EVENT: Newburyport Literary Festival 2015

An amazing local event the Newburyport Literary Festival 2015 kicks-off Friday, April 24th with opening ceremony conversation between Michael Blanding, bestselling author of The Map Thief, and Boston-based investigative journalist Dyke Hendrickson, followed by dinner with the authors. While the dinner cost 50.00, the event is free. Crazy I know, but what an accomplishment by the festival organizers!

Saturday, April 25th begins with an informal breakfast and conversation with poets at 8:30 am, and closes at 7 pm, this year honoring Jean Doyle, teacher, historian, and author. What comes between those two is no less than 50 scheduled events.

The plethora of writers across genre, and forms is quite astounding. See the full schedule here. I don’t know how I’m going to chose from the many talented, interesting and compelling authors.

If you’ve never been to this event, here’s what happens. First marvel at the schedule. Choose your favorites though have back up choices as some events fill quickly and occasionally there has been a cancellation. Set out for the venue which is, for most people, an easy stroll around the town. They are held in bookstores, the arts center, many churches, the library, and The Firehouse Center. It is busy but pleasantly so. Even a rainy day doesn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd. Go sit, listen, ask questions, engage with your seat mates. Talk to everybody and anybody they are all there for the same reason you are-their love of literature, reading, writing and authors.

One of my favorite events and always impressive is Annual Youth Poetry Slam happening at 2:30 at the Greek Orthodox Church. If you’re looking for me, you can catch-up with me there.

I hope everyone can attend, you needn’t be there for the whole day. There’s no check-ins, or tickets (except the dinner) no pressure, it’s just an enjoyable day spent immersed in the writer’s world.

Afterwards: Did you love it? Please consider a donation to support this exceptionally well run and captivating event.

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Wednesday Woo: Same Bat-Time, Same Bat-Channel

Woot! Wednesday Woo is back for 2015!

I considered changing the title and focusing on something other than linking to information I find helpful or interesting, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
A reminder of the topics cover in 2014: Research, Criticism, Advice From Writers, Process, Resistance, Structure, Book Covers, Professionals, Procrastination, The End?, Beta Readers, Success, Business of Writing, More Business of Being a Writer, Plotting, Writing Communities, Writing Communities-Online, Music to Write By. I’ll start this year off with a few questions.What can I do to help you? Is there a topic you’d like to suggest for the Wednesday Woo? Is there a topic I already covered that you’d like to see expanded on?I personally would like to find out more about the editing process, so look for that post soon.

Wednesday Woo: Music to Write By

Hi Gang, Just a short post today since my daughter is leaving for college tomorrow-weeping shall commence at any moment.

If you are a writer who needs or likes music to write to here are a few links that might be of interests.

http://blogs.plos.org/neurotribes/2012/11/15/music-to-write-by-10-top-authors-share-their-secrets-for-summoning-the-muse/

http://musicforwriters.tumblr.com/

http://8tracks.com/explore/writing_inspiration

Wednesday Woo: Supporting Writers

Setting goals during our Sunday PICR meeting has become a ritual, as has the results–not many of us actually meet them. I fear we, okay I, don’t take them very seriously or in the least not seriously enough. I don’t think we are being unrealistic in our expectations but rather we don’t value our writing as much as we should.

This week George suggested we give him a shout out to make sure he’s on target to reach his writing goals. I like that, it’s proactive. So here you go–get it done George! Times a-wasting.

This conversation got me thinking to November when we ask our loved ones to give us some extra consideration and slack while we try to pound out 50 thousand words in 30 days. And while that is a time-consuming endeavor whose pace we can’t keep up with every month, why do we not afford ourselves the time and focus to write on a more daily basis the other eleven months of the year?

I think we can ask more of ourselves and of our support system, and we should do so in order to protect the very precious writer in us that needs nurturing because no one else is going to do it for us.

What specifically keeps you from writing? I, for one, get distracted by the world-wide web and all its glorious information which I justify reading as “research”. Yeah, I’m sure that video of the baby seal playing with the surfers is going to come up in my opus on marriage. That, and I’m a television junkie. Obviously, I need to unplug, but as many of you know I have Dysgraphia and can’t write with out my laptop. I guess one option is to shut off my wifi connection and not allow myself to wander the byways of Procrasti-nation.

There’s my goal. Shut off the wifi every time I sit down to write.

