January 25, 2016 | Leave a Comment
Write something every day.Ginny Soskey over at Hubspot offers a list of
“Don’t know what to write about?” Ginny asks.Â Here are tools and resources to help:
January 25, 2016 | Leave a Comment
Contently offers five writing challenges that will help motivate you, provide milestones, and connect you to a supportive writing community. Happy 2016!
Contently’s “The Freelancer” brings us news of Pressland and Wordrates, both of which allow freelancer writers to rate and review media companies and editors much like one would review a restaurant on Yelp.
â€śThe true value proposition [of Pressland and WordRates] is connecting freelancers with editors via an open directory. Itâ€™s an issue of empowerment for writers and accountability for editors and publishers.â€ť
December 2, 2014 | Leave a Comment
The Freelancer from Contently offers this list of six places journalists can get free online training. My favorite? The BBC Academy provides detailed information meant to help develop skills in areas likeÂ investigative journalismÂ andÂ interviewing.
Here’s a list, reprinted with permission from Betsy Graziani Fasbinder of ways we can all support independent authors. I’m especially happy to post it now that I am an indie author, and fully appreciate how much friends and fans can do to help get the word out.
How to Support your Favorite Indie Authorsâ€”A Few Tips
Promoting a book is almost as hard as writing one. Maybe harder. Publishers only promote their high-profile authors. Lesser known authors shoulder the expense and burden themselves. You can help the cause of good books and authors you love, with little or no money and very little time. If you genuinely enjoy a book and want to support its author, hereâ€™s how:
In the process of preparing for my book launch in August, I met recently with Presentation Coach Betsy Graziani Fasbinder. She’s terrific! Betsy is an author herself, and especially likes to help authors (and other introverts) polish their public speaking skills. She helped me with three things:
- Organizing my thoughtsâ€”and my presentation.
- Mastering behaviors that will help me look composed and have an energetic presentation.
- Anticipating audience responses.
Of course, I still have some practicing to do, but now I know what to focus on, and feel confident that I can do a good job. I am enthusiastically recommending Betsy to everyone I know!
“Over the years,” Marla Popova writes, “in my endless fascination with daily routines, I found myself especially intrigued by successful writersâ€™ sleep habits â€” after all, itâ€™s been argued that â€śsleep is the best (and easiest) creative aphrodisiacâ€ť and science tells us that it impacts everything from our moods to our brain development to our every waking moment. I found myself wondering whether there might be a correlation between sleep habits and literary productivity.”
Thinking of publishing an ebook? Here are 9 solid pointers, ranging from how to think about content to what to do with it once you’ve put the ebook together.
Thanks to Laurie McManus for the link. More where that came from…
I had an interesting conversation recently with Phil Cousineau about the time of day (or night) that works best for creative productivity. For me, proximity to sleep (either first thing in the morning or late at night) has something to do with the ability to access creativity.
Our conversation was sparked by Cousineau’s new book, Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Night’s Journey Into Day, and reminded me of this articleÂ by Alexandra Enders in Poets & Writers about when and where writers write … and why.
That’s all for now. (It’s nearly nap time.)
|February 13, 2014||to||February 16, 2014|
Top Ten Reasons for Writers to Attend the 2014 San Francisco Writers Conference
- Launch your writing careerâ€“or take it to a more professional levelâ€“with direction from bestselling authors and publishing experts.
- Choose from a scheduleÂ of workshops, panels and sessions that fit your specific writing needs and goals.
- Get your questions answered at the Ask-a-Pro session featuring New York and California editorsâ€¦included in your registration fee.
There are still a few spots left in Larry Habegger‘s Advanced Personal Essay/Memoir Workshop in San Francisco. I took this class a few years back, and improved my writingâ€”lots!
Here’s more info from Larry:
“In the class weâ€™ll work on your stories, with lots of discussion and development to move those stories to deeper levels. It will pick up where we left off at Book Passage, or for those of you who werenâ€™t in my morning sessions, weâ€™ll emphasize strengthening your writing and storytelling through accessing memory and emotion, discovering the right structure, and using fiction techniques, among other things.
“This series of classes will run seven consecutive weeks,
Wondering how to generate some income from your storytelling abilities? I met Ellen Newman, strategic storyteller, at the recent Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference. Ellen has used her storytelling abilities to develop a business that helps individuals and businesses discover their essential narratives.
I love the way her website explains the steps Ellen and her clients go through:
Discover your story.
We start by uncovering your strategic story through facilitated conversations and deep listening. Our insightful questions draw out compelling details â€“ the nuances that set you apart â€“ so your authentic voice shines through.
Love Shakespeare? You’ll love him even more after you realize that he invented more than 1700 of our common words by changing nouns into verbs, changing verbs into adjectives, and performing other acts of creative grammatics (is that a word?). Here are some of the words Shakespeare Invented.
