At the end of the year last year, I started playing around with turning the things I often say into Pinterest quotes.

These might be quotes from my books or paraphrasing of things I find myself saying over and over to my students.

It even got to the point where I would say something helpful and one of my students would say, “Ooo, you should turn that into a quote.”

For many months, I was using an App called Instaquote to create a couple of quotes a day and then sharing them on Instagram.

I highly recommend Instaquote, by the way. It’s easy to use and you can add on colorful inexpensive backgrounds. What a great way to get the word out about your message and services.

Making quotes was a fun way to start my day and share some of my ideas in micro-form with a wider audience than I might otherwise reach on any given day.

Here’s an example of one of the quotes — possibly the most popular — I made and shared:

Write until it becomes as natural as breathing. Write until not writing makes you anxious. ~ Christina Katz

Write until it becomes as natural as breathing. Write until not writing makes you anxious. ~ Christina Katz

Once I started putting my quotes out there, I noticed a couple of things.

First off, some people I knew were horrified by my audacity. They asked me, “You are sharing your own quotes?”

The nerve of me. I guess. I really didn’t think it was that big of a deal. So my answer was, “I sure am!”

What I should have said is, “You’re damn right I am.”

Because here is something I have noticed over the many years I have been a woman writer…

There are an awful lot of folks out there who are happy to take your ideas, but a lot less who are willing to give you credit for your hard work.

And when you are a woman writer, one thing you notice is that those who do give you credit are most often other women.

I’m sure if I have noticed this, other women have noticed it, too.

And I’m sure if I’m noticing it as a white privileged writer, then women of color must be getting even less credit for all their ideas and hard work.

I wish this were not the case in this day and age, but there is no reason to pretend it isn’t happening.

I could get mad about it. Or I could get busy. So, let’s get back to the part where this story takes a turn for the happier.

That was the day I started putting my own words out into the world in an attempt to reach a broader audience myself instead of waiting for head-pats from men in the roles of powers that be.

I’m so glad I did. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself and I plan to keep doing it.

I have worked so hard to get where I am as a professional and my work and words have already reached thousands.

But I think my work is good enough and helpful enough to reach millions…even if I have to reach out to those millions myself.

You may have heard that I spent the summer creating an Etsy shop with my husband Jason Katz, who is one heck of a designer.

It’s true. And this is how the above quote became a printable poster that looks like this:

Write until it becomes as natural as breathing. Write until not writing makes you anxious. ~ Christina Katz

Write until it becomes as natural as breathing. Write until not writing makes you anxious. ~ Christina Katz

I have done a lot of different things to inspire and motivate writers near and far over the past 13 years. And now making inspirational writing posters with my husband is one of them.

I have to say, it’s one of the most fun and most gratifying things I have ever done with anyone.

What do you think? Do you like the poster? Or do you prefer the look of the original quote?

It’s okay if you do. I won’t be offended. I’m just happy that so many of you have taken the time to share my words with your worlds.

Thank you! I appreciate all of your support.

If you’d like to see all of the posters we created this summer, please visit Words, Glorious Words! on Etsy.

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Writers on the Move with Christina KatzWell, you asked for it, so I did it.

Some of the members of Writers On The Move expressed interest in making the Facebook Group a closed group rather than a public group.

I could not see a reason not to do so, so I did it. (See the differences between public and closed groups here.)

In fact, I think I wanted to make it a closed group a while back but other members did not. (If I’m remembering correctly.)

At one point it may have made sense to be a public group, but it seems like it now makes sense to be a closed group.

So we are now a closed group. You can visit the description page on my website here. And you can visit the group itself on Facebook.

You are welcome to request to join. We need to see your face in your profile picture in order to let you in. We also need to be able to tell that you are a writer.

Folks who do not show their faces in their profile photos are not allowed in.

So put your  most writerly face forward, if you’d like to gain access!

Hope to see you there, writers!

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18667798We had a lovely time visiting Cheryl Strayed’s home in Portland on Wednesday, where she hosted a book launch party for award-winning author, Rachel DeWoskin.

