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On selling out and selling

Something to think about:  A really excellent writer, who happens to be a friend of mine, spent the early part of her life as a writer reading and writing romance novels which she has since relegated to the trash bin as being beneath her.

April 20, 2014
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Attention to writing craft

Telling rather than showing is a clichéd piece of criticism in writing workshops. But really the advice to “show don’t tell” has to do with many layers of writing, not just with providing more detail as most novice writers mistakenly believe.

January 20, 2014
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Beyond any marketable definition

I just finished reading a New York Times Bestselling novel. It is written in alternating first and third person narration.

July 6, 2013
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AWP Boston 2013, take aways from the panels

Using Careless Speech for Careful Writing. Peter Elbow’s new book, Vernacular Eloquence: What Speech Can Bring to Writing, was the impetus for this Day One 9 am panel.

March 19, 2013
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What to do when you’ve finished your revisions…

Put your manuscript in a drawer. Write your next novel. With experience comes …well, experience. Oh, and wisdom.

February 25, 2013
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