate, I wouldn’t mind confirming this for myself. I’d like to give all that money and fame thing a whirl, then tearfully admit it wasn’t all I thought it would be, but wow, those clubs are fantastic!

Got that out of the way.

The essential message isn’t bad. For writers, our wildly successful path looks like Emmys and Oscars and Pulitzer Prizes.  Just … Read more

 

Thank you Brenda Knight, a recent Newbie Writers Podcast guest for her wonderful insights and advice for our readers.

The Art of the Book Deal
Insider Secrets to Navigating the Publishing Process

From the outside, book publishing can seem mysterious, but from the inside it is really quite simple. Twenty-two year publishing veteran Brenda Knight will teach you how to sell yourself and your book idea, who you are really selling, the importance of “comp titles,” how to craft the perfect proposal, and trend tracking. “I have acquired over one thousand books in my career, including a few New … Read more

Writing the DIY Memoir

DIY memoir, a memoir based on crafts.  These memoirs are either historical, the author looks back and says, wow, there is a pattern here, I can construct a book around that pattern.  OR the writer picks up a craft on purpose and as she creates each item: the cupcake, the sweater, each recipe in the cook book, she uses those projects as   triggers and organizing memes for each chapter in her memoir.

Either approach can be very effective. And on first reading: easy.

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Overwhelmed by the competition?

Overwhelmed by the competition?Read this if you are overwhelmed by the competition

Do you log onto Goodreads and gulp?

Did you walk into Powell’s or Strand and think, there is too much here, I can’t compete, look at all the books!

Do you not even focus on Amazon because that A to Z thing is too much to consider.

You are not alone.  We all feel the immense  bottomless universe of which we’ve signed up to become a part. It’s like dangling over the half blown section of the Death Star. It’s like walk through Times Square and realizing that everyone in this … Read more

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