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The Write Stuff

The psychology of the amateur writer is a marvel to behold. Of late I’ve been reading quite a bit of fiction by aspiring amateurs, and the variety of contretemps in which they flounder is an ongoing source of … well, … Continue reading

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Turbo-Charge Your Story!

We would all like our novels to be as good as they can be. Nobody wants to publish second-rate work! The temptation, when one finishes a draft, is to sit back and feel proud of one’s work. And that’s appropriate! … Continue reading

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Not Quite a Literary Legacy

One of the dubious pleasures of retirement is that sometimes you unearth and then perhaps swoon over mementos that have long languished in cartons in your garage. The garage is not, of course, an ideal repository, owing to the not … Continue reading

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Running with Scissors

Over the weekend I looked at a hundred websites and made a preliminary list of a dozen literary agents to whom I might submit my historical mystery novel. I then sat back and asked myself, in all seriousness, “Why bother?” … Continue reading

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You’re On Your Own

Writing fiction is a lonely business. With the rare exception of collaborations, most of us write alone. There’s a lot to keep track of when one is writing a novel, and each of us has to take responsibility for every … Continue reading

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Cleaning Up Loose Ends

The process of writing and rewriting the Leafstone saga has stretched out across several years. The ebooks have been available on Amazon for a few months, and now I’m in the process of hiring someone to do the interior layout … Continue reading

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Vision and Revision

Not sure where I’m going with this — it’s just something I’m noticing. Twice in the past few weeks I’ve been approached by writers about editing their novels. That’s not a lot of potential clients, but I don’t promote my … Continue reading

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Details Do Matter

Once upon a time, there were editors. Or, to quote Cole Porter’s song, “In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking. Now, heaven knows, anything goes!” Somebody was raving about a YA fantasy novel by … Continue reading

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Fear of Rewrites, Part II: Mixed Motives

In yesterday’s rant, I seem to have assumed that writers who don’t want to rewrite their fiction don’t care about their readers. That was a mistake. I’m pretty sure anybody who goes to the trouble of writing stories or novels … Continue reading

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Fear of Rewrites

Over the years I’ve had occasion to critique quite a few pieces of fiction by aspiring writers. When I critique, I call it as I see it. If there’s stuff that’s awkward or doesn’t make sense, I say so. I’m … Continue reading

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