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Any time you just need a boost, let FLOAT Cards for Writers provide thought-provoking, bite-sized sources of inspiration and intervention to get the creative juices flowing again.
I’ve collected 52 ways you can revitalize your creative practice. Pick a card! You’ll pick up your writing again with ease. An online guide with suggested ways to use the cards solo, in groups, and in workshops and classrooms, is included with purchase.
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My book, FLOAT • Becoming Unstuck for Writers, is a desk reference and guidebook for writers who’d like to improve their experience of writing. FLOAT is available now. In Central Virginia, you can pick up the trade paperback from fine booksellers including New Dominion Bookshop, Charlottesville, Black Swan Books and Music, Staunton, Baine’s Books, Scottsville and Appomattox, and Over the Moon Bookstore, Crozet, as well as on Amazon, where you can get the ebook version as well.
I recently contributed to a popular anthology of essays about the #MeToo movement. I’m a published essayist for publications from ArtForum to Estate Planning magazine. I’ve published nonfiction think-pieces in periodicals about the arts, law, technology, and public policy. I edited the pioneering web-based magazine, The Arts4All Newsletter, for five years starting in 1999. I am also an experienced lyricist.
I began writing stories some years ago as an attempt to get through the long recovery period following surgery on my hand. I figured, I’ll be able to type with one hand, when I won’t be able to do much else. So before the operation, I signed up for a creative nonfiction class at WriterHouse here in Charlottesville, VA, my home. My excellent teacher, the poet and essayist Rose Elliott, encouraged all of us in that room. I wrote dialog for the first time. It seemed to work. I kept writing.
The following year, my hand gradually became useful again. I took a fiction course at WriterHouse and got back to typing with two hands. That fiction class was where I met three women. When one of them suggested we consider a critique group, I did not think twice before expressing interest. I’m so glad I did! As a result of my work with this writing group, which we named BACCA Literary, I’m writing all the time. In my novel in progress, the protagonist Andie Jordan, eager to begin her new career as an investigative journalist, realizes she has unique access to a NYC art-world scandal, at the NAC, a powerful – and unconventional – nonprofit where she once worked.
Then I discovered creative nonfiction. I get to write dialog, combine characters, and distill the course of events. It’s good fun. So’s fiction, where you get to do that stuff, even more so, inventing entirely new characters and situations. Worlds, if you want.
My fellow BACCA writers and I have presented panel discussions and group sessions at the Virginia Festival of the Book, sharing the word about Creating a Great Writing Group and Meet (or Create) Your Writing Group. Read more about the writer group at our website. After the Virginia Writers Club invited us to present our writers mixer at their annual symposium, Charlottesville’s Jefferson-Madison Regional Library hosted us for another writers mixer. See the Events tab for other presentations and workshops I facilitate.
In addition to my own writing, my business, Chenille Books, here in Charlottesville, keeps me immersed in words as a creative coach and guide for nonfiction authors. Our clients organize their thoughts, establish their voice, and build a narrative – and a timetable – so they can get their book finished and polished. We provide coaching and strategy, as well as team-building and consulting assistance with independent publishing. Through our community, we also help our clients build their platform and extend their influence and readership. If you’d like some guidance with your writing project, contact us for a free Welcome Call.
— A M Carley