Rachel is on tour for her latest novel, Blind, and we were lucky enough to get to hear her speak about her process and what it’s like to write a novel for young adults after writing two novels and a memoir for adults.

Here’s what Cheryl has to say about, Blind:

I just finished reading the book and it’s so, so good—beautiful, vivid, intelligent, and deeply moving. I’ve been a fan of Rachel’s work for ages, but this one has a special place in my heart.

The main character in Blind is Emma, who about to become a sophomore in high school when she goes blind from an accident. To paraphrase DeWoskin’s description of the book, this is a story about a teen who is learning that the person that she was is not the only version of herself that is meant to be. It’s about book about facing adversity and realizing that there is more to our self than we might have imagined.

We are living in a world where it’s easy to resort to fear and cynicism. So it’s refreshing to know that there are books that can teach lessons about how to cope with serious life challenges and get through them.

You can read more about Blind in this review in the San Francisco Chronicle:

http://www.sfweekly.com/exhibitionist/2014/07/30/theres-more-than-meets-the-eye-in-rachel-dewoskins-profound-novel-blind

And here is an interview with Rachel at BookPage: http://bookpage.com/interviews/17021-rachel-de-woskin#.U_bYXUj0sck

Cheryl Strayed & Rachel DeWoskin

This book is for tweens and teens, 12 and up. We bought Samantha a copy of the book and she had it signed by the author.

Samantha Katz and Rachel DeWoskin

And while we were there, I took some selfies with a couple of my writer buds in Cheryl’s library. Here I am with Shari MacDonald Strong…

Selfie with Shari MacDonald Strong

And here I am being silly with Naseem Rakha

Selfie with Naseem Rakha

Here’s a photo of Samantha and I thanking the hostess for a lovely evening…

Christina Katz, Samantha Katz & Cheryl Strayed

If you have a tween or teen, check out Blind. If you are not sure your child is ready to tackle these themes, why not read it out loud and discuss it as you go? This is what the author did with her own daughter.

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277 Movies About Writers and the Writing Life List Curated by Christina KatzBut it looks like I did not post last year’s version in the blog, so here it is.

Now I’m looking for the 2013-2014 writer and writing life movies.

Feel free to chime in here if you have any ideas!

Thanks for supporting all of our hard work!

Selection parameters:

  • A main character in the film must be a writer. No ensembles in this list unless writing is central to the storyline.
  • Only cinema movies are included. No TV movies.
  • Only print journalism. No broadcast journalism in this list. Screenwriting and TV writing are both represented. Bloggers are included.
  • Biographies or biopics about writers are listed. No documentaries are included.
  • No academics as central characters, unless the character is a novelist or some other type of writer.
  • Diaries are included, if the diary is part of the central part of the story.
  • If a film is about a writer but is obscure or very unknown it may have been intentionally excluded.
  • Films are listed in chronological order by release year.
  • If a movie was re-released, then it is listed by its most recent release date.
  • Suggestions for films to add are always welcome in the comments section.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this list. We had fun pulling it together.

Enjoy!