As for other ways you can be and ask for support, see if you can utilize any of these.

http://litreactor.com/columns/8-ways-to-support-the-writers-in-your-life

http://www.alanrinzler.com/blog/2014/06/11/how-authors-support-their-writing-dreams/

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2011/11/09/when-in-doubt-just-say-fuck-em/

Maybe you harbor anxiety about your writing? I know I hold back and don’t finish projects to avoid dealing with the next step. This one is more about creativity and nurturing yourself. Eric Maisel is a creativity coach, one of many hats he wears.

http://podcasts.personallifemedia.com/podcasts/227-joy-of-living-creatively

Wednesday Woo: Writing Communities

One of the many reasons our WriNoShores have continued to get together is the sense of community it gives us. Writing can be a rather lonely endeavor, even when we have the support of friends and family. No one else quite gets the struggle, the joy, and the sorrow of pursuing writing, whether as a hobby or profession.

The thing about these communities is that no one single group fulfills all of your social, emotional or intellectual needs. This necessitates membership is varying types of collectives, be they specific to genre, region, gender, or temperament. They can be serious or lighthearted, concentrated on the craft of writing or the business of publishing. You may outgrow some or redevelop ones you’ve joined years ago, maybe discover new groups that challenge you.

Finding the ones you need that will fulfill where you are in the process can be overwhelming. Here is the beginning of what will be an ongoing resource of communities.

Regional

http://www.nswg.net/

North Shore Writers Group is based in Salem, Massachusetts, but we welcome all writers living on the North Shore — and beyond, if you don’t mind driving! NSWG nurtures writers at all levels by providing supportive feedback and information to help our members grow as writers. Our members are published, multi-published, and not-yet-published, and work in fiction and non-fiction.

http://www.neowa.org/

The New England Outdoor Writers Association is a group of New England-based professional outdoor communicators dedicated to promoting and supporting conservation, natural resources and our outdoor heritage. Membership benefits include a quarterly newsletter, membership directory, conferences and events, writing and photo competitions and craft improvement opportunities.

http://capecodwriterscenter.org/

The mission of the Cape Cod Writers Center is to assist published and aspiring writers of all genres, abilities and ages to develop their writing skills and learn the business of editing, publishing and publicizing; to publicize authors and their works; to provide opportunities for writers to congregate for inspiration, education, and networking; and to introduce readers to authors and their work.

https://www.grubstreet.org/

All writers need insightful readers, inspiration, support, and honest feedback. That’s what GrubStreet provides, in a supportive and thriving community. We offer over six hundred classes and events a year for writers of all genres and ambitions—from first-time poets or fledgling memoirists to MFA graduates and published novelists.

http://www.nhwritersproject.org/

The New Hampshire Writers’ Project (NHWP) supports the development of individual writers and encourages an audience for literature in our state. We are a nonprofit literary arts organization funded by its members as well as organizations and businesses who believe in supporting our region’s writers and literary heritage.

http://www.strawdogwriters.org/

A collaborative open to writers, writing group facilitators, readers, editors, booksellers, publishers and other organizations serving writers, Straw Dog Writers Guild is a vibrant network of resources for the writing community (in the four counties of Western Massachusetts – Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire).

http://www.amherstwriters.com/

AWA is an international community of writing workshop leaders committed to the belief that a writer is someone who writes and that every writer has a unique voice. AWA trains writers to become workshop leaders so that they affirm that commitment in every AWA workshop, with novice writers who have been led to believe they have no voice and with experienced writers who want to hone their craft.

http://www.writersroomofboston.com/

The Writers’ Room of Boston is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the creation of new literature by providing a secure, affordable work space and an engaged community to emerging and established writers in downtown Boston.  The Room provides 10 private carrels, each of which is furnished with a desk, chair, lamp, power strip, and bookcase.

http://nescbwicritiques.blogspot.com/p/massachusetts-critique-groups.html

Members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators who live in New England can use this blog to find open critique groups.

 

 

 

Wednesday Woo: Recent News in Publishing

There were several interesting news item involving the publishing industry I though would be of interests. Here they are…

Jack White Founds Publishing Company

Free Access to New Yorker this Summer

Best Selling Author Pen Letter to Amazon  also  Why Amazon Terrifies Publishers

Librerio Launches New ebook Publishing Platform

 

What to you all think about this?

Amazon Isn’t Killing Writing, The Market Is

 

Wednesday Woo: More on The Business of Being a Writer

I randomly collecting resources I think will make good posts. These recent ones all lend themselves to continuing the conversation on the business of being a writer.

