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Dear Diary, by Beth Mende Conny

Dear Diary

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! Note: When I was 9, my mother gave me a diary. It was 10 days before Christmas, and I simply couldn’t wait until the new year to begin writing in it. Hence, my diary covered more than one […]

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Illustration of hand in thumbs up position made of round wheels of bright colors, from Writers Need Cheerleaders, by Beth Mende Conny

Writers need cheerleaders

To write a book, we must enter unknown territory. Having supporters to cheer us on makes our travels less frightening. Ideally, these folks will lend us their ears and hearts; offer suggestions and a shoulder to cry on; build us up, not tear us down. They will journey with us and benefit from our efforts, directly or indirectly. It doesn’t always happen that way, of course. We may well have to ask, prod and teach […]

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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 every Thursday, 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. Are you making these errors? Big thanks to Prof. Paul Brians of Washington State University for compiling this excellent site of common English errors. Image as featured […]

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I learn the facts of life, by Beth Mende Conny

I learn the facts of life

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! I am 10-years-old. My friend Laura asks, “Do you know where babies come from?” I don’t like her tone; it is more of a taunt. Laura is as close to being a woman of the world as […]

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