By Annalisa Parent www.annalisaparent.com The rules of writing are nothing like the rules of real life. In real life we censor ourselves, leave out the gory or embarrassing or overly personal details of the stories we tell about our daily lives. In writing, we have to be so brutally honest about the human emotional reality … [Read more…]
I am really excited that after yesterday’s success of my first guest blog post with Singles Warehouse (London) that they have asked me to have a regular feature on their site. Didn’t get a chance to read the article? Click this photo:
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?
Sadly, the four-week memoir writing workshop I offered at a continuing education program came to a close last evening. The participants and I were having such a great time together, they asked to extend the class another four weeks! It was an honor to be a part of a great group of people and to hear their writing … [Read more…]
I am so excited to have teamed up with Zach Despart at Thread Magazine. I will be covering the Burlington Writers’ Workshop “The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2014” Book Launch Party this Friday for publication next week.
By Annalisa Parent www.annalisaparent.com In one of the chapters of my life, I lived in Paris. My French boyfriend, like most twenty-year-old men, was an aspiring rock musician. I recall one day working with him on song writing; I was encouraging him to write the music to sound like the feeling of the lyrics he’d written. … [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…]
Today is a big day! My article on soul mates was featured by TheNeeds.com. And my article “Digging yourself out of a writing slump” was featured by Author Katherine Lowry Logan on her website. http://www.katherinelowrylogan.com/ I am so excited to have my writing “discovered” and featured. Thank you, fellow writers!
I just received a notification that TheNeeds.com is featuring my series on soul mates! Thank you, TheNeeds.com
I wrote and produced sketches as the Copy Producer for Late Night Saturday. Here is the Odd Couple doing something stupid, when they go to a friend’s wedding. Watch what happens next… (Click the picture to view video…)
Unslumping yourself by just daring to write something Some days I feel inspirationless—or worse, I feel discouraged—that my writing isn’t good enough, or I haven’t got anything to say, or that no one wants to read what I write. And, well, that feels awful. But I’ve found that the way through it is writing. It’s … [Read more…]
Ok, full confession time. There’s only so long I can sit with my butt attached to that chair writing. So every 15 minutes or so, I give myself a dance break. I put on one song, loud!, and dance like a fool around my office. Wow, that’s embarrassing! Umm, yeah, that is me in the photo! … [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…]
I’ve been working on getting my writing out there in front of the right people for a while. Today I got the email every author dreams of: “I’d absolutely love to have you write an article for our site , exposing our customers and readers to you and your brand.” Of course, I am going … [Read more…]
In my other (non-writing) life, I am a photographer. In the early years of my training, a wise, experienced photographer said “The key to my success is taking lots of pictures, because you generally throw away at least half,” or something like that. And it is true, in photography, that photos are rejected because someone … [Read more…]
William Carlos Williams is one of my favorite poets. I appreciate his ability to convey sophisticated ideas in so few words. Here is a poem I wrote for fun, modeled after Williams’ “This is Just to Say.” I wrote this after a month-long research trip in France, where the food was decadent and delicious, and … [Read more…]