This radio show from Design Sponge’s After the Jump talks about Being Your Brand. As writers I thought you could relate.

Another good site for information on covers, formatting, the business of publishing, etc, on David Gaughran Let’s Get Visible

Serious platform building and marketing strategies from Peter Winick at Thought Leadership Leverage

And last but not least one of my favorite resources Jane Friedman’s interview with Joanna Penn, Being an Author and Running a Business as an Author

Also from Jane Authors and Taxes

 

Wednesday Woo: The Plot Thickens

To plot or not to plot, that is the question.

Not really. You need a plot.

What is a plot you ask?

Nathan Bransford does a good job giving a brief explanation. Do You Have a Plot?

and then there’s this,

25 Ways to Plot, Plan, and Prep Your Story by the adored, but NSFW Chuck Wendig

Need to know if you’re overdoing your plotting?

Janice Hardy’s Fiction University is a wealth of helpful tips such as Too Much of a Good Thing: Over Plotting Your Novel

There are many methods you can utilize to help you plot.

Index Cards

Snowflake Method

Joanna Penn’s Mindmapping

or

Sara Toole Miller’s Mindmapping

Novel Outlining 101

Character Driven Plotting

Adding Subplots

 

Wednesday Woo: Continuing Education

Oops. Been a bit crazy here and I forgot to finish Wednesday’s post this week. Up next week will be plotting.  Belatedly–here’s a lazy ass way to give you a bunch of links at once.

If you are a blogger Jon Morrow’s site is essential reading. Boost Blog Traffic

This post is about educating yourself continuously on the craft of writing, 9 Essential Books for Writers.

 

 

Dorothy Cora Moore today, author of Writing Made Easy: How to Develop a Tight Plot & Memorable Characters. Dorothy is both a novelist and screenwriter, – See more at: http://writershelpingwriters.net/2014/05/michael-crichtons-method-plotting-story/#sthash.HH9Y5X87.dpuf
Dorothy Cora Moore today, author of Writing Made Easy: How to Develop a Tight Plot & Memorable Characters. Dorothy is both a novelist and screenwriter, – See more at: http://writershelpingwriters.net/2014/05/michael-crichtons-method-plotting-story/#sthash.HH9Y5X87.dpuf
Dorothy Cora Moore today, author of Writing Made Easy: How to Develop a Tight Plot & Memorable Characters. Dorothy is both a novelist and screenwriter, – See more at: http://writershelpingwriters.net/2014/05/michael-crichtons-method-plotting-story/#sthash.HH9Y5X87.dpuf

Dorothy Cora Moore today, author of Writing Made Easy: How to Develop a Tight Plot & Memorable Characters. Dorothy is both a novelist and screenwriter, – See more at: http://writershelpingwriters.net/2014/05/michael-crichtons-method-plotting-story/#sthash.HH9Y5X87.dpuf
Dorothy Cora Moore today, author of Writing Made Easy: How to Develop a Tight Plot & Memorable Characters. Dorothy is both a novelist and screenwriter, – See more at: http://writershelpingwriters.net/2014/05/michael-crichtons-method-plotting-story/#sthash.HH9Y5X87.dpuf

Wednesday Woo: The Business of Being a Writer

This weeks topic, The Business of Being a Writer, was inspired by questions from Satin at our Plum Island Coffee Roasters Sunday Writer’s meeting. She asked about what type of taxes writes pay and general questions about being a sole proprietor. Sounds like a good Wednesday Woo topic, thanks Satin!

This is a basic overview of being a sole proprietor. It explains self-employment taxes, the rules regarding whether your writing is a professional pursuit or merely a hobby. Also, what types of information to keep track of, expenses, and deductions.

Tax Advise for Writers

Kristen Lamb is one of my favorite writer resources. She is a social media expert who can help you build your brand and platform. A visionary community builder, she has many post that will serve you well as professional writer. Explore her site, but in particular these posts…

Death and Taxes: A Writer’s Guide to Keeping More of What You Make

Authors of the Digital Age-What it Takes to Be a Real Author CEO

Warrior Writer-Formula for Disaster Meets the Recipe for Success (part I)

 

I hope someday one of us is in the position to consider if they need to establish a LLC or S-Corporation.

Tax Tips for Authors: LLC or S-Corporation

Should Authors and Illustrators Form and LLC  (And Other Business Questions)?

Well, that should get started thinking about whether or not you are a professional writer or a hobbiest. I’ll remind you that neither is a question of quality regarding your writing, but of time and expense according to the tax code.

Questions?