by Patricia J. Parsons You have journals, right? Writers have journals. The authors of an interesting article in The Guardian newspaper in 2018 about the inner workings of writers’ journals said this: “Note-taking is not just a method for remembering. It is a way a writer tells himself, or herself, a story―and this becomes a […]Read More 5 tips to make better use of your journals and notebooks
Writers who intend to publish (or have already published) have websites. It’s as simple as that. It’s the twenty-first century, after all. Must you have one? No, of course not. You can do anything you like. But if you’re a serious writer who hopes that writing will connect with readers at some point, you have […]Read More 5 tips to improve your author website
if you’d prefer to see me talk about this, scroll to the bottom and click to the video at Write. Fix.Repeat. Someone once said that there are no new ideas, only regenerated ideas. I don’t see it this way. What’s more, if you don’t have any new and innovative ideas or are not interested in […]Read More Five Tips for Generating New Writing Ideas
What do the following two pictures have in common? Words? Pictures? Ideas? Yes, yes and yes. But they are also both photos of sources I’m using for my new work-in-progress. Yes, they are drastically different in terms of medium. The first two are reference books I’m madly absorbing so that I can recreate the zeitgeist […]Read More Writing Advice: Five tips to inspire (and improve) your online research
(excerpt from Permission to Write: How to Write a Book & Other Myths from the Real World of Writing & Publishing by Patricia J. Parsons The moment the publisher said “yes” she was interested in seeing more about my book with a view to possible publication was the moment I knew I’d have to learn […]Read More How to Write a Book Proposal
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Some years ago, I wrote a blog piece on self-plagiarism, a concept that seems to be largely unknown in circles of wannabe writers these days. It seemed important at that time because I was still teaching full-time at a university, and a former student contacted me to ask for…
by Patricia J.Parsons In his book On Writing Well, an absolute must-read for anyone who writes, the estimable William Zinsser presents to us an entire chapter simply titled “clutter.” He begins by telling us that “…fighting clutter is like fighting weeds – the writer is always slightly behind.” This is probably truer these days than […]Read More How to Reduce Clutter in Your Writing
by Patricia J. Parsons If you write fiction, you’ve been told over and over that publishers and readers look for “fresh voices” and it’s much the same for nonfiction. A writer’s voice is that unique fingerprint that identifies that writer’s style, or as it was put to me early in my writing career, style is […]Read More Promoting your writer’s voice online: How do you sound?
There’s little doubt that writing is, in general, a solitary business. That’s why keeping your momentum, as we discussed last week, is so important. No boss is demanding that you complete the work or risk your job. It’s just you. However, there might be times when you ought to consider a collaboration. There may be […]Read More Collaborative writing: Is it for you?
It doesn’t matter what kind of work you do: especially if the project is a long one, there often comes a time when you lose momentum. Momentum, of course, is that forward-motion or energy that powers us through our activities toward completion. Writers, perhaps more than many others, need this propulsion to keep the work […]Read More Tips to Keep Momentum in Your Writing