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Three Aspects of Your Book’s “Aboutness”: Goal, Question, and Premise

Today’s guest post is by Barbara Linn Probst.

 So what’s your book about?

We’ve all had that question put to us by friends, relatives, agents, or other writers.  It’s a reasonable question for them to ask.

“Well, it’s the story of a woman who . . .”

“It tells what happens when . . .”

Nope. That’s the setup. It’s not what the book is about.

Coined by R. A. Fairthorne in 1969, “aboutness” is a term used in linguistics, philosophy of language, and the informational sciences to convey both intention and content—that is, the aim and subject of a text. Continue Reading…

Don’t Let Your Age Be a Reason to Not Write

Today’s guest post is by teen writer Enette Venter. 

If you are a teenager and you are writing, then chances are someone is going to tell you stop. Might be a parent who wants you to follow a better career plan or a friend who thinks you’re just not cut out for it.

Everyone will try to have a say about you and your life the minute you decide to write a book.

“Writing doesn’t really pay,” they’ll tell you.

“Perhaps writing can be your hobby when you’re older.”

“Just don’t let your writing distract you from your schoolwork.” Continue Reading…

Another Great Tahoe Retreat!

This fall, I’m hosting another intimate writers’ retreat at beautiful South Lake Tahoe, CA!

Spots are filling up, so I’m sending this one last blast to give you a chance to join in.

Get inspired, instructed, and refreshed at this top vacation destination as you learn the nuts and bolts of novel structure, work on your ideas and work in progress, get great feedback, ideas, and brainstorming help on your novel—all at one of the most beautiful lake resort areas in the US!

Spend your mornings in intensive instruction, your afternoons writing, your early evenings in discussion, and your nights relaxing—soaking in the hot tub, working on your writing, taking in a show, or enjoying all the South Shore has to offer.  Continue Reading…

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