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WMBTSG Drawing for day seven: And the winner is…

Erin Maher!

Congratulations, Erin. You’ve won A Writer’s Space Collection from Ninth Moon and a Writer Mama Creative Manifesto Throw Pillow.

To reread about what you’ve won, click here.

Please send me your snail mail address at writer mama at earthlink dot net.

Thanks everyone for participating! And don’t worry, there are still 22 chances to win!

Thanks for your help spreading the word about the 2008 Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway. Don’t by shy about spreading the word, now. There are plenty of prizes all month long. 🙂


Dear Writer Mamas, (From the September Issue of The Writer Mama E-zine)

It’s harvest time, mamas. Can you feel it?

In his blog, author J.A. Konrath (we went to the same school), has this quote that I like:

“There’s a word for a writer who never gives up… published.”
This perfectly describes my experience as a writer. I have accomplished a lot since my daughter was born six-and-a-half years ago and perhaps it would be inspirational to share it with you, mamas, so you can catch a glimpse of what is possible:

  • I’ve written 2 published books.
  • I’ve worked my way up steadily over 7 and a half years to teaching over 100 students each year.
  • I personally offer 8 classes, from total beginner nonfiction writer to how to land a book deal and market your book.
  • I am helping 2 other hard-working writers with high-quality e-mail classes of their own.
  • I’ve developed several channels of giving through: my scholarship program (4 per year), a month-long book giveaway (thanks to all the participating authors/writers!), and 2 e-zines (in conjunction with several other hard-working writers).
  • I’ve written more articles than I can count for promotion and pay. Ditto given interviews and quotes.
  • I average one or two public appearances a month.
  • I’ve built three websites and two blogs.
  • I’ve met and gotten to know more amazing writers than I could possibly count!

And if you notice the repetition of the words, “hard” + “work” above, that’s not a coincidence. Writing career success is not about talent or luck. It’s really about whether or not you are willing to work consistently until you succeed. And believe me, I have worked.

And suddenly, I have 6 hours a day to work now that my daughter, Samantha, has entered first grade. I’ve been working so hard for so long–as a writer friend put it recently–around the edges of everything, that I’m not sure if I can remember how to manage a big chunk of consecutive hours.

But don’t worry. I’ll be fine. And it won’t take long to adjust to this new, expansive rhythm. I’m excited to see what it will bring next Fall. And I’m excited to rediscover more time for self-care, not to mention more time for my friends and family.

Maybe autumn isn’t technically the beginning of a new year, but it always feels that way to me. Happy harvest time, mamas!

In the writing spirit,

Christina Katz

WMBTSG Day Eight (Comment to this post to qualify for the drawing)

Welcome to day eight of the annual Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway. One lucky winner will walk away with The Write-brain Workbook by Bonnie Neubauer.

With The Write-Brain Workbook, you’ll never have to face a blank page again. This one-of-a-kind guide provides a full year of writing excercises and games designed to get thoughts brewing and the pen moving across the page. It:

  • Provides 366 10-minute excercises to build momentum and turn on the right side of the brain
  • Helps you generate work by painlessly leading you into new writing every day
  • Stimulates creativity with a stunning 4-color package and easy-to-approach prompt
  • Bonnie Neubauer is the author of The Write-Brain Workbook, 366 Exercises to Liberate Your Writing, and the forthcoming follow-up, Take Ten, coming out in 2009. She is also the creator of Story Spinner, a hand held wheel that generates millions of creative writing exercises. Visit her website,, and click on Story Spinner Online and you will have at your fingertips, gazillions of free writing exercises whenever you want (or need) one.


    Today’s question: Do you incorporate the use of prompts or exercises as a regular part of your writing practice? If so, how? And if not, why not? Think first, you might mistakenly overlook some of the tricks you’ve developed over the years to prime your writing pump. If you have a trusty prompt or exercise, you’d like to share with us. Feel free!

    If this is your first post in the giveaway, please read “Da Rules.”

    Post comment until midnight on September 8th to enter today’s drawing.

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