"Being a writer means taking the leap from listening to saying, 'Listen to me.'" Jhumpa Lahiri
A Writing Tool
Before and After the Book Deal, by Courtney Maum, is hot off the presses having just been published in 2020. Every writer should have this on their shelf as a reference guide. As the title suggest, it covers just about everything, from setting writer goals, to what should be in an author biography, to dealing with both the success and disappointment that comes with having your book in the world. While it is a necessary reference, it is also a great read cover-to-cover, with a wide range of wisdom from writers, agents, and publishers.
When the cursor is blinking in front of you and no words are coming, try researching something in your novel. Learn something new about a scene's location (town, restaurant, room – anything will work) or anything else you need to nail down. The internet is a great place for this. Set a timer for 15 minutes so you don’t end up losing hours down the internet rabbit hole. Often one new detail can get a writer unstuck.
There's a Story Here: The cliffs of Cuenca, Spain, 2017
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