Kerouac Before the Jazz: a review of “The Haunted Life”

There are some great lost manuscripts in American literature and some are truly lost. Ernest Hemingway famously lost the only draft of the first short stories he ever wrote on a French train. Most writers have "lost" manuscripts, conspicuously placed in quotes because those stories for whatever reason the writer has are socked away until after their deaths (interestingly, … [Read more...]

Reflections of a Writer

In 2012, for NaNoWriMo, which is an annual (November) novel writing project that brings together professional and amateur writers from all over the world, I commenced work on my third novel. I honestly had no desire of doing so because in the 1st week of November 2012, I had a book launch. My nonfiction book, Mouth Full, was scheduled for release at the South Asian Literary … [Read more...]

How to Publish Your Poetry – Some Advice.

Though the focus of this article is on poets & poetry, many of the tips below are appropriate for writers of fiction and nonfiction as well.Where should I publish my poems? Finding the right places to submit your can be tricky. Here's where to look.Poet's Market My best suggestion for locating publishers is that you get your hands on a copy of Poet's Market, … [Read more...]

Why multi-genre writing rocks!

During the week of June 14-17, I was fortunate enough to win a scholarship to attend the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference. It is a program that offers the opportunity for people to meet fellow writers and learn from some of the best in the field, and I was ecstatic. But a dear friend, who is privy to my day-to-day madness, asked me, “Do you have any energy left to participate in a … [Read more...]

How to write an excellent book review query

So, your book is finished and you need to get the word out. You've found some book reviewers who you'd like to email. You're hoping they'll accept a copy of your book for possible review.But here's where it can get kind of tricky. Those reviewers are busy, and more likely to say "yes" if you approach them in the right way.Here's how to do that: 1. Start with the … [Read more...]

10 public speaking tips for writers

Writers often work in solitude. But when it's time to do a reading or a book signing, or to give a presentation or speech, you're no longer in your own environment, and the nerves can really kick in! Do you dread public speaking? Here's how to alleviate anxiety when you find yourself in the spotlight.1. Don't depend upon electronic devices. Preparing your notes on a … [Read more...]

So You Want to Be a Writer?

Writing can be very rewarding, but both beginning and experienced writers sometimes have trouble getting motivated, staying inspired, finding the time, and continuing their work. Here are ten tips to jump start your writing - and keep it going.1. WriteActually write. It sounds simple, but for some people it is not. There are plenty of wannabes who claim to be writers … [Read more...]

The one thing an author should never, ever do.

I'm a reviewer. I hang out on message boards frequented by other reviewers. One popular topic on these message boards is that of authors who comment on reviews of their books.Almost all reviewers agree that authors shouldn't ever do it, and when it happens, someone often links to the site where it's going down, so we can all go over and see how badly everyone behaved. … [Read more...]

7 Examples of Constrained Writing

Constrained writing has drawn both glowing support and vehement opposition. Some claim it to be an evocative demonstration of the notion that less is more. Others see it as a cheap parlor trick that limits expression and creates a screen for hack writers to hide behind. In any case, it became a recognized literary movement (‘The Oulipo Movement’) in 1960s France, and has … [Read more...]

On writing poetry – how to write terrific poems

Here are some tips on learning about poetry, finding your unique voice, and writing terrific poems.Preparation & Inspiration for Writing Poetry Read as much contemporary poetry as you can. Those who read little poetry rarely succeed as poets. (Just as those who don't experience a wide variety of foods rarely succeed as chefs, and those with little experience running … [Read more...]