Louise Erdrich wins NBCC fiction prize for ‘LaRose’

by Marylee MacDonald, March 24, 2017 in Scoop.it

Matthew Desmond’s “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” wins nonfiction prize.

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7 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Writing Files

by Marylee MacDonald, in Apps & Software, Scoop.it

Picture this: a bear has been hibernating all winter, sleeping a lot, eating everything within reach, and staying close to its den. March comes. The air warms. Flowers bloom. The bear wakes up, shakes itself off, looks around its cave, and realizes what a freaking mess it’s made. There are bones and food scraps stacked in the corners, loose bear fur clustered everywhere, piles of crap, and the whole place reeks.

Twist: this is a metaphor. Writers, you’re the bear. The cave is your computer. And the piles of crap? Well, those are your mangy old writing files scattered hither and yon.

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Now this is an article I wish I’d written! Apart from the writing itself, one of the biggest challenges I face as a writer is simply staying on top of the various drafts of novels, stories, and blog posts. While I’ve never lost anything permanently, I have spent too much time rooting around trying to find things.

Now that it’s spring, I feel inspired to clean up my hard drive. This article provides an A#1 system for doing that.

In my case it’s not just the fiction files that proliferate. It’s the marketing files and tips on how to effectively use social media. Not that I’m good at online networking. I’m completely insecure, and I keep downloading new stuff.

When Facebook and Twitter change picture sizes, I scramble around and look for new templates. When I see a marketing expert recommend a way to connect with readers, I can’t pass that up!

My “marketing and PR” folder balloons.

The only way I can keep the plates spinning is by staying organized, and this week I’m doing just that.

I hope you enjoy the article and that you feel inspired to tackle your own spring cleaning.

A Conversation with Nick Mamatas About Lovecraft’s Legacy, Writing Conventions, and His New Novel ‘I Am Providence’

by Marylee MacDonald in Scoop.it

Online Writers Workshop, Online Monthly Classes taught by published authors and industry professionals and Robust Literature Magazine with Columns, Interviews, Reviews and more.

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Intriguing book. I hadn’t even heard about Lovecraft until a Scottish writer from Edinburgh gave me a heads up.