by guest blogger Katharine Ashe, best-selling author of historical romance novels Penis. (I do have a point here.) Sometimes when I’m grading a student’s paper and I find a misused word, I circle it and write “Word Choice.” There is, of course, a lot more to choosing the right word than dictionary definitions. Especially when […]
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Recently, someone asked me why I blog. After all, I don’t get paid for it, and it’s a lot of extra work added to an already crazy-busy life. I think I started posting blogs in early 2009 (although I don’t remember what my first post was about), so that makes it about five years of […]
I do my best writing when I’m alone in hotels. In other words, when I am free from the needs, interests, and schedules of other creatures (husband, dog). When I can get into the groove and stay there, I am capable of writing insane quantities in a short period of time. But it’s expensive. So when my husband went out of town on business for a week, I took the opportunity to recreate those productivity-inducing conditions at home, on the cheap. Here’s what I did:
by guest blogger Maya Rodale. November is National Novel Writing Month and in honor of that, I thought I’d share my system (developed over the course of writing 10-plus books) for quickly producing a good novel without a ton of angst and anguish. If cutting yourself off from the world (and Internet) at a five-star hotel with excellent room service is not an option, try the following:
I sat up in bed to write a blog
And this poem
by guest blogger Maya Rodale. This summer, I was lucky to see a few great concerts. In the midst of all the rocking and rolling and singing along with the crowd, I discovered this truth: You haven’t really heard a song until you’ve heard it played LOUD in a stadium with 20,000 people singing along. I also gleaned some insights about being an artist…or just getting a job done right…. And about writing kisses and love stories.
by guest blogger Maya Rodale. Recently, I found myself in a hotel room, alone for a two-night stay. While I was there, I indulged in an epic writing binge, cranking out 11,000 words in one day. For a frame of reference, that’s what I’d normally write in a week… My husband asked what needed to happen for me to write that much every day. The answer is room service.
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