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about Elizabeth

I’m the author of Girly, creator and editor of This Is Not Chick Lit, and writer of Boys for Pele which I keep promising is coming soon and it is coming soon! There have been some weird delays—weird weird things that you are not gonna BELIEVE when I finally explain it–but this book, Pele, like the album she is based on and […]

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Boys for Pele: deep in the girl-zone

Hey everybody, I am leading a very low-internet-impact lifestyle at the moment, I am happy to report. I completely forgot how to even get on here and put up a blog post!  But I have now remembered how to do it,  so I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m currently deep in the […]

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#5 Mojo-Zapper for Women: Working through Exhaustion

When you’re exhausted, you make decisions based in fear. This is inevitably the wrong path. Decisions based in fear will always leave you with giant messes that may take weeks, months, even years to fix. I speak from experience here: during the first phase of my business, I kept pushing, pushing pushing when I was […]

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#4 Mojo-Zapper for Women: Psychic Vampires

So you finally get a nice big chunk of writing time to really dream and create, and who shows up, but the psychic vampire. Not Vampire Bill from True Blood, awesomely ESP-ing you that he’s coming to save your Sookie-ass from big nasty monsters. No, today, sadly, I am not talking about that kind of […]

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How I Outfox Crap Writing Days

A lot of the tools I give to my students to make their writing easier and better are things I have integrated into my own writing and life so much I don’t really have to think about it. Yet: I still have totally crazy horrible resistance-to-the-writing days. Monster days. It reminds me of how a […]

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Avoiding the Query-induced Blahs

I’m so grateful for all the inspiring replies to last week’s launch of the newsletter and site! Thank you. I’ve been hearing from some of my beloved old-school Elizabeth’s Workshops writing students and it’s so inspiring–years on, people now have finished writing these full-grown, amazing books that I was privileged to help out with when […]

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The Top 5 Lazy Girl Writing Tricks

This was originally going to be ten tips. But I realized: the uber-tip, the baseline of how to amp up your productivity and your sanity, is to cut unrealistic expectations of yourself in HALF. I will be modeling this for you now: you don’t actually need ten tips. You only need five. Because if you […]

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Are You a Heart with Brains?

So I call my people—my students, my clients—the “Hearts with Brains.” I will explain. But first let me tell you how I finally found them: I started my writing workshops in Brooklyn back in 2003, on a whim, after I moved into a more-expensive apartment and needed to figure out how to cover the rent. […]

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Successful Writers Are Entrepreneurs

Everybody wants to write a book. Writers who have published a book on any subject will tell you that they get more emails about how to get published than they do about the actual content of their work. Most published writers have at least one uncle/neighbor/ex-boyfriend who is currently querying agents. There is this big, […]

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People-pleasing = Total Exhaustion.

People-pleasing is so icky that it was only by promising a newsletter about it to my students that I got myself to write about it at all. It’s painful because it’s so slippery and so at the core of most of my own struggles with writing and also with most of my students’. It’s embarrassing […]

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