by Annalisa Parent www.annalisaparent.com I have a writer’s notebook. No, I do. It’s just that I haven’t yet gotten in the good habit of having it with me—all. the. time. So, of course, inspiration strikes when I’m at the grocery store, or at work, or in the car; and random notes get jotted down on … [Read more…]
New article accepted to the Medium Publication I edit: Check out this amazing article written by Vermont writer David Weinstock. It’s humorous and on point. Got something to say about the writing process or the writing life? Have some great writing tips to offer? You’re in luck! I am currently seeking guest bloggers for the … [Read more…]
I am so delighted to have fantasy writer Barbara Alsop writing for the Medium Channel I edit. Please check out her article Are Writers’ Workshops Really Helpful? I am currently seeking guest bloggers to write about the writing process and the writing life. If you are interested in submitting, please send your pitch and writer’s … [Read more…]
Now, Williams wasn’t up there reading a list. She sprinkled her wisdom amongst well-crafted anecdotes that made me laugh and made tears roll down my cheeks. She is, after all, a gifted story teller. But as I sat among hundreds of fellow writers, we who agonize in immeasurable time for the one perfect word to … [Read more…]
I met this book by happening into it at the library, but soon realized I needed to purchase my own personal copy to have on hand at all times, as it’s an invaluable resource and one I will go back to again and again. (Not to mention my need to underline and make margin notes– … [Read more…]
Even though 15 minutes a day (my minimum) doesn’t seem like much, it keeps the momentum going and I often write for much more than that. I’ve noticed if I start skipping days the days can turn into weeks very quickly. So writing for at least 15 minutes a day is “massive action” for me … [Read more…]
By Annalisa Parent www.annalisaparent.com Writers’ conferences are wonderful opportunities to remember that, as writers, though we write alone, we are not alone. Last evening I was treated, without hyperbole, to the most beautiful author talk I have ever had the honor to experience. Terry Tempest Williams is one of the most genuine and present people I … [Read more…]
I wrote and produced sketches as the Copy Producer for Late Night Saturday. This is from a series I co-wrote called “The ODd Couple.” The Odd Couple was always doing something stupid. After they got their cat Mr. Pitters, which was an adventure unto itself, here’s what happens when they move across town with him. … [Read more…]
See my thoughts on organic hits on facebook pages from a recent interview with lonelybrand.com. (Read the full article here.) What tips do you have for promoting your work?
By Annalisa Parent www.annalisaparent.com In one of my writing lives, I write sassy columns about dating life. Today I’m here to sass about grammar. Every writer has her pet projects, her grammar or syntax particularities, and her pet peeves. For example, one of mine is agreement. How many of you would have written “Every writer has … [Read more…]
Come on out for this Creative Nonfiction Workshop I’ll be offering through the Burlington Writers’ Workshop. Sign Up in advance; space limited.
I teach a memoir class once a week in a continuing education program. Each week I give the participants a prompt. Oftentimes they will bring back what they’ve written over the week in response to the prompt. Some are better than others; here is one that yielded a lot of good writing and discussion. Where … [Read more…]
One of the great things about living in a digital world is the ability to communicate with a wide variety of people. I had the great honor of a recent online conversation with Alexander McCall Smith author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, The Sunday Philosophy Club, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is … [Read more…]
Writers hate a lot of –tion words–particularly procrastination and distraction. Procrastination isn’t my worst enemy; well, at least not as formidable a foe as distraction. Distraction is a shape-shifter: it takes many forms. Mostly, it takes the form of something that ends with .com, and is accompanied by its favorite –tion travel pal: justification. Chapter … [Read more…]
My goal for this year has been to finish all of the half-finished books on my nightstand before I start any new ones. It’s not that they’re horrible books and I’ve entirely lost interest (though I do feel guilty, for unexplained reasons, for not finishing a book—it feels like a failure or an unfinished project). … [Read more…]