Issue 31 - The Process - Maria Laurino, Darci Pattison, Lea Schizas


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Issue 31 - The Process - Maria Laurino, Darci Pattison, Lea Schizas

 

EDITOR'S DESK

  1. WELCOME:  THE PROCESS

“The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.” ~ Julia Cameron. No matter what type of writing you do, there is a process involved. It can be a step-by-step process of creating something—from seed to fruition—or it can be a small, but necessary, part of a bigger picture—like communicating with an editor. This issue examines various processes of writing… MORE >>

     

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  2. NOVEL WRITING: CHOOSING A METHOD THAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU

Every novelist has her own way of writing a novel. From outlining to sticky notes to just writing the darn thing, novel writing is a process that can differ for each writer. For those novelists out there struggling with their current methods, Margo L. Dill provides several solutions you can put to use right away. This article includes samples of outlines, chapter summaries, character sketches, note cards and sticky notes, and tips for NaNoWriMo…MORE >>

     
  3. HOW TO COMBAT WRITER’S BLOCK

“Until recently, I didn’t believe in writer’s block. Some days were more productive than others, but I didn’t have long dry spells. Fortunately, several generous women writers shared their cures. To figure out which one would work, I needed to know why I was blocked.” In this article, Sue Bradford Edwards examines the various cases and situations of writer's block and tackles the solutions head-on with help from experts. Uncover writing habits that may be blocking you, and discover solutions to combat your writer's block: transitions, story problems, article organization, fear-based blocks, and recharging… MORE >>

     
  4. THE INCREDIBLE SHRUNKEN MANUSCRIPT: HOW TO DIAGNOSE YOUR NOVEL’S STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

Without reading a single word of your novel, Darcy Pattison can tell you some of its strengths and weaknesses by using the “Shrunken Manuscript” technique. This step-by-step process can help you evaluate the big picture of a novel: the overall structure, pacing, scenes, characters, and dialogue. By following these exercises, you'll be able to change the context of the story— from large to small—and it will give you a starting place for manuscript revisions… MORE >>


COLUMNS

  5. ONE EDITOR’S QUESTION/ SIX AUTHORS’ ANSWERS: ZESTY AUTHOR/EDITOR RELATIONSHIPS

Writing is only the beginning. Getting a contract is the thrill of proclaiming you are a published writer. Now, the tough part begins. The task of communicating, listening, and cooperating with your editor, at times, falls to the wayside. An author/editor relationship is vital to the final and formatted manuscript. Lea Schizas, editor-in-chief/submissions editor for Red Rose Publishing, asks six authors a question: How did your manuscript change from its original state after you collaborated with your publishing house’s editor? Romance authors L.A. Banks, Kim Smith, Raven Starr, Aline de Chevigny, Janis Susan May, and Linda Mooney share their insights… MORE >>

     
  6. FREELANCER’S CORNER: ATTEND PRESS TRIPS & INCREASE YOUR PORTFOLIO POWER

Traveling to interesting and exotic locations on a press trip sounds like a writer’s dream, right? In reality, breaking into the travel writing industry is tough. Competition is intense; the quest to appear on the pages of top-tier travel publications turns off many writers. But don’t be discouraged! LuAnn Schindler shows you how to break into the travel writing market and provides you with online resources to find press trips, so you can get paid to travel… MORE >>

     
  7. HOW 2 RESEARCH FOR THE NON-RESEARCHER

Have you ever lost an entire evening researching a topic on the Internet? If so, you aren’t alone. Knowing where to find information and conduct research efficiently and effectively can increase your publishing credits and your bottom line. Mary Horner provides you with tips to focus your search for information and to gain access to sources you didn’t know you had. Learn how to conduct effective research by using search engine strategies, the local library for access to specific databases, and interview experts for direct quotes on your subject… MORE >>

     
  8. OLD WORLD DAUGHTER, NEW WORLD MOTHER: AN INTERVIEW WITH MARIA LAURINO

It’s a dilemma still faced by many women today: how do we balance our desires for autonomy and career with those of raising a family? To add another angle to the discussion, how do our cultural values shape our child-rearing choices? Maria Laurino explores these issues in her memoir, Old World Daughter, New World Mother: An Education in Love and Freedom. The book has been described as a warm, smart, and witty personal investigation of ethnicity and womanhood. Join Marcia Peterson as she chats with Maria about her memoir, her Italian-American family, writing for The Sopranos, Michelle Obama, contemporary feminism and… MORE >>

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Issue 31 - The Process - Maria Laurino, Darci Pattison, Lea Schizas
Strengths and Weaknesses of Your Novel - Darcy Pattison
Novel Writing - Choosing a Method that Works Best for You - Margo L Dill
How To Combat Writer's Block - Sue Bradford Edwards
Inspiration - An Interview With Maria Laurino
6 Authors Answer - Author-Editor Zesty Relationships - Lea Schizas
How2 Research for the Non-Researcher - Mary Horner
Freelancer's Corner - How To Find and Write for Press Trips - LuAnn Schindler
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