Author Archive | Beth Mende Conny

Image of thermometer from the 80/20 Principle of the Heart, by Beth Mende Conny

The 80/20 principle of the heart

Yesterday I woke with a warm heart. Do you know what I mean? You get out of bed without thinking you’re not good enough, that, yeah, you look in the mirror and your hair’s a mess and you really should exercise, but that you’re okay anyway. One of those days when you lay claim to 80 percent of yourself and say, “Not bad. I can work with this.” When I wake/feel 80 percent, I care […]

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Bright diagonal row of makeup vials from My Makeup Makeover, by Beth Mende Conny

My makeup makeover

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! So here I am  at the cosmetics store Sephora with my 20-year-old daughter, Jenna, who has brought me here to get a new look. “What’s wrong with my look?” I want to ask, but I know better because she’ll tell me. I’m […]

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Cover of Cliff's Notes for The Age of Innocence, from Into the Silence, by Beth Mende Conny

Into the silence

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! We cry out from the get-go. It is our very first act of being. We go from fluid warm darkness into a bright, sharp world filled with sounds and smells and warm hands on bodies we do […]

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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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Image of green money plant in front of open white window

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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