NaNoWriMo is Coming

It’s time to get yourself rested up for the full contact sport of NaNoWriMo, starting November 1st. National Novel Writing Month (called NaNoWriMo for short) is where 200,000 writers around the world hash out a 50,000 word novel from Nov 1st to Nov 30th. November is also the month of National Blog Posting Month and…

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Everything Was Fine Until You Showed Up

“Everything was fine until you showed up,” says UNC-Wilmington creative writing professor Philip Gerard when talking about how to start your memoir.   Who is this “you”? It could be a death or a birth, but most times it is a death. And the death doesn’t have to be physical—think about loss of innocence, retirement,…

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New Octavia E. Butler Stories Unearthed

The world lost author Octavia E. Butler too soon in February 2006. My favorite author, I was just beginning to discover her thanks to my African-American literature class in grad school. Butler was only 58 and had many more years left to share her vision of afrofuturism, race, power and gender with her readers around…

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Authors: Read This Before You Visit a Book Club

You’re an author who’s accepted an invitation to appear before a book club—now what? Connecting with your readers through book clubs is a smart marketing strategy. Not only are you going to sell some books, you’re also strengthening reader loyalty while you’re playing the long game in terms of attracting raving fans for your next…

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The Amalgamist by Cristel Orrand, A Book Review

Thank you so much, Laura Azzi, a fine artist/teacher and novelist, for your book review this week: The Amalgamist by Cristel Orrand of Raleigh, North Carolina. Laura also lives in Raleigh and is extremely active in the Wonderland Book Club, a monthly gathering of the NC Writers’ Network Wake County members.   And now to Laura’s review of…

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5 Things I Learned from the Dream It Do It Women’s Writing Retreat

Today we welcome back fine artist/teacher and novelist Laura Azzi to Write from the Inside Out. Laura lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is extremely active in the Wonderland Book Club, a monthly gathering of the NC Writers’ Network Wake County members. Laura was one of my 10 Dream It Do Women’s Writing Retreat participants and…

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5 Blunders of a First-Time Author

No one is born knowing how to write, publish and market a novel–it’s a huge undertaking that can be very scary. After publication, your baby is now out in the world for everyone to judge your creativity and your missteps. Ouch! In my experience many would-be authors shrink at the thought of publishing and give…

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The Dry Grass of August by A.J. Mayhew Book Review

Today we welcome back fine artist/teacher and novelist Laura Azzi to Write from the Inside Out. Laura lives in Raleigh, NC, and is extremely active in the Wonderland Book Club, a monthly gathering of the NC Writers’ Network Wake County members. While I’m off hosting my second annual Dream It, Do It Women’s Writing Retreat this…

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Alice’s Secrets to Success

Alice’s Secrets to Success

It’s my birthday—well, Write from the Inside Out’s birthday. Blow out the candles! We’re 8 years old this month—can you believe it? Throughout the years, my basic offerings haven’t much changed: editing, author mentoring and writing workshops. My first workshop in 2006 was a creative nonfiction class at Edible Art next to the Royal Bean…

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