Bronwen Fleetwood

Kidlit’s Coronavirus Response

There’s no denying it: COVID-19 is having a big impact on books, writing, and the world. It would feel strange to write a column now that didn’t mention it, or acknowledge the ways writers and illustrators, particularly of kidlit, are coping and helping.  Below, we’ll look at ways authors and illustrators are helping young readers… Read more »

Jeanette the Writer

DIY MFA’s Virtual Open Mic!

I sat there shaking, my finger hovering over the button. This was it. Possibly the first of many, or perhaps a bad experiment that would fail after one round. Regardless… I pressed the button. That was my first video post as a writer. I had been writing blogs, but they felt rushed and didn’t seem… Read more »

Helen J. Darling

Finding it Hard to Write? Consider Keeping a Pandemic Journal

Raise your hand if you’re stressed about the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m stressed. Everyone I know is stressed. We want to stay connected to the most current information, but that leads us down depressing rabbit holes projecting inconceivable changes to the way we live our lives. Social media offers a solution to keep us connected to… Read more »

Gabriela Pereira

An Internet Abomination: There’s No Such Thing as “Free Books”

Last week, the Internet Archive (the organization responsible for the Wayback Machine) announced that  it was removing all waiting lists for its Open Library, effectively making 1.4 million copyrighted works available for free without the permission of writers or publishers. News outlets like NPR, The New Yorker, and Vice have reported on this “National Emergency… Read more »

E.J. Wenstrom

Building a Community of True Fans for Authors

J.K. Rowling…Stephen King…Danielle Steel…What author hasn’t dreamed of reaching this level of mega-fame with their own work? What author hasn’t sighed as we remind ourselves how unattainable it is?  Because, of course, these names are the exception, not the rule, and rely on the conversion of many factors, including a little luck.  But I have… Read more »

luck

Five Ways to Make Our Own Writer Luck

Hey there Word Nerds! We’re sharing this article from the DIY MFA archives today, talking all about making our own luck. Hope you enjoy! In These Happy Golden Years, the eighth Little House book, Ma Ingalls tells Laura that people make their own luck. This is illustrated in the story when Laura is kind to a girl in her… Read more »

2020

2020 Social Media Trends for Authors

The digital world is constantly evolving, and big shifts occurred in the social media landscape as we head into 2020. TikTok continues to grow rapidly, Instagram decided to remove its Like counts, Twitter changed up its format–and those are only a few of the changes that took place this year.  For authors hustling to make… Read more »

#5onFri: Five Tips to Ace a Book Fair Field Trip

There are times when I need to escape my normal routine and immerse myself in another world for a little while – to re-discover my inner child and head out on a mini-adventure… or, as I lovingly refer to them, field trips. I’ve discovered attending book fairs is a great way to get my “field… Read more »

Use the Power of Habit to Achieve Your Goals

It’s time for the final installment of our series on the WHY-WHAT-HOW of your writing life. In the first post, we discovered our writing purpose. In the second post, we turned that purpose into specific goals. Today’s focus will be on creating routines and habits that bring our purpose and goals into reality.  Step One:… Read more »

#5onFri: Five Tips for Creating a Relaxing Writing Space

Creating a writing space is both incredibly important and incredibly daunting. You need a space that will encourage your creativity without making you feel overwhelmed, which can be difficult to balance. Here are some tips to make it a little bit easier to build the perfect space for you. 1) Find a Comfortable Chair Having… Read more »