1. Barrets of Wimpole St. (1934) LINK
2. It Happened One Night (1934) LINK
3. His Girl Friday (1940) LINK
4. The Philadelphia Story (1940) LINK
5. Foreign Correspondent (1940) LINK
6. Woman of the Year (1942) LINK
7. Old Acquaintance (1943) LINK
8. The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944) LINK
9. It Happened Tomorrow (1944) LINK
10. The Lost Weekend (1945) LINK
11. Christmas in Connecticut (1945) LINK
12. The Story of G.I. Joe (1945) LINK
13. I Remember Mama (1948) LINK
14. Call Northside 777 (1948) LINK
15. The Third Man (1949) LINK
16. In a Lonely Place (1950) LINK
17. Sunset Boulevard (1950) LINK
18. Orpheus (1950) LINK
19. Ace in the Hole (1951) LINK
20. Hans Christian Andersen (1952) LINK
21. A Face In The Crowd (1957) LINK
22. Some Came Running (1958) LINK
23. Teacher’s Pet (1958) LINK
24. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) LINK
25. La Dolce Vita (1960) LINK
26. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) LINK
27. Through A Glass Darkly (1961) LINK
28. The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962) LINK
29. Jules and Jim (1962) LINK
30. 8 ½ (1963) LINK
31. Youngblood Hawke (1964) LINK
32. Color of Pomegranates (1968) LINK
33. The Odd Couple (1968) LINK
34. Man of La Mancha (1972) LINK
35. Sleuth (1972) LINK
36. The Way We Were (1973) LINK
37. Front Page (1974, originally 1931) LINK
38. All the Presidents Men (1976) LINK
39. The Front (1976) LINK
40. Julia (1977) LINK
41. Superman (1978) LINK
42. Stevie (1978) LINK
43. My Brilliant Career (1979) LINK
44. Heart Beat (1980) LINK
45. Seems Like Old Times (1980) LINK
46. The Shining (1980) LINK
47. Somewhere in Time (1980) LINK
48. Reds (1981) LINK
49. Rich & Famous (1981) LINK
50. Priest of Love (1981) LINK
51. The World According to Garp (1982) LINK
52. Deathtrap (1982) LINK
53. Author! Author! (1982) LINK
54. My Favorite Year (1982) LINK
55. Missing (1982) LINK
56. Sophie’s Choice (1982) LINK
57. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) LINK
58. Cross Creek (1983) LINK
59. American Dreamer (1984) LINK
60. Romancing The Stone (1984) LINK
61. Irreconcilable Differences (1984) LINK
62. Just One of the Guys (1985) LINK
63. Out of Africa (1985) LINK
64. Mishima: A Life in 4 Chapters (1985) LINK
65. Heartburn (1986) LINK
66. Stand By Me (1986) LINK
67. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) LINK
68. 84 Charing Cross Road (1986) LINK
69. The Singing Detective (1986) LINK
70. Throw Mama From the Train (1987) LINK
71. Barfly (1987) LINK
72. Waiting for the Moon (1987) LINK
73. Prick Up Your Ears (1987) LINK
74. Best Seller (1987) LINK
75. Rowing With the Wind (1988) LINK
76. Funny Farm (1988) LINK
77. The Accidental Tourist (1988) LINK
78. Da (1988) LINK
79. Her Alibi (1989) LINK
80. My Left Foot (1989) LINK
81. Beautiful Dreamers (1990) LINK
82. An Angel at My Table (1990) LINK
83. Henry and June (1990) LINK
84. Misery (1990) LINK
85. Closetland (1991) LINK
86. Impromptu (1991) LINK
87. Barton Fink (1991) LINK
88. Naked Lunch (1991) LINK
89. Hedd Wynn (1992) LINK
90. The Player (1992) LINK
91. Basic Instinct (1992) LINK
92. Sleepless in Seattle (1993) LINK
93. The Pelican Brief (1993) LINK
94. So I Married An Ax Murderer (1993) LINK
95. The Dark Half (1993) LINK
96. Shadowlands (1993) LINK
97. Poetic Justice (1993) LINK
98. The Paper (1994) LINK
99. Bullets Over Broadway (1994) LINK
100. Paperback Romance (1994) LINK
101. Tom & Viv (1994) LINK
102. Little Women (1994) LINK
103. Il Postino: The Postman (1994) LINK
104. Mrs. Parker & The Vicious Circle (1994) LINK
105. Delta of Venus (1995) LINK
106. Total Eclipse (1995) LINK
107. The Flower of My Secret (1995) LINK
108. Leaving Las Vegas (1995) LINK
109. Carrington (1995) LINK
110. Delores Claiborne (1995) LINK
111. The Pillow Book (1996) LINK
112. The Whole Wide World (1996) LINK
113. Mother (1996) LINK
114. Hamsun (1996) LINK
115. The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1996) LINK
116. Welcome to Sarajevo (1997) LINK
117. Deconstructing Harry (1997) LINK
118. Henry Fool (1997) LINK
119. Wilde (1997) LINK
120. Chasing Amy (1997) LINK
121. One True Thing (1998) LINK
122. Shakespeare In Love (1998) LINK
123. A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries (1998) LINK
124. Eternity and a Day (1998) LINK
125. Permanent Midnight (1998) LINK
126. A Murder of Crows (1998) LINK
127. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) LINK
128. Croupier (1998) LINK
129. Slam (1998) LINK
130. Les Enfants Du Siècle / The Children of the Century (1999) LINK
131. Topsy Turvey (1999) LIST
132. The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999) LINK
133. Snow Falling on Cedars (1999) LINK
134. Never Been Kissed (1999) LINK
135. The Best Man (1999) LINK
