Writing a book is straightforward. You sit, you write. Voila! You’re done. Theoretically. Alas, there are steps in-between, and we covered them in this lively teleclass. Listen to the recorded version below, and by hour’s end, you’ll have a clear sense of what a book project entails, and if you have the time, energy and interest to dive in.
Author Archive | Beth Mende Conny
My dear writer, get to work.
Dive in and get messy.
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! When I was a kid, funerals were my favorite gatherings. Strangers would appear at the door, bearing platters of smartly folded cold cuts and pretty pink boxes of pastries. When they heard I was Judy’s girl, they’d […]
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. TechMeme Stay on top of developments in tech, AI and the arrival of our robot overlords. A great source to spark true-to-life sci-fi ideas. Image as featured […]
Do you show up for your writing day after day? Then you are succeeding.
Happy birthday, Sweetie Pie! May today be free of traffic and telemarketers, grouchy people and bills in your mailbox. May you get good cable reception, so you and your sister can watch Veronica Mars while eating Indian take-out. May you go to bed feeling loved by family, friends; the world. I’m glad you got my birthday card. Apologies that all my love couldn’t fit into the envelope. To make amends, let me tell you a […]
Forge a new self and you forge a new world.
I’ve been writing ever since I first learned to form letters on a page. I went “pro” some 30-plus years ago and have learned much about my craft and self in the process. I know, for example, that I must have certain things in my life if I am to succeed in 2018. Here goes! A reason to write I write because I have to, because the urge is almost physical in nature. I see […]
Two-Syllable Masterpiece In 50-150 words, write whatever you’d like—a snippet of a novel, an opinion piece, a journal entry. But here’s the catch: All your words must be two syllables long. Example: “Bradley,” Lilly whispered. “Listen closely. Never, ever reveal Wendy’s secret. Wendy wouldn’t forgive, forget … ” “Silly, Lilly,” Bradley chuckled. “Keeping secrets isn’t Wendy’s forte.” Sub-mit su-per en-tries in-to com-ments be-low!