Finally, someone has come along to tell would-be writers the two words they desperately need to hear: get real! Women, especially, entertain fantasies of quitting their day jobs to spend countless uninterrupted hours at the keyboard, whereas the reality is that in today's hectic world, they're lucky to get 15 minutes. But, the author advises, if you plan it right, those 15 minutes should be all you need. A professor of creative writing, editor, and journalist, DeMarco-Barrett has developed a wealth of 15-minute plans, each one designed to help aspiring writers find not only the time but the focus they need to hone their writing skills while juggling the rest of their daily demands. Through challenging exercises, tips from established authors, and her own personal experiences, DeMarco-Barrett demonstrates precisely how writing-on-the-run can produce satisfying results. With an encouraging attitude and inspirational approach, DeMarco-Barrett covers everything writer-wannabes want to know, from finding an agent to finding your voice. The result is a supremely relevant guide to the writing life. Carol HaggasCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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"Pen on Fire is a gym for writers with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, who teaches, coaxes, and cheers us on." -Diane Leslie, author of Fleur de Leigh's Life of Crime
"A wonderful mix of the practical and the inspirational." -T. Jefferson Parker, author of Cold Pursuit
"Barbara DeMarco-Barrett's wonderful, practical guide teaches us to value our craft and, thus, ourselves."
"With an encouraging attitude and inspirational approach…everything writer-wannabes want to know, from finding an agent to finding your voice."
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"PEN ON FIRE is a beginning writer's dream cocktail of fortitude: equal parts compassion, inspiration, and fabulous limbering exercises. "
DeMarco-Barrett knows the writerly type. Her book perfectly combines inspiration and practical advice.
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