Getting published doesn’t have to be hard or scary. The easiest way to understand it is to think of it like schools---and like getting into school. Not everyone expects to get into Harvard. Similarly, not every writer should expect to get a six-figure advance and get published with a major New York publishing house. When you’re trying to figure out…

I’ve been a huge enneagram fan for a few years now. It first blew my mind because of how closely my own type description mirrored the way I am. Then it helped me in my understanding of others and the way each of us is driven---and similarly paralyzed and triggered---according to the virtues and passions of our type. According to…

Balance is elusive in our culture—particularly for those who aspire to create. I work with lots of writers who write every day, focused intently on the doing of writing. Lots of writers write obsessively, getting caught or addicted to the momentum of their creative process. You might fall into this category of writers even if you’re a person who obsessively…

I was prompted by one of my writers to go check out Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk, “A Different Way to Think about Creative Genius." I was not a fan of Eat, Pray, Love, but this talk gave me new respect for Gilbert herself. Here’s a woman who understands the “freakishness” (her word) of her own success. And she eloquently addresses…

Just do it! ---Nike Most writers, at some point, find themselves wondering, Is this worth it? Anyone who's ever practiced a sport or an instrument and ran into that nagging voice that wonders about effort expended versus value gained knows exactly what I'm talking about. More times than I can count I've been confronted with writers' doubts about what they're…

  Start Close In A Workshop by Brooke Warner Sponsored by: Fremont Area Writers Club When: Saturday, January 24, 2009 What: All Day workshop from 10 am-4pm Where: The home of Evelyn La Torre, 45 Dolerita Court, Fremont, CA 94539 Cost: $65 includes materials Bring: Comfortable clothes and your lunch Register: Email fremontareawritersclub@yahoo.com to register, and an invoice will be…

This year I'm encouraging everyone I know to buy books for the people on their gift list. The book industry is in a scary place right now, and so for all of us who love books, and especially those of us who want to get published, what better way to show support than to use your purchasing dollars to boost…

Earlier this month we witnessed history. Worldwide, people have been calling Barack Obama’s election to the presidency an historic event. What Obama has done, really, is harness the energy of the people. He has a deep capacity to inspire confidence and hope. He’s dared people to dream. How is it that some people have this capacity to inspire us to…

Lately a lot of my writers have been talking about their voice. What is it? How do they find it? How much does it matter? Do they have one even? It's interesting that the question of voice should come up so much now, during a time of chaos and unease in the economy, with the election around the corner and…

A lot of writers are so excited when an agent shows interest in their work that they might ignore what seems like common sense: Ask this person questions about the nature of the relationship you're about to embark upon. Signing with an agent is as big a deal, or bigger, than signing with a publishing house, because this person (if…

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