Love writing, but having a hard time revving up your motor? Then relax: help is at hand!

The goal of Writing Dangerously is simple: motivation. Pushing myself and anyone who joins me to write more and keep going – to break through to the next level. Like the half life of an atom, many of my projects seem to divide into ever smaller pieces. Sound familiar? So actually finishing projects – and encouraging other writers do the same — is a big focus.

Every day, I’ll be sharing motivational tips, writing advice and lore I’ve gathered, helpful resources, ideas that work for me, and anything else I can think of to juice up my writing life – and yours as well. So slip on your hiking boots and let’s start climbing!

About Me

When I was about four, my father gave me a legal pad and a pencil. My first gig: taking down a letter to his imaginary editor, Mrs. Pumpernickel, asking for — what else? – more money! No matter that I couldn’t read or spell yet – I wrote the letter anyway! I’ve been hooked on writing ever since. I am the author of four how-to guides and have been published by Penguin Random House, Henry Holt, and McGraw-Hill.

I’ve just completed a major revision of my debut novel, Britomar and the Forest of No Return, a middle-grade fantasy and am actively submitting it for representation. Britomar follows the adventures of a 12-year-old medieval tree whisperer and reluctant knight-in-training who struggles with her unexpected destiny: battling the forces of decay to restore harmony to a fragile world. She leaves home a girl and returns a leader.

You can contact me at: karin.abarbanel@gmail.com.

8 Responses to About

  1. Hi Steve,

    Thanks so much for your encouragement as I launched my motivational blog for writers — hope you’re still reading!

    Write on! Karin

  2. Kim Galvani says:

    Wonderful website you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any user discussion forums that cover the same topics talked about here? I’d really love to be a part of online community where I can get suggestions from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Bless you!

    • Hi Kim,

      Thanks so much for your kind words! In answer to your question, here are a few sites
      you might check out: Authonomy, Book Country, WritersCafe.org, BlogHer, and Protagonize.
      Your question inspired me to write a post about these sites called “Writing Communities” —
      I hope you’ll take a look at it and find it helpful.

      Write on!

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  4. Tara Moyle says:

    Wow. Besides being one of the nicest people in the world, Karin Abarbanel is an exceptional editorial wizard. She took the structural nightmare that was my poetry chapbook draft, and Indexed carded it into order, after careful thought and consideration. I’m sitting here stunned that there just might be hope for my chaos, and humbled to know people like Karin!

    • Hi Tara,

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I really enjoyed our brainstorming
      session and I’m so excited about your chapbook — can’t wait to see it!
      And thanks for the “editorial wizard” title — I love it!

      Write on,

  5. Kimberley says:

    Hi Karin, it has been a pleasure listening to you at the seminars with Dr.Gilbert and I love reading your daily blogs. I have started writing my book, 500 pages everyday since Monday and look forward to chatting with more in the near future!! You are an amazing spirited woman! Have a fabulous day and hopefully see you tonight!

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