[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: Writing the Intimate
What I’ve learned about writing about painful memories
[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: What makes you smile – and why it matters
Transform your writing career by paying attention…
[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: Reuse, recycle!
Getting noticed as a writer means being seen, and seen again, in many different places. Give your work new life!
[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: Are you a writer? Or a person who writes?
For you, is writing a means, an end, or some of both? Is it a craft? A calling?
New research shows that walking boosts creative thinking.
“Once we have tasted this joy, we will redouble our efforts to taste it again.”
Does your community support you as a writer? Use this checklist for some great ideas.
“I couldn’t put it down.” Is that really the praise every author is looking for? Should it be?
Every family story has gaps. But those missing pieces may turn out to be exactly what makes your writing great.
A home-made podium, a dry run… and a lake.
Hint: try a “log-line.”
…while avoiding “PowerPoint hell.”
Delicious suggestions for writers on the path to publication.
Albert Einstein said the best scientists are artists. But are artists also scientists?
Does a writer’s satisfaction stem from the number of readers? How do we measure success?
What’s the best way to help fellow writers do their best work?
When your book is published, get the word out – at your own speed.
As the winner of the 2013 Grub Street National Book Prize, I lectured at the “Muse & the Marketplace” conference in Boston on the increasing importance of memoir, types of memoirs, and ten tips for writing a successful memoir.
When is it time to admit that a writing project is a turkey and let go? Questions I’ve learned to ask myself when I need to decide whether to go all-in…or walk away.
What’s the world’s best resource for writers? The hands-down answers: libraries! Six ways to make use of this fantastic local treasure.
I once heard about a woman (a mother, of course) who wrote an entire novel in secret – in the bathtub. Most of us want to share along the way — but when, how, and with whom?
[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: “Inchy by inchy, Leonardo da Vinci.”
Wise – and surprising – words for writers to live by.
[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: Who Cares About Your Family Story? Ten Tips to Ensure Readers Will Care
Ten ways to keep readers engaged with the story that engages you.
Are you a writer who wishes you could just write–nothing else–and watch everything else just fall into place?
Where should I speak? How do I approach speaking venues? What makes a great talk?
Planning a book party? Follow these steps and you can’t go wrong.
Having a writing mother, being a writing mother – both precious privileges.
[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: The Best Writers’ Group
How to find, or start, a writers’ group – and what makes it work.
“I arise in the morning,” E.B. White wrote, “torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” Explore the intersection between writing and activism.
Taking a break doesn’t necessarily mean leaving your literary pursuits at home.
“Whether you write fiction or nonfiction,” says Ursula Le Guin, master of science fiction fantasy, “all storytellers work with the same box of tools.” So what’s in the toolbox?
Writing depends on taking notice. How do we see–and keep on seeing?
[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: A Writer Walks into a Conference
Even for a seasoned author, a writers’ conference can be daunting. Top ways to get the most out of it.
Never thank a cat…and other idiosyncratic advice.
I used to favor an aggressive interview style. Not anymore.
Unless you’re famous, even a bookstore (in fact, especially a bookstore) is just an empty room – and it’s your job to fill it.
Team up for help with book promotion.
[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: And the Award Goes To…Socially Engaged Fiction
Are you writing a novel about “the world as it is with an eye for how it could be”? If so, Barbara Kingsolver may have a prize for you.
What happened at the book fair.
“Although memoirs and works of fiction are two different animals” I told Chloe ,“memoir writers need to make use of fiction techniques, including these three…”
My favorite memoirs balance the personal and the universal – an individual life rubbing up against the sweep of history.