Writers often get the advice, “you need a writing group.” As someone with a bit of experience with writing groups — and in my fifth year of leading my own — I happen to believe that’s true. But not all groups are created equal. The right group will help you grow far beyond what you could’ve accomplished on your own.
Writing a thesis is a huge accomplishment, and in today’s guest post Tracy Stanley discusses how all the work you put into that project doesn’t have to end once the thesis is submitted to your academic advisors. As always, your writing can be turned into more than one asset; it’s possible to turn that thesis into something you can sell.
When submitted it was 103,850 words and I knew that no more than six people in the world would read it. As a result, it was unlikely to have an impact on anything. Yes, I’d written shorter academic articles, but these were also designed for a mainly academic audience.
Thu, Jul 18, 2019, 7:00 PM –
Sun, Jul 21, 2019, 2:00 PM EDT
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Good readers are good writers. Everyone knows that. But why? Plenty of people read who never write, so how does picking up more books help build your creative muscles to create your own work of fiction?
Being an author of books requires you to be a many-headed beast.
Don’t get me wrong — it starts with one head, one neck, one breath weapon, and at that point you are a monster singularly-tasked with doing the one thing explicit in the title: you must author a motherfucking book. That’s your first job. Your first breath weapon is ink and prose. You are a beast with that one burden:
But as with all RPGs, you are eventually going to level up.
You are going to finish the first draft of that book and you are going to be forced out of your quiet and contemplative lair where you will now be out in the greater world, stomping across the fantasy map at large, and you will suddenly find that you cannot help but see that the tasks before you necessitate the sprouting of many more heads, each with tasks to complete, each with terrifying and strange breath weapons you’ve never before seen and certainly never practiced. You’ve leveled up, but so has your quest, so have your enemies, so have all the tasks at hand.
What I’m trying to say is:
Being a writer is about more than writing.
Writing a book is about more than sitting down and writing the book.
In today’s article, Nate Hoffelder from The Digital Reader shares his fears and tips for overcoming them. [Nate helps me with tech support for this website, so I’m thrilled to have him share a more personal story.]
Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, putting yourself out there can be scary, but at the same time, it is also crucially important.
You need to step out of your comfort zone and go meet people where they are because waiting for them to come to you will stifle your career.
My greatest mistake as a blogger was that I gave in to my fear of meeting people. I should have been actively pursuing every opportunity for publicity, but instead, I let my self-doubt stop me from getting on conference panels, I quietly ducked interviews, and I even let my dislike of noise keep me going to parties during conferences.
I have had a successful career as a blogger, but I also know I would have been bigger and much better well-known if I had resisted my fears (actually, gut-wrenching panic would be a more accurate description).
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1) After you finish writing it, put your document away for a while. Hours, days, weeks or even months. You want to look at it with “fresh eyes.” Instead of seeing what you meant to write, you want to see what you actually did write.
Ruminate Magazine announces the 2019 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. This year’s competition will be judged by award-winning writer Tyrese Coleman.
First place winner will receive a $1500 cash prize along with publication. Runner-up recipient will receive $200 cash prize and publication. The entry fee is $20 and includes a complimentary PDF copy of the prize issue featuring the winning work. You may submit one story per contest entry fee and it must be 5500 words or less. There is no limit on the number of entries per person. Entries must be previously unpublished (if it has a circulation of 500 or greater, in print or online, we consider it previously published).
Ruminate is a nonprofit, reader-supported magazine that celebrates slowing down, encountering honest art and storytelling, and living awake.
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Thank you so much!
After spending thirty years in other fields, I’ve recently embarked on a career as a writer. And what I’ve found is that great how-to advice—from sources like Jane Friedman, Writer’s Digest, and kboards—actually seems to work.
My first career spanned 1981–1997 as a research chemist, and from 1998 until today I’ve been an attorney. But in my spare time, I’ve worked on a biography, Palette and Pen: Charles Whitfield Richards and his Circle.
Richards was a journalist and artist active from the 1920s until his death in 1992. He made New Orleans, Louisiana, his base for much of his artistic career, and that’s where I met him in the 1980s. Over the course of several years, he told me about his interesting life and eventually I had nearly twenty hours of recorded conversations with him. Since then, I have spent a lot of time further researching and writing about his life and of those who knew him.
FYI about school library related workshops being held at the 2019 MACUL conference. See below for more details.
MACUL SIG LIB is sponsoring five MACUL 2019 Workshops!
1) Future Ready Librarians: Leading Beyond the Library AM
MACUL SIG LIB Workshops
Wednesday, March 20th, 8:30am-4:30pm
AM Workshops are from 8:30am – 12:00pm
REGISTER FOR ANY OF THE MACUL SIG LIB WORKSHOPS HERE
Future Ready Librarians – Leading Beyond the Library
AM Session: 8:30am – 12:00pm
Digital Citizenship in Action!
PM Session: 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Online Resources to Support Literacy Essentials
Promoting STEM through Literature
Use literature to get your students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by actively involving them in the design thinking process. Develop their inquiry and problem-solving skills, while helping them see that with perseverance, anyone can be innovative and invent new things! Judy Bowling and Kerry Guiliano will walk you through a lesson that begins with a reading activity and moves into the design thinking process, focusing on one of the Maker Kit items available for free checkout through your local REMC in Michigan. All of the STEM through Literature lessons are also available for free.
Designing or Renovating your Makerspace