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Issue 58 - WOW! Women On Writing: New Experiences, Rituals and Routines

ARTICLES

  1. GET ORGANIZED! EXPERT TIPS FOR TACKLING THE MESSY FILES AND PILES (AND MORE!) THAT MAKE WRITERS STRESS OUT

Quick! Where is that receipt for the conference you just attended? And how about the interview that you finished last week for an article you need to write today? Writers can easily find themselves lost in a sea of papers or searching through electronic folders if they’ve let their office and organizing system slip into despair. If you have a severe case of “clutter” or a minor “messy” situation, today is the day you can start to tackle those untidy areas of your writing life and put yourself on the path to a neater and more organized you. With the help of Diane Albright, a nationally recognized expert in the field of organization and productivity, Janine Boldrin shows you how to plan your approach, tackle the mess, get organized, and keep going. She also chats with Sage Cohen, author of The Productive Writer, and Justine Ickes, writer and instructional designer, who share their best tips for cleaning career clutter—like goal creep and time wasters. MORE >>

     
  2. A WRITER’S FITNESS PLAN: HOW TO WORK WRITING INTO YOUR DAILY LIFE

You try to write. Really, you do. But something always gets in your way, whether it’s your family schedule, a plumbing emergency, or just the busy-ness of errands and phone calls. When you finally do manage to fall into your desk chair, the words simply refuse to flow. You stare at the blank screen. You check your Facebook account. You build fancy what-nots out of paperclips. What you don’t do is write... Whether your goal is to write a novel or draft an article, writing doesn’t just happen. It’s like exercise that way. A personal trainer can help you meet your workout goals. Fortunately, you have WOW! Women on Writing and the Writer’s Fitness Plan to help you get into topnotch writing shape. Adopt each of these writing habits, one at a time, and find yourself laying words on the page like never before. MORE >>

     
  3. RESOLVE TO BURN, WRITER, BURN WITH JILLIAN MICHAELS: FITTING EXERCISE AND NUTRITION INTO YOUR WRITING PLAN

You know the routine: you drag your weary body from bed, turn on the computer, and spend eight hours writing a chapter in the next great American novel or research material for a Pulitzer-winning, non-fiction piece. Perhaps you spend eight hours at a full-time job, rush home, and squeeze in precious writing minutes wherever possible. The one item missing from this crammed schedule is the single element of the writing life that many of us overlook: making a commitment to exercise. As trainer and life coach on The Biggest Loser and Losing It with Jillian, health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels understands the importance of exercise for those immersed in the writing life and shares her best tips for . . .  MORE >>

     
  4. MAKING THE LEAP: THE TRANSITION INTO FULL-TIME WRITING

If writing is your passion as well as your calling, and you are determined to make it your business (not your hobby), how do you create a viable, full-time career? You need talent, self-motivation, resourcefulness, and courage. Devon Ellington chats with freelancers, novelists, and full-time writers—Jill Shalvis, Shirley Wells, Jennifer Mattern, Anne Wayman, Lori Widmer, and Stacia Kane—who share their best advice on making the leap, so you won’t have to stumble . . .  MORE >>

     
  5. BEGINNING AFTER NANOWRIMO

Congratulations! You took part in November’s National Novel Writing Month and committed endless hours to your manuscript within a mere thirty-day span. Now it’s January. Those dishes are done, along with most of that clearance-sale Christmas candy. Your manuscript languishes somewhere in your word processing program. Even though there are a few plot holes the size of semi-trucks, a stereotypical character or two or twelve, and enough typos to make your computer groan for five minutes as the document loads, you still have hope, or at least, blissful ignorance. Where do you go from here? Beth Cato, a nine-year NaNoWriMo veteran, takes the guesswork out of the process and walks you through the necessary steps you must take to begin preparing yourself to edit, revise, and polish your manuscript . . .  MORE >>

     
  6. GET A DEADLINE AND GET MORE WRITING DONE

You want to write but you’re not doing it. Without the pressure of a due date, there just seems to be no reason to write right now. What you need is a deadline. WOW! columnist Marcia Peterson shares eight ways to help you get focused and forced into action using the power of deadlines . . .  MORE >>

     
  7. HOW TO CREATE YOUR UNIQUE WORKSPACE

Readers are curious about where their favorite books are created and writers long for the perfect next where creativity knows no bounds. Beth Morrissey takes us around the world, showing us . . .  MORE >>

     
  8. TIME TO WRITE: AN INTERVIEW WITH KELLY L. STONE

No excuses. No distractions. No more blank pages! Kelly L. Stone has talked to more than 100 professional writers and reveals how you can fit writing into your busy life . . .  MORE >>

