Catharine Bramkamp asks: are afraid of finishing your book; how writing can get lost amongst other priorities; and what to do about it.
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In this How To Write the Future podcast episode, titled “Where to Start with the How To Write The Future podcast,” Beth Barany celebrates her 30th podcast episode by featuring listener favorites and which episodes to...
Self care is important for authors to make time for even when it’s difficult to resist the allure of perfectionism and admit you need help.
Yvonne Marchese recently hosted me on her Late Boomer Living Podcast with the episode titled “How to Write the Future” namesake of my podcast, where we discussed my journey to becoming a novelist and...
We, as writers and artists, need to return to reading material that requires a bit more effort than watching cute cat videos. Okay, a lot more effort. Why? I’ll tell you…
From the archives: In August 2014, I was interviewed by Michelle Murrain on my views on world building in fantasy for the monthly Broad Universe podcasts. We discussed the philosophy of world building for fantasy,...
Let’s welcome back monthly columnist Catharine Bramkamp as she shares with us “Selling Out for the Holidays!” Enjoy!
You are probably familiar with the coloring book craze, which as writers we are allowed to view with irony and in some cases, despair. I have avoided even leafing through the coloring books for sale next to the real books filled with words partially because of that irony thing, mostly because I don’t have time to color. I also don’t have the time to meditate , take a yoga class, shop for healthy food or call mom.
I came across a brochure advertising a writing seminar to be led by Cheryl Strand who will forever look like Reese Witherspoon in my head.
In her book Thinking About Memoir, Abigail Thomas reminds us: “Details. Specifics. Eliminate all abstract nouns.” Of course, this rule holds true for writing fiction as much as memoir. Whatever you write, use specific details to craft a full, believable world.
Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. For an author the very first social media channel for your book is Facebook. The second best way to be found (both you and your book) is through Twitter, but Twitter can be overwhelming as well as time consuming. The next best social media channel for authors is Pinterest.
“…the bearded merchants in furred robes conversing quietly as they picked their way along the slimy stones above the water, the fishermen unloading their catch, coopers pounding and shipmakers hammering and clamsellers singing and shipmasters bellowing, and beyond all the silent, shining bay.”
Anthologies are often the first place a brand newbie writer can get published. Which is why many colleges and writing clubs collect and print anthologies. Inclusion in an anthology increases the value of group membership and lifts all boats – or in this case, author’s street cred.