Thought of the Week
A beautiful writer can write about anything. A mediocre writer with a good idea rarely makes it off the ground. The best advice I can give you is to learn how to write (take classes, join writers groups, hire an editor) then write for publication. Everyone has a journey, but not everyone takes the time to learn how to write it well.
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I’m a very shy writer. I was near the end of “The Shy Writer Reborn” with almost every sentence underlined. The morning of the Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery, I had decided that I didn’t really need to go. I started reading your book, and I was convinced that I should go mingle with writers and mention my book to some editors. Not long after I got there, the head of Solomon & George Publishers told me to send her the book. They published “Second Cup,” and the next year I was a presenter at the Alabama Book Festival. Thank you so much for your time.
~Mary Adams Belk, https://www.facebook.com/maryadamsbelk
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-Kypris Aster Drake, M.S., M.A., www.KyprisAsterDrake.com
The FFW newsletter came today. I read it first–there are so many useful bits, top to bottom. No disappointments. Every edition of FFW gives me key questions for my career, elevating writing tools, new mentors, and great market targets. You’ve given this old guy some career smelling salts. People like you change ‘could’ to doing good.
-Bill Walles, Henderson NV
When I succumb to that bummed out feeling after having spent hours messing with yet another effort with measly rewards, I’m going to reread your wise words. I’m going to revisit your editorial, check out that great smile of yours, and get back to work. Thanks, Hope, for doing just that…renewing hope in myself and my instincts.
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The fact that you are producing your own fiction plus non-fiction books and FFW AND blogging, Facebooking and tweeting all those helpful links multiple times daily is nothing short of miraculous. I don’t know of any other writer doing the range of things you do, and doing it all so well! You are a true mentor and that’s invaluable to the rest of us.
I just wanted to say thank you for your faithfulness and dependability. You are more reliable than the Internet or cable t.v. or my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Thanks for much for your weekly newsletter and the high level of integrity that you maintain in keeping your commitments.
I look forward to Funds for Writers emails like I would a message from a friend. I love every bit of information you provide, every minute I spend reading the emails and all the pieces of wisdom you share as they are true gems, indeed. One week you posted “Retreat for the Writer’s Soul.” Something about it spoke to me, and, on a whim, I reached out. The experience was wonderful – a total retreat for my soul. Thank you, Hope, for being such a source of network and inspiration. You have changed my life!
-Amy Jones, womanaswolf.com
I work a minimum wage job and I don’t take on any unnecessary expenses. What a gift to try your services for free first– and what services! I’ve entered several contests, now, placed in some, and got some great feedback! I am just over the moon! Forgive the overuse of exclamation points… but I think you probably understand: Your site has made a huge difference for me, and I am ever so grateful. Thank you!
I always send people to my friend Hope. She’s like going to a train station for writers. Her knowledge can take you anywhere you want to go.
– Bob Perks, Author “I Wish You Enough” www.bobperks.com
C. Hope Clark is a lot of help when it comes to keeping it short. You follow her advice, and writing becomes, like, the most organic thing ever. It’s refreshing to get this newsletter every week and learn a little bit more about staying true to my craft.
– Kevin A.M. Lewis
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By C. Hope Clark – I come back from a conference with all sorts of fodder for editorials, sometimes for a great article to pitch a magazine. A lot of times too much material, but that’s part of what makes conferences energizing and rejuvenating. They provide spark. Like your teachers said in school, or should’ve […]