     
  9. HOW TO START A WRITERS’ GROUP IN YOUR AREA

Any writer who has been working at the craft for longer than an hour knows what an isolating profession it can be. It’s often difficult to emerge from your imaginary world of delightful characters or pull yourself away from some particularly gripping article you are researching; but, sadly, real life stops for no one—not even writers. It’s important to continue to hone your craft and network with fellow scribes, but classes and conferences, though helpful, are often expensive. This is where a writers’ group comes in handy. So, why not start your own? Sara Hodon, co-founder of the Black Diamond Writers' Network, walks you through the process of starting, building, and maintaining a thriving writers’ group. She also chats with Kerrie Flanagan, founder of Northern Colorado Writers, Kathy Higgs-Coulthard, founder of the Michiana Writers’ Center, and Richelle Putnam, founder of the Mississippi Writers Guild . . .  MORE >>

     
  10. CREATE YOUR OWN WRITING RETREAT

Have you ever wished you could host a writing retreat in your own backyard? Now you can. Karon Goodman provides a step-by-step guide to creating a local retreat that will offer writers a way to learn, connect, and share . . .  MORE >>

     
  11. WRITING A BOOK ONE BLOG POST AT A TIME: INTERVIEW WITH NINA AMIR

We’ve all heard of authors who get those blog-to-book deals, like Julie Powell’s Julie & Julia or Martha Alderson’s The Plot Whisperer, but how did they do that? And can you use the same concept for self-publishing? Nina Amir is the author of nine books and five blogs, including a blog created for the sole purpose of blogging her book, How to Blog a Book. Jodi Webb interviews Nina about which ideas are best for blogging a book, why self-publishers should use this process for their books, why it’s an ideal platform, and how to get started.  MORE >>

     
  12. OFFICE-IALLY FED UP! ONE WRITER’S HOME OFFICE MAKEOVER

One jolly spring, I met a local magazine publisher at a printer’s warehouse not 2 miles from my home to proofread some mock-ups of an upcoming issue. Imagine my chagrin when he asked if we could meet afterward at my home office—a space I knew wasn’t in shape to welcome clients. Although I was able to convince him I needed a macchiato, it was still apparent to me that I could make great use of an office that would welcome clients. Thus, the home office makeover project was born! In her photo essay, Allena Tapia includes before pictures with captions of the problems encountered in each photo and after pictures with solutions to the problems. She also shares some tips on ergonomics, meeting and work space, and organization.  MORE >>

     
  13. WRTING THROUGH DISTRACTIONS

As a writer you’re bound to have distractions that keep you from writing, but if you’re not careful, they can keep you from accomplishing anything at all. These four articles provide effective solutions for eliminating distractions. In Writing Through the Distractions of...Mothering, Chynna Laird shares some fantastic parenting tips for keeping your kids entertained so you can focus on writing. Getting It Done When There’s No Time To Do It, by Kathleen M. Basi, provides time management tips and strategies to help writers make good use of their time. Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr: Writing Through Electronic Distractions, by Swapna Lovin, provides writers with websites and applications to limit social media distractions. When Writing Becomes a Drag or How to Procrastinate, by Suchi Rudra, helps writers overcome blocks that keep them from writing and provides creative solutions to inspire your muse. MORE >>

     

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Whether you are looking to boost your income or work on your craft, we know that education is an important part of a writer’s career. That’s why WOW! handpicks qualified instructors and targeted classes that women writers will benefit from. All of the courses operate online and are taught one-on-one with the instructor. The flexibility of the platform allows students to complete assignments on their own time and work at their own pace in the comfort of their own home. Visit the classroom page and check out our current line up of workshops: fiction writing, writing for children, screenwriting, creativity, memoir, personal essay, grammar, food writing, freelance writing, novel writing, finding a literary agent, blogging, social networking for authors, independent publishing, and more. MORE >>

     

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Get Organized! Expert Tips for Tackling the Messy Files and Piles that Make Writers Stress Out
A Writer's Fitness Plan - How to Work Writing into Your Daily Life - Sue Bradford Edwards
Resolve to Burn, Writer, Burn with Jillian Michaels: Fitting Exercise and Nutrition in Your Writing Plan
Making the Leap: The Transition into Full-Time Writing
Beginning After NaNoWriMo by Beth Cato
GET A DEADLINE AND GET MORE WRITING DONE
How To Start a Writers' Group in Your Area
Blog to Book - Nina Amir
Photo Essay - One Writer's Home Office Makeover
Getting It Done When There's No Time To Do It
Fall 2013 Flash Fiction Contest Winners!
WOW! Women On Writing Summer 2013 Flash Fiction Contest Winners!
 
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