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Short Saturday: The Fiction Author’s Dilemma

I’ve been following Catherine Ryan Howard’s blog for some years. It’s almost been like watching her “grow up” right in front of me—from a sweet, sassy, opinionated self-taught self-publisher to a woman who’s gone back to college and finally attained her dream of being traditionally published. The blog—indeed, the whole website—has changed (not in a […]

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Short Saturday: Writer, Take Care of Yourself!

You know about eating right, getting plenty of sleep, getting up from the desk every once in a while (better yet, get one of those cool standing desks) … but because you are writers, there are other hazards you need to keep your eye on. Author Chuck Wendig should know. He puts himself out there, […]

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Don’t Blog for Me, Argentina

You may have noticed I’ve been offering less original writing these last six months. On Thursdays you’ve been getting extracts, gleaned from my own reading on the writing craft. I transcribe them myself. This was spurred by my very busy year (personally and professionally) … and by an email. Some months ago one of my […]

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Or You Can Be Grateful; The Story You Write, You Live*

I’ve been blogging for more than five years now. Today seemed like a good day to repeat an article I ran on my first Thanksgiving … Most of us labor in obscurity of one type or another. Let’s face it, that star-maker machinery has moved on its rattle-trap tracks right on past. (Thank God.) And […]

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We Now Resume Your Regularly Scheduled Programming

If you were here last week, you know I’ve changed my subscriber distribution system from the on-its-last-legs Feedburner to MailChimp. If you’re a subscriber, I believe you got that post a week ago Monday. However, it’s come to my attention that you did not get the next post—Thursday’s “Sampling Marilynne Robinson.” Nor did you get […]

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Taking Care of Business

Up until yesterday, I used Feedburner software to distribute my blog posts to email and RSS subscribers. This has been problematic: the company was acquired by Google a few years ago, and Google quit supporting the app. No updates, no tech support. The writing’s been on the wall. One by one, Feedburner has become unable […]

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Have You Found Your Voice Yet?

In the same way that it’s hard to define what makes a great book, or what makes great writing, it is nearly impossible to get a definition of narrative voice in writing. Impossible missions, however, have never frightened Your Editor. Stand back. What you hear most often is your voice is you. Your true self […]

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There Are Two Kinds of People …

You know how the winter wind swirls dead leaves around until a dozen of them end up stuck in a corner by the fence? The Internet is like that. Late last year it swirled two big stories and an advice piece together, and they got stuck in my office. :) The subject of this wedge […]

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The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

Several months ago I was listening to this NPR interview with Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, married singer-songwriters who form the core of the folk band Over the Rhine, and I was caught by what Karin says about inspiration: Whenever I get to this spot where this tupelo tree stands, I get some kind of […]

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Short Saturday: Not This One

There are days when I think I should send you all on over to the Books & Such blog and just close up shop. Because, honestly, they’ve got great content and they’re all smarter than me. But … I kinda dig my blog. :) So I’ll just keep bringing these posts to your attention. In […]

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