How to Write (Better): How to Make Your Words Carry More Authority

Writing about writing with authority is really hard. Because that insinuates that I know what I'm talking about, and you might all be sitting back, slurping your coffee and thinking you know, that Rita is pretty full of herself. And therein lies the rub. ...more
I have done technical writing and use the same formula when writing. I draft in point form then ...more

Do you use your "voice" on Twitter and Facebook?

I can think of a few bloggers who have definitely created an online persona. They are always in character, whether it's on their blog, in comments on other people's blogs or on Twitter and Facebook. Then there are people like me. I never know if I'm going to start a post as though it's a short story about my real life or as though I'm pulling down the fourth wall and talking to the Internet Ferris-style. I push Twitter to Facebook and rarely initiate anything on Facebook, and my tweet style ranges from professional to very casual.

Short Stories: Enter Writing Contests or Self Publish?

Over the weekend I was chatting with Erin Kotecki Vest about my latest short story. I told her I was considering entering it in a writing contest, but I thought the $15 reading fee was steep. I could almost hear her laughing. She said, "You're a blogger. You publish it."

Why You Write

Why You Write I'm new to the group. Just wanted to share what writing does for me and why I love it. I have a post titled "Following My Bliss" on Specifically:

Blogging and memoir--is there synergy?

I'm about to start reading Elizabeth Gilbert's second best selling memoir: Committed. It is hot on the heels of Eat, Pray, Love. Two memoirs on the best seller list from the same author is amazing, I think. I'm wondering if the popularity of personal blogging has anything to do with our appetite for the memoir. Have we developed more of an appetite for personal stories because of blogging, and is this giving Elizabeth Gilbert a little push toward the best seller list?

No Kids: What Am I Missing?

Since Sassymonkey sent a link yesterday morning to a post called "Child-free movement: You say 'childfree,' I say 'childless'" by Kim Hays of the Orlando Sentinel Moms at Work blog, I've been trying to figure out why it bothered me to the point that I felt the need to call the author out on Twitter. (I am allergic to conflict and am therefore so not a Twitter caller-oute ...more

Had a surprise pregnancy at the height of my career and 16 years of marriage.  When I ...more

Chatting with Helen Epstein About the Craft of Writing and Blogging

Share your thoughts about today's spirited chat with Helen Epstein. Related posts: Crafting literary non-fiction: an introduction  Bloghers: Live Chat with writing teacher Helen Epstein on the Art of Narrative, Sunday, August 23  ...more

I try to do at least one redraft of my blogs and many redrafts of my other writing.  In both ...more

Blanket and Beyond: What's Your Nickname?

My given name is Laurie (rhymes with "sorry", technically) to most people, much to the horror of the priest who baptized me and my third grade teacher Sister Patricia because although I was not named after a Partridge Family character it's still not a saint's name so basically to them I was Laurence. It's "Yo" and "hey" and increasingly, horribly, "Ma'am" to many more. Some people in a far off land I occasionally inhabit call me "Professor," that is when they're not calling me "Yo." Go ahead. Laugh. I do. ...more

I have had many names through the years. Some I embraced, others I fought against and some I ...more

BlogHer '09: We're listening. And here's what we're mulling over so far...

It's Day Three post-BlogHer '09, and we are in our full-on, annual Listen-Real-Hard mode here at BlogHer. Since Lisa Stone, Jory Des Jardins and I first plunked down our credit cards to reserve a space for the BlogHer 2005, we have asked for everyone's help to make it happen. To make it better. To make it a celebration of women who blog. ...more

Well said and a very transparent honest professional analysis of your experience  Hmm ...more

Enter to win $1000 or a trip to BlogHer '09 from Seventh Generation!

Update 4/6/09: The sweepstakes has now ended. Thank you for your interest in this special offer. You can find out who won this, and other BlogHer special offers HERE!  ...more

When it was time to replace my hot water heater, I purchased an "on demand" gas ...more