Category Archives: writing life

Super Short Guide for Writers

Thank you, Grace Mattioli by Mary E. Latela Super Short Guide for Writers is a winner!, September 5, 2016 By Mary E. Latela This review is from: Tell the World Your Story: A Super Short Guide for Serious Indie Authors (Kindle … Continue reading

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WELCOME TO HOMEPLATE

I’ll Tell You When I’m Ready Mary Ellen Latela, @LatelaMary, mlatela@outlook.com, blog mlatelablog.wordpress.com I write because I can’t turn off the thinking, dreaming, writing button. Success with small press non-fiction starting in the 1980s. Formerly called “inspirational” my work is focused on reflection … Continue reading

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When You Allow Others to Comment

Reflection by Mary E. Latela     August 27, 2016. The following blurb was posted on Twitter: (8/27/16, n.a.): “You must be open to criticism. You must be open to revising more times than you think you can stomach[] if you refuse to listen to … Continue reading

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Succeed as a Writer? Yes, you can!

Reflection by Mary E. Latela. Thanks to Jeff Goins for the seeds for this essay. I just read Jeff Goins in-your-face, honest essay about why so few people make it as a writer. Jeff, I look at this a little … Continue reading

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Me too!

I Know How That Feels by Mary E. Latela, June 4, 2016 At Lit Hub today, I was curious to see what Matthew Norman (author of Domestic Violets) had to say about: “What to Do When No One Shows Up … Continue reading

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The Price I Paid for Being a Writer.

Mary E. Latela, November 28, 2015 I began to write because I had a wonderful English teacher in the eighth grade, the late Elizabeth Connellan. Besides all the readings and memorizing vocabulary, our teacher emphasized good writing, including creative writing.  … Continue reading

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Bukowski and the Creative Peak!

Comments Mary E. Latela October 20, 2015 My dear friend, @theneuroticblog posted some quotes from poet Charles Bukowski. Among them, I select the following as my favorite: “If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. … Continue reading

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If You Think You’ve Been Scooped, STOP!

October 4, 2015 Mary E. Latela On the pages of SheWrites, I’ve read the bittersweet stories of several writers who say they have been scooped. They have been focusing on a great project, have started the research, and have even … Continue reading

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A Young Black Journalist Committed to Change Has been Killed

Reflection. Mary E. Latela  August 1, 2015 Almost daily, our hometown papers and our national news report murder by guns. No death is unimportant, but the heartbreaking story of a young Black journalist is particularly worthy of note. Frustration, anger, and confusion fill … Continue reading

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But Did You Read the Book?

Observations by Mary Latela July 26, 2015 Book Reviews count very heavily these days. Reviews ahead of publication are, at best, speculative. After the flurry around the debut of Harper Lee’s new novel, Go Set a Watchman: A Novel (HarperCollins), … Continue reading

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