Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Inspirational Quotes on Writing

I greatly enjoyed reading the special January 2010 90th anniversary issue of Writer's Digest today. I don't envy the people who had to cull through 90 years of magazines to find the best quotes on writing, but they came up with some good ones. Here is just a sampling:

Sometimes the words do flow. Sometimes they don't. Write them either way. - Mary E. Demuth (This is actually from a new article in the issue, but I think that this advice ranks right up there!)

Good writing is remembering detail. Most people want to forget. Don't forget things that were painful or embarrassing or silly. Turn them into a story that tells the truth. - Paula Danziger

There isn't time to talk about someday writing that short story or poem or novel. Slow down now, touch what is around you, and out of care and compassion for each moment and detail, put pen to paper and begin to write. - Natalie Goldberg

Don't quit. It's very easy to quit during the first 10 years. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it's very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can't get fired if you don't write, and most of the time you don't get rewarded if you do. But don't quit. - Andre Dubus

Monday, December 14, 2009

Book Review: Emily's Hope

by Ellen Gable
Pakenham, Ontario: Full Quiver Publishing
"Emily's Hope" is an interesting novel, connecting the lives of a great-grandmother living at the turn of the century and a great-granddaughter growing up in the 1970s. Gable contrasts the sexual choices that they make and their openness toward life. Katherine is an unhappily married woman who seeks out sexual partners, has several back-alley abortions, and is an early adopter of birth control. She also tries to help other women who seek out this information, even though she risks prosecution from the police. Emily, growing up in the modern era, starts out thinking premarital sex and birth control are fine, until her boyfriend and future husband is adamantly against them. He convinces her of the error of her ways. They choose Natural Family Planning and struggle with ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage, but go on to have five beautiful children.

This book isn't for everyone. The main purpose of it is to educate people about the Church's teaching on NFP and marriage. Perhaps it can open some eyes to the reasons for this teaching. Mainly, it made me very thankful for the gift of today's NFP. I felt badly for the women who sought out Katherine's help - women who had given birth several times during a short period of time, who were exhausted, impoverished, and abused by their husbands. While the choices they made weren't right, they were understandable. Those women were desperate. I'm so glad that we have reliable Natural Family Planning today. While many people reject it, the Church's teaching is designed to help couples and marriages to be life-giving and provide for responsible parenthood. I do wish more people could see that. Gable is to be commended for treating this difficult topic in "Emily's Hope."

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Mitch Albom Explains the Art of Storytelling

Every writer wants to be a great storyteller - to engage their audience and leave them wanting more. Mitch Albom is truly one of the masters of this art. On the "Writer's Digest" website, there is an interview with him where he explains this very important art:

Mitch Albom on the art of Storytelling

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Catholic Writers' Conference Online - Register Now!

The Catholic Writers Guild presents its annual Catholic Writers Conference Online, Feb 26-March 5. This year's focus: practical tools for success! In addition to the usual excellent chats and workshops, they will have even more pitch sessions with Catholic and secular publications, plus limited-invitation crit sessions where you can work with an editor or successful author on your writing.

Registration runs until Feb 15 at www.catholicwritersconference.com.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

What is National Novel Writing Month?

In "Through the Open Window." Lucy Lyons' life takes an interesting turn when she decides to take part in National Novel Writing Month. What is "National Novel Writing Month" anyway? Taking place in November, the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. It is writing, boot camp style. You simply immerse yourself in it. I did it last year. In fact that is how this novel came to be written at all. I actually didn't finish all in one month - it took me until January to finish, but it was well worth it. I loved the intensity of it and the surprise of where the characters took me. The sense of accomplishment at the end of it was amazing.

I came into the last week of October last year wavering on whether to do it or not. It was something definitely on my "to-do" list. The idea of writing about someone doing National Novel Writing Month came to me October 30th.

If any of you are interested in taking the plunge, check out the National Novel Month Website at: hhttp://www.nanowrimo.org/ .

A great book to read for inspiration and encouragement is No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty, the founder of National Novel Writing Month.

Friday, October 23, 2009

"Through the Open Window" on Catholic Fiction Blog

I'm pleased to announce that starting today, the full novel "Through the Open Window" by will be serialized on the Catholic Fiction Blog! Read the first chapter at http://catholicblogfiction.blogspot.com/2009/10/through-open-window-by-anne-faye.html

You may also purchase the book at https://www.createspace.com/3403879

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"Through the Open Window" is now available!

I am so pleased to announce that "Through the Open Window" is now available! I received my proof in the mail today and am very pleased with it. It will be available for purchase through Amazon soon, but in the meantime it can be purchased here:


Also, if anyone is interested in reviewing it for their blog or for Amazon, please contact me at AnneMFaye@gmail.com. I do have a limited number of review copies available.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Coming Soon!

I should be able to approve the final proof and put my book up for sale this Friday! I'm so excited! If anyone is interesting in reviewing it for your blog or Amazon, please leave a comment. I will be happy to send you either a .pdf or a hard copy.

Friday, October 16, 2009

A New Cover and a New Proof

I received my proof on Thursday. It was very exciting to get in the mail! I immediately noticed some changes that needed to be made, however. One of these was the cover. So, what you see at the left is the latest (and hopefully the last!) version of the cover. I really do like the photograph. I think it really draws the viewer in and will hopefully help encourage them to read the book!

I also needed to change the font size of the inside of the book. I had done it in 10pt font. It was readable, but I don't want anyone reading my book to suffer from eye strain, so I upped it to 11pt font which required some reformatting. While it was disappointing not to be able to offer my book for sale this week, I think that the changes made vastly improve the finished product and will be well worth the small delay. Now I am just waiting for the publishing company to approve my new files and then I can order a new proof.

I will keep you posted!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What is a Writer?

"A writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway" - Junot Diaz

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Excitedly waiting the proof of my book!

Hi! Welcome to my blog. Thank you for stopping by! As I write this, the proof of my debut novel, "Through the Open Window" should be arriving in the mail any day now. I am both scared and excited to see it! Excited because seeing one's book in print is very cool. This is a whole new experience for me. I wrote this novel during National Novel Writing Month last year (it actually took me three months!) and that was an incredible adventure. I hadn't written fiction in a long time. It felt so good to get back into it. The story is about a character who is taking that plunge herself. The official description is as follows:

Lucy Lyons is a woman trying to escape her past. Content to work as a librarian and live alone with her dog, all she wants is a simple life with no complications. When she decides to take the plunge and begins to write a novel during National Novel Writing Month, she gets much more than she bargained for. Her writing will not only force her to face her own secrets, but will also put her in the path of a handsome artist who shares her love of the written word. “Through the Open Window” is an engaging novel about the secrets we all keep and the hope for second chances.

It is scary because this is the first time I have ever shared my fiction with the general public. The couple of friends that I shared it with enjoyed it (in fact, they stayed up all night reading it!). I consider that a good sign. I hope that this book will bring some joy to those who choose to read it. That is my fondest wish.

Come back soon for more information on the book!