Author Archive | Beth Mende Conny

The author, Beth Mende Conny with her oldest daughter, Julie

Happy BD Julia, my Olympian

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 […]

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Tiny mocha with a heart in the foam, a pen and writing paper sit on a rough-hewn wood desk. Tools for writing in 2018.

What Every Writer Needs in 2018

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 […]

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Sign in the woods saying Cabin Fever.

Monthly Writing Challenge

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!

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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. FakeSpot Wonder if the glowing reviews for that novel are genuine and not praise-for-hire? Run them through FakeSpot to check their trustworthiness. Find inspiration and self-expression […]

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Colorful graphics of each of 4 seasons by Beth Mende Conny

Hello, goodbye, hello

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! Goodbyes aren’t morbid. After all, there can be no goodbyes without hellos. Hellos get good press. They’re pleasant sorts of things: Hello, morning! Hello, my love! Hello, new adventure! But goodbyes also have their positives, depending on circumstances: Goodbye, extra pounds! Goodbye, […]

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Image of multicolored gold, orange and blue butterfly on purple flowers, from Writing is a Heartache, by Beth Mende Conny

Writing is a heartache

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! The heart truly aches, swells with ideas that don’t seek expression as much as release. The pressure builds with every passing word — the gems of language and insight that we let slip, literally, from our fingers. […]

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Jim Skyrms, NaNoWriMo Winner

Congratulations, National Novel Writing Month Winners

Here we are, one short month after our Kickoff Teleclass and we’re ready to celebrate two members of the Write Directions community and their fledgling novels. After enrolling in our fall workshop, “I have a Great Idea for a Book — Now What?” Jim Skyrms and Bill Edwards both signed on to write a full 50,000 words during National Novel Writing Month. A bit exhausted and behind on their holiday shopping, both have rejoined us […]

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