I’m back!

After my stroke in late 2016 I frankly lost interest in my long-time love of writing. I had just published two books, a memoir and a novella which were available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and I was devastated when the first glowing reviews were deleted by Amazon. I never took a step to promote the books or improve keywords or even look at stats. I was in the depression I read is common after a stroke.

Let me make clear that though both my strokes (the first  in 2012) were not incapacitating, (thankfulness), both entailed hospital stays, multiple tests, a weakened right hand and leg, difficulty with speech and word recall, and most of all the keen recognition that the BIG ONE, statistics suggest, is coming.

Enough of the excuses. I’m now taking an online class on formatting and publishing e-books and working on a long neglected novel about a Navajo girl struggling to adjust to both her and Anglo culture.

More soon on the process and progress.

The Personal Rejection: Backhanded Compliment of Publishing

Many years ago I received my first rejection, from Reader’s Digest, with a long explanation of how I might make it more suitable for them. Disappointed, I showed the note to my teacher who had suggested the submission. “This is wonderful,” he said, and went on to tell me how rare a personal note is and how it says in essence to rewrite and submit again.

Three Reasons I Could Stop Writing Memoir But Won’t

My initial reluctance to writing my memoir are reflected by Ronit. I’d read too many whiny “poor me” illness or abuse-focused memoirs. I decided to focus as much as possible on the positive and relive the best parts.

BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog

zz ronitBy Ronit Feinglass Plank

I had been writing fiction and wanted to try nonfiction, so I began with personal essays. I didn’t think memoir was for me; in fact I was deliberately avoiding it. I didn’t see a reason to revisit the facts of my confusing childhood and thought memoir wouldn’t be as challenging as creating a world from scratch and putting characters in it. To tell my own story, the story I knew by heart, seemed almost too easy.

I could not have been more wrong. I was about to discover that looking at something you think you know pretty well with fresh eyes and trying to understand it in a new way is definitely not easy. I did try writing several personal essays but the history of how I grew up kept barging in, taking up more and more space. It seemed part of me really wanted to…

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19 Self-Editing Tips For Your Writing

A Writer's Path

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by Jacqui Murray

Now that I’ve published my first novel, To Hunt a Sub, I can say from experience that writing it and editing it took equally long periods of time (and marketing is just as involved). After finishing the final rough draft (yeah, sure) and before emailing it to an editor, I wanted it as clean possible. I searched through a wide collection of self-editing books like these:

The Novel Writer’s Toolkit by Bob Mayer

Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne

The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing by Evan Marshall

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Sunday Share: America is Great.

I wish all discouraged and disgusted and despairing Americans could read this and be uplifted and encouraged.


This Sunday Share comes from a blog I am new and unfamiliar with called An American Song but I liked what I read.  This author has written a book where he (she?) interviewed people all across America, average people, and wrote down their stories.  It sounds a lot like what I do here with Babu and although I haven’t read the book yet, I am looking forward to doing so.

This post, for me, hit on one of the things I find troubling with Trump’s slogan.  You know the one.  What exactly does he find not great?  Are they the same things that I see need fixing?  Does he appreciate what I see as wonderful?  This is a positive post and I felt it was something I, personally, needed to hear right now.

But Before I’d Let That Steam Drill Beat Me Down, I’d Die With a Hammer in My Hand

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How to Handle Rejection

I have a fine collection of rejections. I consider them a sign of accomplishment: I have written, I have made the effort to submit, I have learned. Some of my rejection are heartbreakingly encouraging, eg “”such a fine book should first be published as a hardback. Then we could obtain paperback rights.”

A Writer's Path


by Tonya R. Moore

Rejection bites. That’s the plain and simple truth.

You pour your heart into a story and revise the heck out of it. Then you submit/query and repeat until hopefully, someone finally thinks that you have something worth publishing.

Unless you’re some sort of literary genius whose work always gets accepted on the very first submission, it can become quite a discouraging process.

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Owning Your Writing Craft

Food for thought.

A Writer's Path

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by Tonya R. Moore

There’s all this hubbub floating around out there lately, conflicting theories of all the DOs and DON’Ts of what it takes to be or become a successful author.

Some time ago, I saw some Perpetual Writing Advice Giver actually tweet that if you’re a writer promoting your work and you don’t have this many (double digit) thousand followers on Twitter, you’re simply not trying hard enough. To add insult to offense, said party didn’t even have a half of that “strongly suggested” following.

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