Thursday, March 24, 2011

Writing Advice, Meditations, and Welcome

With the change in the weather from nice to nasty I want to shake things up a bit. Today I'd like to share links to two blogs where you can find some great resources and information about writing.

First, over on Write in the Midwest, Dianna Graveman features Mary Horner in her post: "WritRteachR Has Advice for MFA Students." You need not be an MFA student to benefit from Mary's advice. Mary also shares helpful links to sources for potential writing jobs. I especially like Mary's advice at the end of the post encouraging writers to create themselves. Mary's book, Strengthen Your Nonfiction Writing, will be published next month by High Hill Press.

The second link is to Clara Gillow Clark's blog. Clara writes historical fiction for children age 10 and up. For the past few weeks Clara has hosted several children's historical fiction authors. The author interviews and features have been fascinating --- and fun. Clara also has several giveaways. I was surpirsed and pleased to see my name today among the winners. Also on Clara's blog today, author Laurie Calkhoven shares meditation exercises. Laurie talks about how the element of suprise can make characters come alive. Hop over to Clara's blog to read more.

Last, a hearty Hello to my newest follower, Dave from Dave's Travel Corner, Above the Clouds. WELCOME and thanks for becoming a follower of Donna's Book Pub.


  1. Donna--

    I read Mary Horner's piece. "Voice" is something that you either see or don't see/hear when you read other writers, but it's crucial to develop if we want to carve out a niche for ourselves in the world of books and articles and poetry.

  2. Hi Sioux,
    You are so right. Voice is that intangible that makes great writing unique and memorable.

  3. An agent was recently quoted as saying, when asked what types of clients she searched for, that she wants to find the Adam Lambert of the writing world. Being a "Glambert" fan (the kid is pretty wild, but he got his start in musical theater and man, can he sing when he wants to) I understood immediately what she meant. The AL of the writing world will have a strong presence, the kind of "voice" that is recognizable by voice alone. Different. Edgy. Honest. And back to the key word. . .voice. We all have it. The trick is to make it something special. I guess that's what we're all working for.

  4. Donna, great post and congrats on winning the book at Clara's blog! Will I see you Saturday?

  5. Hi Donna, Hugs for giving me a shout out on your blog! That was so sweet of you and unexpected! Thanks!

  6. Hi Lisa,
    You are so right about voice being that magical ingredient to success.

    Hi Becky,
    Thanks. I'm going to try to make it.

    Hi Clara,
    You are welcome. Your blog is a great resource for writers.



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