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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

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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Elizabeth's LandingWelcome to our  on-going interviews with Cool Authors, Cool Books

Katy’s debut novelElizabeth’s Landing has won First Place in Fiction in the 2013 “Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-book Awards.”

Katy discusses her self-publishing journey and advice for Newbie Writers

Publishing too early is tempting. Full control, and the siren song of the book in readers’ hands, can lead to shortcutting the revision process. I don’t feel that’s the case with Elizabeth’s Landing, although there are always things I could have done differently.

The main disadvantage to self-publishing is having every decision and job on my shoulders, from cover and … Read more

Poetry book, Can you Catch my Flow Thanks for having me today Catharine!

My first official publication was a poem called “A Rose Is A Lovely Flower.” And it appeared in my junior high school yearbook. It may not sound as much but when I was first told the news and actually saw it in print, I was on top of the world. I never thought it’d feel so good to have something I crafted and labored with words born from 26 letters. Even when I knew a future in publication was for me after my friend and classmate became my first fan of my stories.

Yet … Read more

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