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For #feedyourwritingfriday, a suggestion from Lydia Davis to build quiet time onto the end of your writing session so your brain can continue to noodle with your ideas and you’ll be available to catch anything comes forth. Note that for her, this time isn’t a do-nothing time—it could overlap with doing dishes or laundry or taking […]

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Today’s feedyourwritingfriday: Consider Laura Portwood-Stacer’s course on Developmental Editing for Academics if you are: An academic who wants to build your revision skills or to give better editorial feedback to colleagues or students. An editor interested in helping academic authors craft their best work. Laura is an excellent, organized, experienced teacher and I’m confident this course will […]

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Developmental Editing for Academics

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Today’s #feedyourwritingfriday: If you want to start the new year with a big hug for your creative writing, try Before You Begin with Heidi Fiedler. You won’t find a more generous, warm-hearted, and honest guide to the challenges of holding onto creative work while also parenting and juggling all the challenges of life. She’s offering […]

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A hug for your creative writing

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Today’s #feedyourwritingfriday: A 25% off sale on Writing the Other courses, recommended by trusted colleague Tanya Gold.

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25% off at Writing the Other

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Today’s #feedyourwritingfriday: This newsletter from author Alix E. Harrow (of Ten Thousand Doors of January fame) is marvelous writing in and of itself but also gives delicious food for thought on writing with/from bodies…or not. Read it here.

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Alix E. Harrow on bodies

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Today’s #feedyourwritingfriday: If you’re writing a nonfiction book and wondering how to get it traditionally published, start with this fundamentals guide from industry expert and generous knowledge-sharer Jane Friedman. What’s one question you have about the book proposal or publishing process? What’s one insight from this article—or your own experience—that you can share here to […]

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Book proposal fundamentals

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This #feedyourwritingfriday, I’m saluting writers and other creative thinkers for the bravery and effort inherent in making creative work an ordinary thing, a part of home. “People are wrong when they talk about how you need to be brave to get out of your comfort zone, travel, and see things. The travel and perspective–the escapism, […]

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Making creative work an ordinary thing

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“I want authors to have a good time writing their book; I want authors to be compensated fairly; I want authors to enjoy bringing their books to market; I want authors to sell lots of copies.” A happy, gusty breath of relief escaped me when I read this. Community! Humanity! Pleasure! Collaboration! It’s all in […]

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A dose of humanity in publishing

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For #feedyourwritingfriday, peep this Twitter thread by Allison K Williams on finding comps. It’s mostly geared toward fiction writers, but very useful for my nonfiction folks, too. What comps did you use, or would you use, for your book? I’m sharing bits of good writing, other folks’ wise advice, online courses, rich resources, and other internet tidbits to nourish your craft […]

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How to find good comps