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365 Affirmations for the Writer, 50% off

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Now is your best chance to find my book, 365 Affirmations for the Writer, available for HALF OFF at @Smashwords as part of their Annual Summer/Winter Sale! Find my book and many more at  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/chicagojane all month!  365 Affirmations for the Writer Writing is a journey. Every time we sit down to begin a piece or write the first chapter or the first line we are venturing into uncharted territory. 365 Affirmations for the Writer is about listening to those who have gone before us and letting them guide us with their insight, their own trials. By reading what others have said, we can survey the path before us, count the cost, and plunge ahead. What reviewers are saying: Mary Jo G. 5 Stars If you are a writer in need of a little inspiration, this book is for you. The quotes are great, but I especially liked the bonus material which provided concrete exercises to spark my creativity. serafina 5 Stars Totally feeling inspired to write after

Half OFF at Smashwords

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Now is your best chance to find my book, Freeze Frame: How To Write Flash Memoir, available HALF OFF at @Smashwords as part of their Annual Summer! Find my book and many more at  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/chicagojane     all month!  Many of us are looking to write memories—either in the form of literary memoir or simply to record family history. This how-to book looks at memoir in small, bite-size pieces, helping the writer to isolate or freeze-frame a moment and then distill it onto paper. What reviewers are saying: Mary Ellen Gambutti 5.0 stars Excellent# I have read this book twice, and highlighted extensively. As a new memoir writer who works in slice of life and brief moments, I find her approach helpful. Highly recommend to all writers of memoir. Enjoyable read! Karen Douglass 5.0 stars Free to Write Short Just recommended this book to my memoir-writing friends. She has freed me from the shackles of narrative and chronology.

Summer Sale on Flash Memoir: Writing Prompts to Get You Flashing

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Now is your best chance to find my book, Flash Memoir: Writing Prompts to Get You Flashing, available for HALF OFF at @Smashwords as part of their Annual Summer Sale! Find my book and many more at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/chicagojane   all month!  Flash Memoir: Writing Prompts to Get You Flashing We begin with a sudden memory, follow it to see where it leads. Yet so many of us tend to ignore these flashes. We think later yet later on we might have forgotten or lost the relevance of the moment, the urgency that led us there. I recommend a process I call write right now. In the amount of time it takes you to brush your teeth, you can jot down the memory and an outline which can be filled in later. The prompts in this book are designed to spur memories, to get you writing. I’ll also direct you to resources, authors to read and study, and places to submit. What reviewers are saying: StalkyReader 5.0 Stars While Jane Hertenstein’s book Flash Memoir is ostensibly geared towar

It’s all about perspective

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It’s all about perspective I do this a lot. When running or biking and hitting a wall, I’ll often imagine that if only I was going west to east instead or, if doing a loop, counter instead of clockwise. It’s a case of the grass is greener on the other side. Many of us go through life thinking like this, and I’m also guilty. So yesterday I finally took myself up on the assumption that if I ran my route in the other direction it would be mostly downhill. Boy, was I wrong! There’s a new track through the woods being developed near me. It starts behind some apartments and winds through the woods, up and down hill. I like this kind of terrain because it breaks things up; flat can be very boring. Ups and downs gets the legs moving and forces me to regulate breathing. The downhill acts as a kind of recovery that, again, pumps me up. Keep in mind: I’m slow and old. Instead of turning left and heading down a hill to access the path behind the apartments, I went right, across the busy

Summer Sale at Smashwords

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Now is your best chance to find my book, Orphan Girl: The Memoir of a Chicago Bag Lady, available for HALF OFF at @Smashwords as part of their Annual Summer Sale! Find my book and many more at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/chicagojane      all month!  Review "A homeless woman's story reminds us of the need to consider the suffering of others. Hertenstein's narrative . . . is a gift to us." Chicago Tribune, Sunday Book Section, March 15, 1998 From the Author I had known Marie for about ten years before I did her story. She was a bag lady--not homeless as she had an apartment she shared with a number of cats. Marie could be seen daily pushing her cart around the neighborhood picking up stuff put out for trash and giving items away to people who needed them. Whenever she saw me she'd say, "Jane, someday I have to tell you my story." And I'd say, "Sure Marie, someday." Well, during one of those exchanges we actually set up a