Living a Creative Double Life

I am in an intimate relationship with two different muses. I never allow them to meet. What do I mean by that? I'm referring to the two worlds in which I apply creative thinking as well as my writing experience and training. Readers of The Artist's Road know me as the recent MFA graduate who …

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What the Heck Should I Call Myself, Anyway?

Today I'm honored to have as a guest blogger Annie Neugebauer, who has authored short stories, novels, and award-winning poetry. She shares with her blog readers wisdom, thoughtfulness, and more than a bit of whimsy. Enjoy! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Aspiring. Writer. Author. Indie. Poet. Literary. Commercial. Vanity press. Award-winning. If you’re in the book industry, you probably …

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Lit Journal Nugget: Ep;phany

Awhile back I had an epiphany; as I studied literary journals I would run reviews on this site. I then had a further epiphany; I would invite readers to submit their own. I'm pleased to feature the first guest post in the Lit Journal Nugget series, a review of Ep;phany by Jennifer (Jenna) McGuiggan, a great …

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Who Has Your Creativity Sold Out?

Is your creativity selling out someone in your life? Joan Didion famously wrote that "writers are always selling somebody out." Songwriters, painters, novelists and other creatives channel their life experiences when producing their art. Take my post on Tuesday, in which I passed along advice I heard at a recent writer's conference about building a …

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Say ‘Hi’ for Me

It's August in D.C., which means nearly everyone who lives and works here is elsewhere. I'm spending some quality time with my family right now and this blog will be silent for a few days, but below are links to some blogs I enjoy whose authors appear to be continuing to post during the summer …

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6 Steps to a Winning Writing Workshop

When you're just starting to share your work as a creative writer, you hear people say they've been "workshopped." When, you might ask, did the word workshop become a verb? It sounds painful, like you've been bent over a sawhorse and violated with a jigsaw. When done right a workshop is far more pleasant than …

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Literary Agent = Book Contract?

Literary agents only get paid when a publisher writes a check. So that suggests if an agent signs with you, she must believe she can sell your manuscript. Believing isn't always enough. In perusing Alexis Grant's latest Writer's Round-Up I came across a blog post from literary agent Rachelle Gardner titled "Difficult Conversations II: I …

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