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Meghan Ward

I'm a freelance writer and book editor represented by Andy Ross of the Andy Ross Literary Agency. You can read an excerpt of my memoir, Paris On Less Than $10,000 A Day, and visit my website for more info about me.

How to Back Up Your Blog

One day I mentioned to my graphic designer friend Alta Peterson that I had never backed up my blog. This was her response:

OMG you have never backed up??? This is bad…

But of the 5 quatrillion (quatrillion isn’t a real number but it sounds HUGE, doesn’t it?) blog posts I’ve read about blogging, [...]

Best Irish Soda Bread Recipe

It’s that time of year again—time to set your leprechaun traps, get your green on, and make your Irish soda bread! In memory of my mother, who left us 17 years ago this week, the easiest and best Irish soda bread ever:

 

4 c flour 1 1/2 t baking soda 1 [...]

What I Learned About Networking at AWP

I am woefully behind on everything this month after going out of town for three long weekends in a row. I took a lot of notes at AWP, however, and will be writing several blog posts as a result, one of which is “Is it Worth It to Get an PhD in Creative Writing?” I [...]

AWP 14: Join Me!

For anyone going to AWP, I will mostly be workshop hopping and wandering around the Bookfair. Follow me on Twitter @meghancward as I tweet my workshops with the hashtag #AWP14. And email me at meghan @meghanward.com if you will be there and want to meet up!

 

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Merry Christmas!

To all the Writerland Challengers, I apologize for dropping off the Internet this past month. I have Heath Toffee for our winner, to be announced next week. And to everyone celebrating Christmas today, Merry Christmas!

Notes from Digi.Lit, San Francisco’s First Digital Literary Conference

 

June 29 I had the pleasure of participating on the Author Branding & Marketing Panel at Digi.Lit, Litquake’s first digital literary conference. I also attended several other sessions and live tweeted them.  

Here are some gems from the morning and noon sessions I attended:  

Is Digital Publishing the Best Option for [...]

Stress Reduction for Writers

I’ve had insomnia for the past couple of years. Sometimes I’m up from 2-4 or 5 a.m., reading until I fall back to sleep. Other times I sleep through the night but wake up at 5 or 5:30. For a while I took Tylenol PM, then melatonin, but I hate taking sleeping pills. I [...]

Best Irish Soda Bread Ever

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

This is my mom’s Irish soda bread recipe. It is SO easy and SO good, and you don’t have to be Irish to eat it. Enjoy!

4 c flour 1 1/2 t baking soda 1 t salt 2 T carraway seeds (optional, but I love them) 3/4 c sugar 1 c [...]

Butt in chair stick-to-it-iveness

This week I’m reposting one of my favorite posts—because I think we all need to be reminded now and then of the importance of keeping our butts in the chair.

I’m writing again for the first time in weeks and finding it difficult to sit still in my chair. Today I thought about what works [...]

Why I Hate Princesses

My three-year-old daughter refuses to wear pants. She will only wear dresses, and they almost always have to be pink. She adores Cinderella, Beauty (what she calls “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast), and Tinkerbell. Her favorite pastime is to dress up in a tutu and dance around the living room to the sounds [...]