Author Archive | Beth Mende Conny

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Not guilty

I’m often asked what it’s like to be a writer — how I spend my days, how I experience the world. And so I will be sharing occasional essays from the front lines of my writing life. Enjoy! Guilt. To be a mother is to suffer from it. But how much suffering is enough? Take this quiz and find out. Simply the circle the responses that best apply to you. Question #1 — While shopping at […]

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Image of the common bean from Girls this is how I met your father, by Beth Mende Conny

Girls—this is how I met your father…

I’m often asked what it’s like to be a writer — how I spend my days, how I experience the world. And so I will be sharing occasional essays from the front lines of my writing life. Enjoy! College. February. Best friend’s birthday party in a Chinese restaurant in downtown Binghamton, New York. Huge oval table and Madge is assigning seats. I see a cute guy sitting at the far end of table. I lean […]

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Facebook Link Roundup

Here’s a recap of some great Web links I’ve posted on Facebook. New ones go up on Thursdays, so “Like” Write Directions. And don’t forget to subscribe to Write Directions’ monthly newsletter, which also lists resources for writers, in addition to original articles, publishing info, inspirational quotations, etc. Wattpad Here is a fun way to help grow your platform: Share your work in serialized form with readers from all over the world. Oh-So-Common English Errors […]

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Image of sun breaking through clouds, from Nirvana, by Beth Mende Conny

Nirvana

I’m often asked what it’s like to be a writer — how I spend my days, how I experience the world. And so I will be sharing occasional essays from the front lines of my writing life. Enjoy! Saw the doctor this week and it’s official: I’m sick. Some viral crap. But sick is for other people. I have too much to do. I noted this to my husband and he got ticked. “There’s nothing […]

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Facebook Link Roundup

Here’s a recap of some great Web links I’ve posted on Facebook. New ones go up on Thursdays, so “Like” Write Directions. And don’t forget to subscribe to Write Directions’ monthly newsletter, which also lists resources for writers, in addition to original articles, publishing info, inspirational quotations, etc. The Positive Trait Thesaurus Is your latest character spunky, adaptable, whimsical? Discover how to flesh out these traits with related emotions and behaviors. The Positive Traits Thesaurus […]

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The open window

I’m often asked what it’s like to be a writer — how I spend my days, how I experience the world. And so I will be sharing occasional essays from the front lines of my writing life. Enjoy! Ah, the first true sign of Spring: I open a window. Not wide; the morning has a bite to it. But the sun is up, the sky is clear and I can feel the planet shift toward […]

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