How To Choose a Writer’s Conference, Part I

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This weekend, I’m attending the Grub St. Muse & the Marketplace conference in Boston. It will be my first time at this particular conference, and I’m eager to check it out and see what it’s like. I’ll have a full report on Monday. One of the best ways to gain motivation and inspiration for your work can be to attend a writer’s conference. But with the plethora of conferences out there, how do you determine the best one for you? It can be tempting to just go to the one closest to you, or the one with the biggest “name” …

Try This: Freewriting

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I also coach students in grant writing, and I sometimes think they must hate me because when I review their work, I correct everything, including spelling and punctuation. I’m looking with an editor’s eye, as well as a proofreader’s. If they could see my freewriting material, they’d laugh. If in pen, it’s a nearly-illegible scrawl, with spellings only I could untangle. If on the computer, it’s a sea of red and green underlining – Microsoft Word helpfully pointing out all the things I’ll have to go back and fix. But that’s okay. Freewriting is a time to let loose on …

Friday Favorite: Writing Down the Bones

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Each Friday, I’ll be writing about one of my favorite resources for writing or creativity. If you have any to share, feel free to email me at jana(dot)vanderveer(at)gmail(dot)com or leave a comment. Today’s pick is Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg, an inspirational classic. My copy is bound together with her next book, Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life. The chapters of both books are short, and talk about the simple things: going deep, attending to detail, being honest. Sometimes there are stories of her life related to her practice of Zen Buddhism, and she …

Kicking Things Up a Notch

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I’ve been posting and Tweeting the idea of No Zero Days for a little while now, and in the spirit of that, and to kick up the activity at Set Your Muse on Fire a bit, I’m going to propose an increased weekly schedule that will help jump-start your inspiration (and mine). I’ll be posting roughly three times per week, on the following schedule: Monday – Writing Prompt of the Week: Something to get the creative juices flowing. Wednesday – Article of the week, on craft or creativity. Friday – Book, article or other “share” of the week. Feel free …

No Zero Days

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Recently, I was at my mother’s for her 8oth birthday. We had a lovely dinner out for her (despite the snow) and I stayed an extra few days to spend time with her and also get some stuff done there. I enjoy spending time with her, and our time is more precious because of her advancing years and failing health. However, when I go there, it often means everything else come to a screeching halt. It’s really hard to focus on anything else, especially writing. This time, I came committed to the concept of No Zero Days. I didn’t get …