Tag Archives: writing

A Remarkable Kindness Book Tour And Finishing that First Novel

We have lots of news to report as A REMARKABLE KINDNESS hit the stores and online booksellers on August 11. I am posting my blog tour below where bloggers write about the book and even offer recipes to go with … Continue reading

Posted in A Remarkable Kindness | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Writers, Don’t Give Up. Come to Think of it, This Applies to Everyone.

No matter how long it takes, no matter how many computers you break, feel like you’re not going to make it, that you’re a fake, that your writing is a mistake, and you want to go jump in a lake, … Continue reading

Posted in A Remarkable Kindness, being a hero in your own life | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Sell Your Novel. First Write An Exthrillerating One. Here are 8 Important Tips and Exercises.

Yay! It’s less than one month away: the HarperCollins release of my novel, A Remarkable Kindness. I sold my novel and I believe that if it can happen to me, it can happen to you. What follows are some tips … Continue reading

Posted in A Remarkable Kindness, how to write, Writers | Tagged , | 4 Comments

Author Michelle Brafman: On Her First Novel, Washing the Dead, and the Tahara Ritual

I’m delighted to welcome Michelle Brafman, who’s just published her first novel, Washing the Dead (Prospect Park Books). Talk about serendipity. I am not the only one writing about a hevra kadisha (a burial circle) right now. In Washing the … Continue reading

Posted in how to write | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

For Writers: What’s the Best Way to Respond to Criticism? Take it.

I read an article in The New York Times about Julie Straus-Gabel, the publisher of Dutton children’s books. When she is editing books, she sends writers—including John Green (The Fault In our Stars)—stinging letters full of criticism and suggestions. Adam … Continue reading

Posted in Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Ask Yourself This: Are You a Depriver or an Indulger? And Why Does it Matter?

Are you an indulger or a depriver? I could come up with a list of questions to help you determine if you indulge yourself or deprive yourself. But this one will do: If you have, oh, let’s say, an hour … Continue reading

Posted in work, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | 11 Comments

How to Keep Writing No Matter What: The Novelist Who Learned How to Beat Writer’s Block

This is a post for all those writers who want to give up. Don’t. No matter how long it takes, keep going. I was so disappointed when the novel I now hold in my hands, A Remarkable Kindness, got rejected … Continue reading

Posted in A Remarkable Kindness, how to write, novels, Writers, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Anita Diamant: On The Red Tent, Writing, And Her Latest Novel, The Boston Girl

I am honored to welcome Anita Diamant whose novels include The Red Tent, Day After Night, and her latest, The Boston Girl. Diana Bletter:  I admire the way you are able to write historical fiction in such a way that … Continue reading

Posted in historical fiction, mikveh, Writers, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Six Tips For Writers: What I Learned As COMMENTARY Publishes My Story, “One Kiss, One Baby, One God”

Nothing to do today? You can read my short story in Commentary Magazine here. It just came out. I am honored to be published in this respected journal. I sent this story in to the slush pile and the editor, … Continue reading

Posted in publishing, rejections, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

One Key to Writing Success: Ask Yourself This Question

The other day I spoke to a woman who told me she wrote a creative non-fiction essay for the first time in her life. Francesca was now trying to get it published in wide-circulation magazines and was getting a lot … Continue reading

Posted in Acceptance, Writing | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments