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  • Programs for Authors and Writer Entrepreneurs

    Programs for Authors and Writer Entrepreneurs

    You may be a published author – or aspire to be one. Here are several programs that can provide substantial guidance and resources to enhance your success as a writer and creative entrepreneur. ~ ~ ~ ~ The Transformational Author Experience Host Christine Kloser is “a transformational book coach and author whose guidance has helped […]

  • Joanna Penn: Eliminate What Keeps You From Being Productive

    Joanna Penn: Eliminate What Keeps You From Being Productive

    “To be a successful indie author means wearing many different hats.” In an article on her site, author Joanna Penn continues: “Indeed, to be successful at anything involves wearing many hats! But sometimes, we can look up from the mountainous To Do list and wonder what the hell is going on!” She notes she has […]

  • Suzanne Collins on Writing The Hunger Games and More

    Suzanne Collins on Writing The Hunger Games and More

    “I was channel surfing between reality TV programming and actual war coverage when Katniss’s story came to me.” The movie series “The Hunger Games” is based on the novels by Suzanne Collins, who also co-wrote the screenplay. A magazine article summarizes: “The story’s unlikely heroine is 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in Panem, a country […]

  • Writing wherever; Artist myths; Fraud feelings

    Writing wherever; Artist myths; Fraud feelings

    In her famous essay “A Room of One’s Own” in 1929, Virginia Woolf said that for women artists “a lock on the door means the power to think for oneself” and encouragement to develop the “habit of freedom and the courage to write exactly what we think.” From my article Solitude and creative expression. But […]

  • Susan K. Perry on daring to write fiction

    Susan K. Perry on daring to write fiction

    Interview by Douglas Eby Susan K. Perry, Ph.D., is a social psychologist with expertise in relationships, and author of 1000-plus articles, essays, reviews, and Q&A columns and has been widely quoted as a human development, relationship, and creativity expert. Her non-fiction books include “Writing In Flow” and a number of others, but her latest creation […]

  • About The Writer’s Circle Program

    About The Writer’s Circle Program

    Coach Jenna Avery summarizes her program: “The ‘Just Do The Writing’ Accountability Circle, aka the Writer’s Circle, is a powerful system to help writers like you – novelists, screenwriters, songwriters, poets, non-fiction writers, and creative writers – stay on track with your work so you can get your writing into the world. “This system was […]

Should You Write What You Know?

Should You Write What You Know?

It may be advice often given to writers, but is the idea to “write what you know” always understood, and valuable for creating good work? In his post “Write what you know” – the most misunderstood piece of good advice, ever., Jason Gots comments that writer Nathan Englander “says that ‘write what you know’ is […]

Digital Publishing Virtual Summit

Digital Publishing Virtual Summit

20 Online Workshops: Discover simple video creation strategies for publishing your own videos Learn how to create a viral eBook and publish to iTunes Take your book on tour, around the globe, without leaving home How to team up with a qualified virtual assistant and much more Workshop Speakers and Topics: Promoting Your Message Lynnette […]

Archetypes for Writers: Developing Complex Characters

Archetypes for Writers: Developing Complex Characters

Jean Shinoda Bolen on Greek mythology Author and Jungian analyst Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. explains the idea of archetype as a “predisposition that contributes to our personality, helping define our strengths, difficulties, and meaning.” She says the common forms “are based on the gods and goddesses in Greek mythology. People are complex, there is a […]

Developing Creativity: Writing With Patience

Developing Creativity: Writing With Patience

“And still it is not enough to have memories. One must be able to forget them when they are many, and one must have the great patience to wait until they come again. For it is not yet the memories themselves. Not until they have turned to blood within us, to glance, to gesture, nameless […]

The Daily Writing Impulse

The Daily Writing Impulse

Cynthia Morris says on her site Original Impulse: “Others dream of finally putting on paper the story they’ve been wanting to tell for years but have been afraid to begin. “With me, they stop merely dreaming and they start writing. “I’ve been a writing and creativity coach full-time since 1999, and I know that most […]

The Transformational Author Experience Program

The Transformational Author Experience Program

Author, professor and CEO Ocean Robbins and his father are examples of transformational writers. He recalls: “I was ten-years-old when my dad first began to write Diet for a New America. It was the first book to expose the truth about factory farms, and the link between food and our planet, to a wide audience. […]

Shelley Hitz on How to Self Publish

Shelley Hitz on How to Self Publish

Shelley Hitz is author of the Self-Publishing-Coach.com site and a number of titles that help writers self-publish. She says, “It might not be as much work as you think. “In fact, if you already own a website or blog, you can seamlessly transform your most popular content into a book. “Think about it: you can […]

Our Stuff is the Raw Material of Writing

Our Stuff is the Raw Material of Writing

Writers and other artists are advised to “get out of their own way” to more freely express their inner experience. It is also potentially a core benefit of counseling or psychotherapy. But what does it really mean: getting out of our own way? Dennis Palumbo, a writer and therapist specializing in creative issues, addresses the […]

Writing from Your Subconscious

Writing from Your Subconscious

Guillermo del Toro on the supranatural The film Pan’s Labyrinth was acclaimed for its powerful story and richly beautiful as well as terrifying images. Writer and director Guillermo del Toro once commented, “When you have the intuition that there is something which is there, but out of the reach of your physical world, art and […]

Writers and achievement: endurability and tenacity, not just talent

Writers and achievement: endurability and tenacity, not just talent

Author Dani Shapiro quotes from the essay “Writing in the Cold: The First Ten Years” by Ted Solotaroff, in which he comments about so many talented writers disappearing. “It doesn’t appear to be a matter of talent itself,” he wrote. “Some of the most natural writers, the ones who seemed to shake their prose or […]

Bunny - a Japanese cellphone novelist

Bunny – a Japanese cellphone novelist

For Japan’s cellphone novelists, proof of success is in the print One teenager who wrote a three-volume novel on her phone has gone on to sell more than 110,000 paperback copies, grossing more than $611,000 in sales. By Yuriko Nagano, Los Angeles Times Reporting from Tokyo Photo: “Bunny,” a 15-year-old cellphone novelist, tapped out a […]

The psychology of creativity: Norm Holland on the brain and literature

The psychology of creativity: Norm Holland on the brain and literature

In his book Literature and the Brain, Professor Norman N. Holland details how we may respond so deeply in both creating and experiencing literature – novels, plays, poems, tv and movies – and the neuropsychology underlying our often intense engagement with stories and characters. See a video below. He writes of one iconic film: “The […]

Natalie Goldberg on letting your inner creator have a say

Natalie Goldberg on letting your inner creator have a say

Her first book, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, has sold more than a million copies in ten languages. In an interview, Natalie Goldberg talked about writing to access your energy and creative intuition : A writing practice is simply picking up a pen — a fast-writing pen, preferably, since the mind is […]

Therapist Dennis Palumbo on the Writer's Inner Life

Therapist Dennis Palumbo on the Writer’s Inner Life

Dennis Palumbo, MFT, is a writer and licensed psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in creative issues. This is from an interview for Shrink Rap Radio: Initially, when you start writing, or at least when I started writing, you think the reward is, wow! It’ll be so great to see my words on screen, to see […]