Should You Write a Memoir?

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Are you thinking about writing a memoir?

Please welcome guest author Alana Saltz with a heartwarming article on writing memoirs.

As a genre, memoir has been growing exponentially each and every year. More and more people are finding the strength, courage, and determination to write about their experiences in a compelling and literary way. The success of memoirs like Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Augusten Burrough’s Running With Scissors, which were both adapted as feature films and released in theaters worldwide, help demonstrate that the world is slowly beginning to embrace the genre. Read more

Write What You’re Willing To Learn

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Write what you want!

Please welcome guest author Tamara Girardi with a post that challenges the old adage, “write what you know.”

In mid-October, I attended a literary evening with Jodi Picoult as part of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures series.

My immediate impression of Picoult: she was incredibly gracious and pleasant. At a reception prior to the event, she worked the room with a genuine smile, taking pictures and shaking hands. During one conversation, she laughed so loud with an attendee the room took notice. In other words, she was lovely.

So was her talk. Read more

7 Ways to Mentally Squash Rejection Letters

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Don’t let rejection letters get to you!

Please welcome Natasa Lekic from NY Book Editors with a post that will help you handle rejection letters. Read well, because this post is packed with excellent advice.

Rejection letters are a cruel, inevitable part of every writer’s life. However, they shouldn’t derail your writing habits, which is why it’s critical to get over rejection notes as quickly as possible. To do this, you need to understand their actual value and how it compares to the act of writing.

The advice below will help you cultivate habits and a state of mind that will make rejections feel like a passing annoyance. Read more

The Only Four Types Of Writing That Count (And How to Ace Each One)

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Let’s look at four types of writing.

Please welcome guest author Bryan Collins with a post exploring four types of writing.

This craft of ours is hard. You’ve got an idea, you’ve finished your research, and you know you’ve got something important to write about. There’s just one problem. When you try to write, the words feel slow, awkward, and off target.

Do you want to know a secret?

Good writing does at least one of four things: it educates, informs, entertains or inspires. Read more

Traditional Versus Digital: The Book Launch and the Aftermath

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Digital Publishing.

Please welcome Warren Adler, author of The War of the Roses, with an article that compares print and digital book launches and examines the impact of traditional versus independent publishing on authors’ careers.

The launch of a book, be it the first for an author or their most recent release, has always been the established gateway for traditional publishers to introduce a new work. The launch of a book is like the birth of a baby: crucial and necessary. There is, after all, no future for an unsuccessful birth. For the author, like anything born into a lifecycle, it is the aftermath that really matters, and for those authors seeking career continuity, and even enduring recognition, digital publishing has offered a widening arena of options for keeping a book from disappearing. Read more

Take Your Writing Seriously

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Do you take your writing seriously?

Please welcome guest author Jack Woodville London, author of A Novel Approach (To Writing Your First Book).

“What I find hard about writing,” Nora Ephron said, “is the writing.”

There’s a difference between writing and typing. Writers produce. Typists reproduce. Okay, that’s a bit harsh. Writers believe that a story worth telling is worth telling well. Writers believe that a turn of phrase can invoke a vision, that the choice of exactly the right word will lead someone to think about something in a new light, will persuade, will entertain. Some writers are blessed with a combination of neurons, synapses, left brain cells (or is it right?) that make their words flow onto the page or screen with clarity and purpose. The other ninety-nine percent of us must draft, erase, revise, delete, change, correct, and revisit, so that in the end, after many drafts and rewritings, it looks like it wasn’t hard.

We want to be writers. Where to begin? Read more

The Number One Secret to Successful Writing

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The secret to successful writing.

Please welcome guest author Marcy McKay with her top secret for successful writing.

You finally muster the courage to let someone else read your work. A live human being, a person who is actually qualified to share his or her opinion on your writing (unlike your Great Aunt Edna who thinks everything you do is perfect).

This individual reads your piece and gives a vague response. “It’s good. I mean, I like it, but something is missing.”

It’s similar to when you try to duplicate that delicious pizza from your favorite restaurant on your own. It tastes okay, but something still seems off – just not quite right.