136. The End of the Affair (1999, originally 1955) LINK
137. The Muse (1999) LINK
138. True Crime (1999) LINK
139. Bamboozled (2000) LINK
140. Almost Famous (2000) LINK
141. Before Night Falls (2000) LINK
142. Joe Gould’s Secret (2000) LINK
143. Nora (2000) LINK
144. Pandaemonium (2000) LINK
145. Wonder Boys (2000) LINK
146. Finding Forrester (2000) LINK
147. Quills (2000) LINK
148. Isn’t She Great (2000) LINK
149. Pinero (2001) LINK
150. Iris (2001) LINK
151. Moulin Rouge (2001) LINK
152. The Shipping News (2001) LINK
153. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) LINK
154. Bridget Jones Diary (2001) LINK
155. Storytelling (2001) LINK
156. Riding in Cars with Boys (2001) LINK
157. How to Kill your Neighbor’s Dog (2001) LINK
158. Orange County (2002) LINK
159. Possession (2002) LINK
160. The Hours (2002) LINK
161. Adaptation. (2002) LINK
162. Blue Car (2002) LINK
163. I Capture the Castle (2003) LINK
164. Alex & Emma (2003) LINK
165. Shattered Glass (2003) LINK
166. American Splendor (2003) LINK
167. As Good As It Gets (2003) LINK
168. Sylvia (2003) LINK
169. Cheaper By The Dozen (2003) LINK
170. Something’s Gotta Give (2003) LINK
171. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) LINK
172. The Swimming Pool (2003) LINK
173. Veronica Guerin (2003) LINK
174. The United States of Leland (2003) LINK
175. Notre Musique (2004) LINK
176. Before Sunset (2004) LINK
177. Sideways (2004) LINK
178. The Libertine (2004) LINK
179. Finding Neverland (2004) LINK
180. Motorcycle Diaries (2004) LINK
181. Secret Window (2004) LINK
182. The Door in the Floor (2004) LINK
183. La Tigre E La Neve / Tiger and the Snow (2005) LINK
184. The Dying Gaul (2005) LINK
185. The Squid and the Whale (2005) LINK
186. Capote (2005) LINK
187. The Prize-winner of Defiance Ohio (2005) LINK
188. Factotum (2005) LINK
189. Winter Passing (2005) LINK
190. The Night Listener (2006) LINK
191. Stranger Than Fiction (2006) LINK
192. Scoop (2006) LINK
193. The TV Set (2006) LINK
194. The Hoax (2006) LINK
195. Infamous (2006) LINK
196. Half Light (2006) LINK
197. Miss Potter (2006) LINK
198. Ask the Dust (2006) LINK
199. Running with Scissors (2006) LINK
200. Love and other Disasters (2006) LINK
201. A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints LINK
202. Starting Out in the Evening (2007) LINK
203. Martian Child (2007) LINK
204. Slipstream (2007) LINK
205. Freedom Writers (2007) LINK
206. Becoming Jane (2007) LINK
207. A Mighty Heart (2007) LINK
208. Dan in Real Life (2007) LINK
209. Purple Violets (2007) LINK
210. Moliere (2007) LINK
211. In the Land of Women (2007) LINK
212. Zodiac (2007) LINK
213. Music and Lyrics (2007) LINK
214. 1408 (2007) LINK
215. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) LINK
216. Atonement (2007) LINK
217. 27 Dresses (2007) LINK
218. Roman De Gare (2007) LINK
219. Angel (2007) LINK
220. Resurrecting The Champ (2007) LINK
221. Sleuth (2007) LINK
222. The Kite Runner (2007) LINK
223. Nim’s Island (2008) LINK
224. Marley & Me (2008) LINK
225. The Edge of Love (2008) LINK
226. The Stoning of Soroya M. (2008) LINK
227. Me and Orson Welles (2008) LINK
228. Burn After Reading (2008) LINK
229. Sex & The City: The Movie (2008) LINK
230. Good (2008) LINK
231. Funny People (2009) LINK
232. 500 Days of Summer (2009) LINK
233. Julie & Julia (2009) LINK
234. Gentleman Broncos (2009) LINK
235. Bright Star (2009) LINK
236. The Answer Man (2009) LINK
237. 2012 (2009) LINK
238. Motherhood (2009) LINK
239. Broken Embraces (2009) LINK
240. The Soloist (2009) LINK
241. World’s Greatest Dad (2009) LINK
242. The Last Station (2009) LINK
243. Cole (2009) LINK
244. The Boys are Back (2009) LINK
245. Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) LINK
246. Spoken Word (2009) LINK
247. Tetro (2009) LINK
248. State of Play (2009) LINK
249. Nine (2009) LINK
250. The City of Your Final Destination (2009) LINK
251. The Rum Diary (2010) LINK
252. The Ghost Writer (2010) LINK
253. Howl (2010) LINK
254. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) LINK
255. Sex & The City 2 (2010) LINK
256. Eat, Pray, Love (2010) LINK
257. A Closed Book (2010) LINK
258. Peep World (2010) LINK
259. Midnight in Paris (2011) LINK
260. One Day (2011) LINK
261. Limitless (2011) LINK
262. Young Adult (2011) LINK
263. The Help (2011) LINK
264. Twixt (2011) LINK
265. Anonymous (2011) LINK
266. Ruby Sparks (2012) LINK
267. The Words (2012) LINK
268. Writers (2012) LINK
269. Being Flynn (2012) LINK
270. Stuck In Love (2012) LINK
271. Sinister (2012) LINK
272. On The Road (2012) LINK
273. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) LINK
274. The Raven (2012) LINK
275. The Master (2012) LINK
276. The Best Bar In America (2013) LINK
277. Before Midnight (2013) LINK

