Thought of the Week
You have to try and fail enough times to understand when you need to toss the story. Many writers, doesn’t matter what type of writer, think they cannot throw away material. Other writers throw away material too soon, thinking they’re never good enough. The knack is to weather a story long enough to understand it. Only then can you decide if you like it well enough to continue the relationship. It’s like friends, co-workers, and romantic relations. Someone you never thought you’d like can become close. Someone you thought you loved can fade in interest. But the painful part is that you have to endure both cases long enough to recognize their worth, one way or the other.
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The fact that you are producing your own fiction plus non-fiction books and FFW (in three different versions) 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.
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- Michelle Vachon
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!
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- 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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June 2013 interview with C. Hope Clark by writer Dana Sitar. Enjoy!
By C. Hope Clark- I’ve shifted in how I talk to writers who contact me, asking for my advice on their particular journeys. Before I guide them on agents, contests, grants and the general “how can I start earning a living at this” questions, I ask: “What are you trying to do with your writing? […]
By C. Hope Clark- I swear…emails from readers are the best catalysts for editorials and lessons. They make me think, and they give me ideas for stories, for solutions, for hints on how to help other writers. It’s been a while since I’ve talked SHY WRITER. As many of you know, I wrote THE SHY […]
By Michael Loyd Gray- When I began writing my new novel about Amelia Earhart’s last days, The Canary, I knew it had to start with her as a castaway on a lonely Pacific island. But with her navigator, Fred Noonan, already dead, there was a decidedly small cast of characters. Having Amelia talk to herself […]
By Lyn Fairchild Hawks- Why do I love C. Hope Clark’s protagonist Carolina Slade? She’s relentless in the pursuit of truth. She steps around those who say “no.” She’s a maverick tuned straight into reality — a heroine with her feet in clay, not ether. Writers need this persistence. We shrug off rejection, doubt, and […]
By Donna R. Dolan- First of all, it is possible. Ernest Hemingway and William Kennedy moved from journalism; Sue Monk Kidd from memoir; and C. S. Lewis from essays and treatises. Sue Monk Kidd states that the most frequently-asked question on her book tours is, “How did you go from nonfiction to fiction?” Here are […]
By Tom Ewer- I never really aspired to be a writer. Writing was something I used to refer to as a “secondary skill.” I used it in my previous job (as a property manager) like most other people do: to write emails and letters. I never thought I could make a living out of it. […]
By Jennifer Brown Banks- When I began blogging in 2009, I never thought it would become an important income stream that would greatly enhance my writing business. Like most “serious” writers, I saw blogging simply as a means to an end. It was an avenue to build a platform and interest potential publishers and agents […]
By Pinar Tarhan- If you want to start a career as a freelance writer, you have two options: You can quit your day job, dedicating yourself to writing full time. Or you can build your portfolio slowly, while keeping that office job. Or so I thought. It didn’t occur to me there was a third […]