Lessons on Writing Dialogue from a Memoirist

My blog tour following the publication of Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road continues with a writing craft post of mine on the award-winning blog by K.M. Weiland, Helping Writers Become Authors. K.M.'s readership largely comprises fiction writers, so I kept that in mind in writing a piece about crafting dialogue in your stories. In my …

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Road to Publication: The Blog Tour Begins

Author tours rarely proved a profitable investment for book publishers, but I have to imagine there are moments of fun for the authors. Yes, travel has its nuisances--and I suppose I speak with some authority since I've written a travel memoir--but I do find myself inclined to put up with some of the hassle to …

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5 Blog Posts that Keep Readers Coming Back

One common misconception I find many of my Loft blogging students have is that they believe their blog is like a book written in real time, with each chapter building upon the last. I have to point out to them that unlike a memoir, where you read from beginning to end, with each post you …

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The Fundamentals of Middle-School Blogging

On what topics would an eighth grader blog? Anything and everything, I've learned. During an all-day creative writing workshop I conducted with about forty students at Henrico County Public Schools' Elko Middle School, I read student writings on everything from football to indie music, from wrestling to baking. I also read a powerful "open letter" …

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What To Expect from the Artist’s Road in 2014

Perhaps a 2014 resolution for me should be to gain readers in Africa and South America. I say that because among the dozens of responses to my survey requesting feedback on what to write about in 2014 were readers from the other four occupied continents. I also suppose the time of day I make posts …

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What Do You Want to See on The Artist’s Road?

Happy holidays, readers! I'm now about two months into my fourth year with The Artist's Road--it's true, I launched in October of 2010--and I must say the third was pretty fun. I was blessed to have two posts featured on WordPress' Freshly Pressed in 2013, and I brought to a conclusion my MFA Nugget series. Now …

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Two Steps to Being the Top Google Search Result

A headline like that is sure to draw traffic, right? I do actually list two steps to being the top Google search result below, but will then emphasize how what a blogger really wants is not a high click-through rate for a single post but a vibrant community of readers who keep coming back. But you …

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