As time rolls on, we will need to update this list. Feel free to add suggestions below in the comments. The list will be updated annually each summer.

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Ready To Write Parenting Articles? I’m Always Ready Too

August 19, 2014

I have been writing parenting articles for RPP magazines for over a decade. Writing regional parenting articles is a part of my business that never gets old for me. I skipped out on posting my summer articles over the break. But if you were looking for them, you can find them posted here on my […]

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6-Week Classes With Christina Katz Begin August 20th & 21st

August 15, 2014

It’s officially back-to-school time around here! Whether you are already back, going back soon, or going back just after Labor Day, it’s already hard to think about anything else if you are a parent. This is why I always align my six-week classes with back-to-school time. Because it’s hard for mom writers to concentrate on […]

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The DIY Publishing Revolution: Everyone In The World Is Already A Publisher

August 14, 2014

Nobody wants to say it, but it’s true. And it’s been true for about as long as affordable electronic tools have made it possible. You are already a publisher. Everyone in the entire world is already a publisher if they wish to be. You don’t need an expensive how-to-become-an-author program or service. You can become […]

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Wake Up & Write! By Christina Katz

August 11, 2014

Happy Monday! It’s a good day to…

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36 Reasons To Write By Christina Katz

August 9, 2014
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How Writers Can Prosper In Changing Times: Do YOUR Work

July 22, 2014

I have been writing how-to advice for writers for 13 years, and given all of the changes in the industry, you might think that I would have rewritten my entire handbook to adapt it for leaner times. But with the exception of adding advice on micro-publishing to my body of work, none of the rest […]

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