“When did you last revisit your social profile on Twitter or Facebook? Do you want to maximize the impact of your social networking efforts?” Debbie Hemley provides an A-Z guide of 26 Tips for your Social Network Profiles at Social Media Examiner.
#12: Link Your Content With Google Authorship
Content is published at an astounding rate and itâ€™s easy for your articles to get lost in the masses of results that show up in a search. Google Authorship links your content to your Google+ profile so that a photo is displayed next to your content in search results, along with a link to more of your relevant content.
I was looking the other day for a list I had saved about how to critique, and couldn’t find itâ€”darn. Here are a few lists I found online (in no particular order) with critiquing guidelines. Please let me know if you have other suggestions.
- How to Give and Receive Critiques on writing-world.com
- Guidelines for Nonfiction Critiques on thewritingplace.wordpress.com
- Tips on Revising Creative Nonfiction on tellingthetruths.blogspot.com
- Creative Nonfiction Workshop critiquing guidelines (PDF) from Grossmont College. Good list; awful example. IMHO.
- Tips on Giving and Receiving Critique from the Creative Writers Collective
- Tips for Critiquing Other Writers’ Work on writingforward.com
As you’ll gather from the title, Kickass Grammar, it’s not your mother’s grammar guide. For your readers, it actually makes grammar fun.
In the aid of good grammar, it’s replete with gossip. Tiger Woods is all right or alright? Marilyn Monroe; was she anxious or eager? Reese Witherspoon â€” emotive or emotional?
Try it (and please rate & review it) â€” you’ll like it.
I enjoyed Laura Fraser’s talk at Bay Area Travel Writers on Saturdayâ€”especially her suggestion about writing regular “sensory postcards” as an exercise in paying attention to our surroundings and writing regularly.
Laura’s latest book is All Over the Map, in which she “tangos in Buenos Aires, seeks wisdom from an Amazonian shaman, heads off into the wilderness on Outward Bound, goes on a ten-day meditation retreat, interviews sex-trafficked women in Italy, and reports on the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda.”
|March 18, 2011 9:00 am||to||March 19, 2011 4:00 pm|
- Instruction in writing techniques particular to creative nonfictionâ€”travel, memoir, food and the personal essay.
- Strategies to aid the invention, composition and revision of studentsâ€™ writing.
- Study of professionally published models of creative nonfiction writing.
- Writing exercises and sharing of participantsâ€™ writing.
The workshop fee of $150.00 includes instruction, digital copies of reading materials, morning coffee, drinks at lunch and afternoon snack. Directions to the workshop location in Pleasanton will be sent to all participants. Email the instructor, Kathryn Abajian, at email@example.com for an enrollment form and further directions. Or call Kathryn at 925-998-5785 with questions.
February 21, 2011 | Leave a Comment
“For the media, this is a Tom Sawyer moment. â€śDoes a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?â€ť he says to his friends, and sure enough, they are soon lined up for the privilege of doing his chores. Thatâ€™s a bit like how social networks get built. (Just imagine if Tom had also schooled them in the networking opportunities of the user-generated endeavor: â€śYouâ€™re not just painting a fence. Youâ€™re building an audience around your personal brand.â€ť)”
Karen Misuraca’s new iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad app, California Coast North, has been released by Sutro Media. From beaches to historical sites, restaurants to lodgings, parks, events, recreation and more, this is the ultimate guide to daytripping and vacations along the world-famous coastline. More than 200 detailed listings with Google maps and 1,700 color photos. $2.99 (with free updates for life!). Check out the new app and post a review here.
|June 29, 2010|
The Mechanics’ Institute will host a panel discussion Tuesday evening, June 29 at 6 p.m.: Bay Area writers will discuss the dramatically changing directions and paradigms of the book publishing industry. Explore traditional publishing routes and take advantage of innovations like e-books, self-publishing, social media, and the Web. Panelists include writing coach Lisa Alpine (leader of the Self-Publishing Boot Camp), travel writer/journalist Laura Fraser (All Over the Map), internet to print scientist/writer Ransom Stephens (The God Patent) and Twitter to print author Matt Stewart (The French Revolution).
MODERATED by: Constance Hale, book editor and author of Sin and Syntax.
I didn’t make it to the Future of Freelancing at Stanford, but the website has already posted conference highlights. Also, here are links to blog posts about the conference:
- David Page’s post on Matador
- C-Monster.net‘s take
- The Writing Coach’s tips from the conference
- More TK (the post is titled Writing for the Screen)
And a perspective on writing for free, this one from Advertising Age.
Check out the comments after the articles, too.
|April 30, 2010 12:00 am||to||May 2, 2010 12:00 am|
Thanks to Linda Jue for sending this announcement:
Journalism isn’t dying, it’s on the cusp of a new era. While the journalism industry is still recovering from the collective shock of mass layoffs, buyouts and closures, there have also been some impressive new ventures to emerge in the last couple years as brilliant reporters, managers, administrators and educators react to the demands of a changing mediascape.