Author Archive | Beth Mende Conny

Image of Babu, from Writing is a Heartache, by Beth Mende Conny

Cold Cuts, Pastries, Funerals

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 […]

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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. 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 […]

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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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