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Pep Talk, No. 3: Plant the Dream in Others and Watch it Grow

Anais Nin (credit below) Anais Nin (credit below)

As writers, we often work solo.  And while the sense of being in charge of a project can be fabulous, the feeling of isolation can also be bleak, especially when we're waiting for our very first breaks.  For some of us, this loneliness speaks to a wish to share our work, a need to let our pieces affect the world. What's more, when we think snagging a publisher is the only ‘viable’ way to share, ongoing rejections can feel like a kick in the teeth.

Frankly, it is easy to forget that the act ...

July 18, 2013 | Susan Williams

Craft Advice Inspiration The Writing Life

Goodbye To All That . . . Workshopping

[Another entry in the ongoing blog "Would We Lie To You?: News from the Non-Fiction Career Lab"]

by Sari Boren

emily-workshopI have always been an evangelist for Grub Street’s workshop-based classes.

June 28, 2013 | The Non-Fiction Career Lab

Inspiration Secret The Workshop The Writing Life


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By Michael Geisser

For the past five years or so, whenever someone asked me what I did for work, I have answered, “I’m a writer.”  Before exhaling the final syllable of that simple sentence, a wave of self-doubt would wash over me.  Then I would hear the standard comeback: “What have you written?” or “Have you published anything?”  My answer was often a sheepish, “I’ve had some small pieces published, but I’m still working on my craft.”  That usually moved the conversation to another topic, but not for me.

June 25, 2013 | Info

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Shakespeare, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and What We Writers Can Learn from Them

Amber Benson & Willow Rosenberg (who played Tara and Willow in Buffy). Photo credit below. Amber Benson & Willow Rosenberg (who played Tara and Willow in Buffy)

June 14, 2013 | Susan Williams

Inspiration The Workshop

The Reverse To-Do List

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By Michelle Seaton

“How’s the writing going?” It’s the question I hear whenever I venture to an event where I see other writers. I ask this question, too, at every reading, book launch, conference, and party where I run into a friend or former student I haven’t seen in a while. The response is almost always the same: an awkward pause, a grimace, followed by an admission that it’s okay, or could be better, that it’s not that great. As a group, we writers are underwhelmed by our own efforts and achievements.

June 12, 2013 | Michelle Seaton

Inspiration The Writing Life