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Hey, authors! Sometimes the blank page can be more than just frustrating. But having a blank mind when you get that blank page up can do more harm than good. Here's a blog post I wrote for author S.A. Crow's blog that talks all about that (plus, it's got a free course you can tap into about first draft strategies in the bargain).
If you're a Charles Dickens fan, you know Dickens was notoriously obsessed with child labor. His books (and he too) advocated for fairer labor laws in English for child workers. The story goes he was forced to work because of his father's debts at a young age and it scarred him for the rest of his life. Perhaps that's why he had 10 children (not all of them pictured here).
Writers: Writing sprints have now become a thing on social media since the pandemic. I do writing sprints on my YouTube Channel twice a week (courtesy of the Heart Breathings Word Sprints Challenge group) and you're more than welcome to join!
Authors, you know that Facebook is a great place to find support and encouragement, and answers to puzzling writing questions (plus fun writing prompts). My group The Autonomous Writer offers all of that!
If you're an author and you're struggling with your first draft, you might find my free mini-course handy :-).
Y'all, I have a YouTube channel!!! And if you're a writer, you'll love this, because I'm doing writing sprints (via the Heart Breathings Word Sprints Challenge group on Facebook) every week. Plus, I'll be doing more cool writerly stuff there in the future.
Come join me on Facebook if you're the kind of writer who likes to do things his or her own way! Writing prompts, support, and great stuff about writing and publishing.
Authors! If you're struggling with your first draft, maybe you're making one of several common misconceptions about first drafts. Here's a free mini-course I'm offering that can help!
If you're an author, you know how much of a challenge the first draft can be. I've just created a mini-course that can help with some of those challenges. And it's FREE!
Attention Authors!!! I now have a group just for you where I'll talk about writing and publishing to help you become a prolific, consistent, and committed writer!
Earlier this week, I talked about the feminist playwrights who were movers and shakers of the women's movement in the 1960s. Other artists were poets like Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich (pictured here at the ends with another feminist writer, Meridel Le Sueur) who established the poetic genre of "confessional poetry" where they were upfront about the intimate details of women's lives (the stuff no one would talk about).
This is it! It’s the last day to sign up for the HB90 Bootcamp course. The registration officially closes tonight at midnight (EST). Disclosure: Please note the link below is an affiliate link which means if you make a purchase using this link, I will earn a small commission. This in no way affects the cost of the course to you. #course #planning #goals #writing #HB90 #dreams
The HB90 course is also great if you’re not a writer. It’s about identifying any and all goals you have — professionally and personally — and achieving them. Disclosure: Please note the link below is an affiliate link which means if you make a purchase using this link, I will earn a small commission. This in no way affects the cost of the course to you.
One of the best tools I learned from the HB90 Bootcamp was how to realistically estimate my time. Sarra’s course will help you plan around holidays, vacations, and sick days and still reach your goals and fulfill your dreams. Disclosure: Please note the link below is an affiliate link which means if you make a purchase using this link, I will earn a small commission. This in no way affects the cost of the course to you.
I’m so excited because the amazing Sarra Cannon has just opened up her HB90 Bootcamp! I took the course in 2019 and last year, I was able to write and publish 3 books (one of which hit #1 on Amazon in its category), which would never have been possible if I hadn’t had the HB90 plan under my belt. Disclosure: Please note the link below is an affiliate link which means if you make a purchase using this link, I will earn a small commission. This in no way affects the cost of the course to you.
On this day in 1903, one of my biggest writing inspirations, Anais Nin, was born. She was best known for her poetic prose fiction and also her diaries, which resonated with a lot of women during the second-wave feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Her writing totally changed my life.
Last month, I wrote a blog post about how social history plays a role in my fiction. This month, I wrote a guest post for Lisa Lickel's blog about my take on psychological history and why it's important in my fiction.
Happy Birthday to Judy Blume! Blume was my favorite author as a teenager and her books addressed issues (like weight and scoliosis) that weren't being addressed in the 1970s and 1980s.
I've been sick with migraines all week so didn't get this up yesterday, but here's my blog post defining what historical mystery fiction is. It might not be what you think it is ;-). #blog #history #mystery #historicalfiction #whodoneit #crime #classic
Today is the anniversary of the death of children/young adult author Louise Fitzhugh. Fitzhugh wrote Harriet the Spy in 1964, which became a controversial (but much-loved book by aspiring young authors like me) children's book for its realistic portrayal of children and young adults (let's just say there ain't no Pollyanna in her books ;-) ). #books #fiction #childrensbooks #YA #history #LouiseFitzhugh #HarrietTheSpy
It's National Author's Day (yep, authors need their day too!) Here are some additional ways you can help authors even more than you're doing already. #NationalAuthorsDay2020 #writers #books #readers #support #fiction #nonfiction
Here's a blog post I did for Lisa Lickel's Living Our Faith Out Loud blog about the art of keeping a book series hanging together (not an easy feat, lemme tell ya). #blogpost #guestpost #books #series #continuity #historicalfiction #womensfiction #LitFic