So, what’s that certain spice for your writing? The recipe for literary success? Read more

Seven Ways Your Physical Environment Can Help or Hinder Your Writing

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How is your writing environment?

Please welcome guest author Ali Luke with a post on making adjustments to your physical environment to help your writing.

Do you struggle to get into writing?

Perhaps you sit down with your favorite notebook on a regular basis, but you never seem to get far.

Your kids start arguing. Or you get a backache. Or you’re distracted by that neighbor doing yet another bout of DIY. Or an urgent email pops up for your attention.

External factors aren’t the only (or the biggest) distractions that affect our writing, but they make a surprising difference in our ability to be productive.

If you’re already struggling to focus, a few distractions and irritations can easily be enough to make you give up for the day.

Here are seven key factors that influence how well – or how wrong – your writing sessions go. Which of these could you tweak today? Read more

Writing Forward is Seven Years Old

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Writing Forward turns seven years old.

When I started Writing Forward seven years ago, I had no idea what to expect. As a writer and internet junkie, a blog seemed like a smart way to pursue two of my greatest passions. I had no idea where the journey would take me.

This website has helped me build a business, become an author, learn about the artistic and business aspects of writing, and most importantly, it has connected me with the writing community. Although at times the journey has been frustrating and exhausting, it has also been enlightening and invigorating.

Writing Forward may be my website but it wouldn’t be going strong today if it weren’t for the many readers and writers who have subscribed, commented, and shared the content via social media. I’m grateful to everyone who’s been a part of this amazing journey. Read more

Goodreads Giveaway for Adventures in Writing: The Complete Collection

Adventures in Writing The Complete Collection

Adventures in Writing: The Complete Collection.

From today through Friday, June 5, I’m hosting a free giveaway on Goodreads for the paperback edition of Adventures in Writing: The Complete Collection. 

Goodreads is a social media network for people who love to read. It’s a great way to share and discover books. You can create a list of books you want to read and rate and review books you’ve already read. Plus, there are plenty of special features for authors.

All you need to enter is a (free) Goodreads account. Once you’ve logged in to Goodreads, click “Enter to Win” below for your chance to win a copy of Adventures in Writing: The Complete Collection.

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Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (1928-2014).

Maya Angelou was a luminary whose work touched and changed millions of lives, including mine. She was a poet, a storyteller, a scholar, actress, dancer, and activist for social justice.

Her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), was a groundbreaking, brutally honest, personal account of the Jim Crow South, covering the first sixteen years of her life. The book defied conventions of the time by exposing the harsh truths of racism, abandonment, rape, homelessness, and teen motherhood.

Like a phoenix, Maya Angelou rose from the difficulties of her early years and became an internationally beloved voice and beacon of hope for the disadvantaged and underprivileged. She was a living testament to the power of truth, love, and justice. Read more

Adventures in Writing: The Complete Collection is Now Available on Amazon at $5.99 for a Limited Time

Adventures in Writing The Complete CollectionA few months ago, I published the third and final book in my Adventures in Writing series. Today, I’m excited to announce the release of Adventures in Writing: The Complete Collection. This collection includes all three books in the series:

Adventures in Writing

The Adventures in Writing series is designed to guide writers on a journey toward becoming more prolific and skilled in the craft of writing and to make that journey enjoyable and challenging.

The books covers various forms of writing: freewriting, journaling, memoir, fiction, poetry, article writing, and blogging. The sections that deal with fiction include a range of genres: literary, suspense, thriller, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, historical, humor, satire, children’s, and young adult.

Ideal for new and experienced writers alike, Adventures in Writing: The Complete Collection will enlighten, inspire, and motivate you with fresh ideas and proven writing techniques.

Adventures in Writing: The Complete Collection is on Sale for Just One Week

The book is now available at Smashwords and Amazon. Get the ebook for just $5.99 (that’s three books for the price of two) and get the paperback for $17.95. Prices go up in one week, so get your copy today.

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Adventures in Writing: The Complete Collection is coming soon to iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.