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National Novel Writing Month is Nigh

By | October 27th, 2016|Writing|

It’s time to get yourself rested up for the full contact sport of NaNoWriMo, starting Tuesday, 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 [...]

Get Your Foot in the Door at Local Bookstores

By | October 21st, 2016|Book Publicity|

Photo Credit: Steven Whitsitt Congratulations! You will have a published book soon—now begins the fun challenge of getting folks to buy your book and perhaps make it a best-seller! How do you go about doing this? First of all, take a look at your author brand. Who is your target audience? What does [...]

Tending Body and Soul Through Art, The Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma, a Book Review

By | October 13th, 2016|Book Reviews|

Naomi Ardea’s The Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma: Tending Body and Soul Through Creativity, Nature, and Intuition is about reclaiming the inner child’s desire to play and cast off the weight and horror of past trauma and abuse. As Ms. Ardea so carefully writes, healing your trauma is a process and there’s no magic [...]

Get More When You Ask More

By | October 4th, 2016|Book Publicity, Uncategorized|

Do you ask for what you want or do you say, “Nah, that’s too much trouble and besides…they’ll say ‘no’ anyway.” WRONG. BAD ATTITUDE. Yes, it may cost you a little pride if you ask for something and the decision maker says “no,” but who cares? You bothered to ask and there’s a big chance [...]

Why I Love Editing

By | September 9th, 2016|Editor|

Mark Twain reads Alice's HEROES WITHOUT CAPES at the Book Bar in N Raleigh My name is Alice and I’m a born editor, AND a very picky reader. You’ll often find me at my editing home: the dining room table perched over my laptop frequently straightening out my posture, wearing my editing glasses—my [...]

The Power in Saying No

By | September 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|

This month has been crazy productive (aka busy) and I thought a good way to put it all in perspective was to make a blog post out of it. I was recently asked the question, “What is one piece of advice that you would give to your younger writer self?”   The answer:   When [...]

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 [...]