Tag Archives: Love Your Art

Filling Up That Uninspired Empty Feeling

  Feeling empty as an artist? When people say that you need to fill up, they are tapping into a well-loved metaphor about the artist. The artist, we’re going to assume, has a lot to say. They have emotions and connections, stories and accounts, worldviews and interpretations,  images and sentences. An artist pours out their … Continue reading Filling Up That Uninspired Empty Feeling

Are You An Ethical Author? Take This Quiz!

Why in the world would authors need to be ethical? Don’t they make up stuff for a living? Are you one of those writers that does whatever it takes to get a sale? Are you the kind that responds publicly to a bad review? Do you manipulate your public numbers to look better than you really are? … Continue reading Are You An Ethical Author? Take This Quiz!

Top 10 Ways To Improve Your Writing

You want to improve your writing? It’s oh, so easy and oh, so hard. I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that if you are reading this blog then you are a writer. Even if you don’t think you can call yourself that, you probably have aspirations for literary greatness, fame, or fortune. … Continue reading Top 10 Ways To Improve Your Writing

10 Ways To Make Your Words More Beautiful

April is National Poetry Month. Today I celebrate beautiful words. Regardless of tastes, preferences or trends, I believe the beautiful calls to us. There is something inside of us that longs for symmetry, for rhythm, for thoughtful curves. Often we can appreciate delicate images that spurn our emotions, that bring out in us the good and … Continue reading 10 Ways To Make Your Words More Beautiful

Top 10 Ways To Respect Your Art As A Writer by Katharine Grubb

Thank you, Internet!  Because of you, I have to do so little work to expose myself and my family to the works of the world’s greatest artists. Gone are the days when we have to pay for parking at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Now, all we have to do is click the mouse a … Continue reading Top 10 Ways To Respect Your Art As A Writer by Katharine Grubb

What’s Wrong With Art? (A Complaint by Author Katharine Grubb) for #MondayBlogs

Art! Hey, ART! What is wrong with you?  From someone on the outside, you  like something simple. And yet the closer I get to you, the more complicated you are. You’re like a first love, you’re like adolescence, you’re like a cat. I’d like to think that my art comes from  words. I’d like to … Continue reading What’s Wrong With Art? (A Complaint by Author Katharine Grubb) for #MondayBlogs

Beauty, Truth, and the Power to Transcend: A Guest Post by Carolyn Astfalk

  Sometimes we recognize beauty on sight. Where beauty exists in the natural world, it’s often easily discernible. Other times, we have to dig to see the beauty or observe from a different perspective to grasp its intricacy or totality. Whether we readily recognize beauty or not, its creation isn’t a slapdash affair. It can … Continue reading Beauty, Truth, and the Power to Transcend: A Guest Post by Carolyn Astfalk

Top 10 Signs You Aren’t Ready To Market Your Book

    For the last two-ish years, I’ve had books to sell. I’ve learned a lot about, but certainly not everything, about marketing. I’ve made plenty of mistakes. I think a good marketing author is always prepared to talk about their books, but timing is everything. You may not be ready to market. These are … Continue reading Top 10 Signs You Aren’t Ready To Market Your Book

Polishing Your Beach Rocks: All Beautiful Words Start Out Plain — A Guest Post By Christine Hennebury

‘Comparison is the thief of joy.’ – Theodore Roosevelt Have you ever read someone else’s work and been struck by the sheer beauty of their words? Did you then turn to your own work in despair because it could never match what the other writer had produced? Did the comparison take the joy out of … Continue reading Polishing Your Beach Rocks: All Beautiful Words Start Out Plain — A Guest Post By Christine Hennebury

How The “There Are No Rules” Rule Can Set You Up For Failure & Mockery

I’m not sure who started the “there are no rules in writing” rule. It certainly wasn’t an English teacher. There ARE rules. Rules for grammar, spelling and punctuation bring order and dignity to our language. There are also rules for storytelling, rules for submissions, rules of common sense, rules of general communication that YOU MUST … Continue reading How The “There Are No Rules” Rule Can Set You Up For Failure & Mockery

Why You Need To Practice Writing Long Before You Publish

It’s really too bad that we don’t have a Quality Control Department for the written word. And Amazon Reviews, sadly, aren’t enough.  Writing is cheap — anyone can type out a sentence — and because of this cheapness, many people may not think that it’s worth much. Anyone and their dog can publish a book, … Continue reading Why You Need To Practice Writing Long Before You Publish

How Do You Discover Your Writing Voice? A Guest Post By Ally Bishop

How do you discover your writing voice? Sounds like a crazy question, especially if you’ve been writing for some time. But I recently worked with an incredibly talented writer who hadn’t quite nailed down her voice, and when she asked what I meant when I said as much, I realized that it’s something that we … Continue reading How Do You Discover Your Writing Voice? A Guest Post By Ally Bishop

How Thinking Like A Sculptor Can Help You Write Your Novels 

  When I was a new writer, I had a lot of misconceptions of how writers wrote.   I had a mental image of a writer sitting in front of a typewriter with a stack of blank paper next to them. I thought that was how all writers worked. I thought that the first sentence … Continue reading How Thinking Like A Sculptor Can Help You Write Your Novels 

Six Great Ways To Love Your Readers

Admittedly, I’m new at this whole author gig. In the last two years , I’ve self-published a romantic comedy, signed a contract for a non-fiction book and started a Facebook group for 10 Minute Novelists. It’s only been in the last two year that I have readers! There are people who have read my book, liked it … Continue reading Six Great Ways To Love Your Readers