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Featured Book of the Month

Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman's Guide to Igniting the Writer Within
by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
262 pp

Is your daily schedule packed with tasks and responsibilities? Does finding "writing time" seem like an elusive dream that you'll never be able to grasp? If so, then you'll love Pen on Fire. Throughout the book, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett shows writers how to maximize their productivity by using 15-minute "time chunks." (It's amazing how much you CAN accomplish in this small amount of time.) Whether you're a novice or a seasoned pro, DeMarco-Barrett's wisdomalong with anecdotes from other writerswill get you thinking, and more importantly, writing.  Each chapter of this inspiring book concludes with thought-provoking exercises, guaranteed to set your Pen on Fire!

Talent seems to be inverse to confidence. Some of the most talented writers I know are reluctant to send out their work, so convinced are they that no one will ever publish it. Not even threats of withholding coffee or chocolate, or being condemned to write in longhand forever, can get them to print out a copy of their story, stuff it in an envelope with a self-addressed stamped envelope, and mail it off.

I encourage my students to resist negativity at all cost. In my university classes, I write on the board: NO DISCLAIMERS. I hammer it into all my students: You must shut out all the negative voices that say you'll never write as well as you hope, that you are just no good and why bother. You must hang a mental partition between you and your internal censor, the nag, the critic who says your writing stinks and the editor who points out every little, and not-so-little glitch.

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Table of Contents:


Before You Begin
Writing Like There's No Tomorrow
Late Bloomers
Hang a Partition

Getting Started
Stolen Moments
Freewriting Shall Set You Free
Load the Basket, Fill the Jug
Harvesting Words
First Lines
Create a Written Snapshot
Through a Child's Eyes and Ears
Making Lists
Start Small
Regarding Research

Tools & Rituals
Leave Your Shoes at the Door
Writers' Utensils
Where Writers Work
Walk! Refresh! Have Fun!
Motel Motivation
Napkins, Notebooks, and Journals
Teaching Your Pen to Listen
Writers Groups

Mining Your Life
Expose Yourself
Celebrate Your Otherness
Using the Ones You Love
Breaking the Chains
Words Can Be So Powerful
Life Imitating Art
Beads of Sweat...or Pleasure

Plot or Not
Creating Tension
Voice and Style
Play to Your Strength
Point of View
Titles: The Port of Entry
Character Building
Compassion 101
Say What? Writing Dialogue
Set the Stage
Poetry: The Beautiful Stepchild
Obsessed with Detail
You Are What You Read

Overcoming the Obstacles
The Black Hole: TV
Fickle Minds
Green with Envy
Trusting Fear
Keep Your Lips Sealed
Significant Others

Living the Life
Marketplace Madness
Literary Agents
Set Your Pen on Fire

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