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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

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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Newbie Writers Guide. Reaching for the moon cover

Cool Books, Cool Authors:

Julia Park TraceyNewbie Writers Guide. Reaching for the moon cover

Julia writes novels and edits her Great Aunt’s Diaries.

I’m glad I’m alive” Doris Louise Bailey, a teen in the Prohibition era, writes this sentiment over and over in her diaries as she struggles with a life-threatening bout of scarlet fever. But it’s also an apt summation of how she lived in the years following her brush with death. Reaching for the Moon: More Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen (1927-1929) contains Doris’s true-life adventures as she flirts with boys, sneaks sips of whiskey and bets on racehorses – breaking rules and hearts Read more

Is your writing project too much?

Is your writing project too much?Did you make long ribbons of resolutions while sitting in the dark waiting for midnight to chime off in your part of the world so you can STOP writing the resolution list and just drink?

Resolutions have taken on great portentous weights and expectations.  It used to be we could solemnly promise to stop smoking on December 31st  and call it a night.  Even if we didn’t smoke.

Now we are plagued, year round, by countless extortions wrapped up in pricey seminars that command us to  visualize, manifest and otherwise think ourselves into prosperity or fame, right now, starting today, Read more

Back with another blab/blog.  I wanted to embed the Blab video, but while it’s possible on my web site, not so much on the blog site. There you go.  I am waiting for all this to get easier, and some things are easier, like blogging and podcasting.  But some still remain un-integrated.

Here is the Blab link.

We discussed how and when to add in atmosphere to your action or dialogue.  How to stay true to the genre for which you write.  How to make sure you aren’t leaving your reader behind.  We were focused on NaNoWriMo this last month, … Read more

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