Monthly Archives: April 2011

Young Writers

When Alex was about 14, he joined a cycling team and he’s been riding ever since. He was the only teenager on the team and he received tremendous amounts of encouragement and advice from his team-mates. They loved having him … Continue reading

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Character Quiz

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust Character cries out to us in fiction. You can the world’s best plot, but without memorable characters, a story won’t get very … Continue reading

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Busy Bard

Well, I missed Shakespeare’s birthday by a few days (April 23, we think), but I have a feeling he doesn’t mind. Still, I did want to raise an imaginary glass to toast his celeb status. Justin Beeber, beware! More than … Continue reading

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Still Writing

A fantastic evening just floated to me on a soft summer breeze. Thanks to Nancy, my wonderful friend and writing group buddy, I had the pleasure of attending a reading by Toni Morrison. A triple threat, she’s won a Pulitzer, … Continue reading

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Attitude Latitude

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” Zig Ziglar Zig must be a writer! His snappy little comment captures a lot of wisdom and packs a powerful punch, doesn’t it? Attitude is definitely a word with plenty of … Continue reading

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Encouraging Words

“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” Jean-Jacques Rousseau What a gift! David, one of my writing group buddies — and a primo critiquer — just sent me a wonderful note about karinwritesdangerously. He’s actually decided to … Continue reading

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Rand Rebounds

With so much ink being spilled about the languishing book industry these days, I get a real kick whenever I pick up a newspaper and see it peppered with success stories about books on wildly varied subjects that have found … Continue reading

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