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How Hiking Shaped My Writing

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Breaking camp and stepping into the light of a rising sun is a way of life for a long-distance hiker. Dew in the meadows, streams flowing, the woodlands and forests promise another day of adventure as well as contemplation. With a morning sun, if you are heading north or south and are in a canyon or valley, the mountains and hills are backlit, but you feel the warmth of sunlight, and it is a beautiful experience.

November 15, 2011 | Info

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10 Hard Truths about Writing

By Lauren B. Davis

[Today we have a special guest blog from a friend of Grub Street, novelist Lauren B. Davis, author of the new novel OUR DAILY BREAD, as well as THE STUBBORN SEASON, and THE RADIANT CITY.]

Recently, a student told me she was too scatterbrained to write her novel without help, and that she needed someone to crack the whip, set deadlines, help her focus, etc.  She said she needed an editor or a partner, or both.

November 1, 2011 | Ethan Gilsdorf

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From The Intern’s Desk: Taking a Leap of Faith

By Gabby Tassone (Development Intern) 


Last week, I found myself staring at a blank page and a clock that was steadily ticking toward my deadline. Pandora Radio was playing in the background as I jumped between the open Facebook and Twitter tabs, and my word document with its cursor blinking (but unmoving)

October 31, 2011 | Info

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Writer on the Road: 11 Tips For How To Start Writing A Novel. Wichita, KS.

**Please note: tips herein might not work for everyone. They are intended for neuroses-specific writers only.**

11.  HAVE AN IDEA.  Just something that starts out nebulous at first. Then, as you pull at the strings floating in mid-air above your head, realize that there's more there than you thought, knitting itself together.

10. TELL YOUR AGENT about the idea over lunch

October 27, 2011 | Jenna Blum

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Social Media 101 for Authors: Ten Ways to Build Your Twitter Following


By Crystal King

So you have a Twitter account. You’ve set up your profile, followed a few people, tweeted a few things but now you are likely wondering what to do next. How do you find more followers? How do you find the right followers?

I’m a big proponent of more is not always better. This is especially true on Twitter.  An audience of 30,000 people might be great, but what if 20,000 of those followers are irrelevant

October 24, 2011 | Crystal King

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