Alice Osborn’s Blog

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How the Right Criticism Can Help You Grow

By | August 24th, 2016|Creativity|

I love teachers who kick my butt—means they care, right? That’s how you grow. I have teachers who are invested in my learning and aren’t lazy—it takes effort to give constructive criticism. Now that the Olympics have ended, I’m sure all the gold medal athletes had caring coaches who didn’t hold back when their charge [...]

4 Lessons from Star Wars

By | August 17th, 2016|Self Improvement|

It’s no secret I love Star Wars: you may already know that from my Star Wars comic book skirt, to my Boba Fett necklace, to my Boba Fett keychain, or me talking up the Star Wars mythology every chance I get. Star Wars is my world and it’s how I learned everything that’s important like [...]

How to Read Your Poetry Like a Rock Star

By | August 8th, 2016|Performing|

Have you ever considered reading a poem at an open mic or at a luncheon, formal occasion or at church—poetry creates meaning from a sometimes meaningless world. You can either recite the poem or read it. Poetry can also inspire others to act and to change their minds—don’t we all want more of this? But [...]

Happy 10th Birthday to Write from the Inside Out!

By | August 1st, 2016|Writing|

It’s my birthday—well, Write from the Inside Out’s birthday. Blow out the candles and I can cry if I want to! We’re 10 years old this month—can you believe it? Throughout this decade, my basic offerings haven’t much changed: editing, author mentoring and writing workshops. My first workshop in 2006 was a creative nonfiction class [...]

6 Ways to Value Yourself As a Writer

By | July 25th, 2016|Creativity|

You feel like an imposter. You hear voices telling you, “What makes you think you’re a writer? What makes you think you’re any good?” How do you combat these voices and be the rock star author millions will read? How do you value yourself so others value you? Read on!   I haven’t been hearing [...]

Don’t You Dare Double Space After a Period!

By | July 17th, 2016|Editor|

It’s time for my annual “Don’t Double Space After a Period” post. I love posting this blog again as a PSA (Public Service Announcement) for my current and future editing clients. While taking out double spaces from manuscripts is not a big deal anymore, you don’t need to do it at all! *** Scroll down [...]

Who Made Up These Rules Anyway?

By | July 11th, 2016|Self Improvement|

I grew up in a family that had a lot of rules, like you had to take your shoes off as soon as you walked in the door; place perishables (milk, cheese, ham) back in the fridge ASAP after you use them or you’d get ptomaine poisoning. I couldn’t figure out why my husband didn’t [...]

Get Out There! Be Patriotic and Visit a National Park in Your Own Backyard

By | July 8th, 2016|Book Reviews|

After reading Danny Bernstein’s Forests, Alligators, Battlefields: My Journey Through the National Parks of the South (or FAB, for short) you’ll want to get up from the couch, lace up those sneakers, grab a water bottle and hit a national park in your neighborhood. Yes, there are national parks all over the place and many [...]

How Do You Book a Book Signing?

By | June 27th, 2016|Book Publicity|

When you’re a self-published author you have to book your own signing gigs, much like independent musicians book theirs. Even small press authors have to book signing gigs because their press doesn't have the manpower to book for them. How do you go about doing this? And how do you even get folks to come [...]

Get Skills Like Napoleon Dynamite

By | June 21st, 2016|Branding, Creativity|

You remember the famous Napoleon Dynamite from 2014 cult movie: “I don’t even have any good skills. You know like nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills. Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills!”—Napoleon. Turns out Napoleon had a LOT of skills like milk tasting, drawing ligers (a cross between a tiger and [...]