Monthly Archives: October 2012

Kind Words

“Be ye kind to one another.” Ephesians 4:32 Today, I was fortunate to find my wise and wonderful friend Claire at home and we had a long-overdue catch-up over a cup of tea and a sweet. Not only is Claire … Continue reading

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Fan Letter

Here’s a fun and fruitful idea: Write a fan letter to an author you admire. I just did this and thoroughly enjoyed it! Actually, I wrote a virtual fan letter to Lizza Aiken, the daughter of the writer Joan Aiken … Continue reading

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Stress Solutions

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anais Nin “Taking the Stress Out of Writing” — as soon as I saw the title of this workshop given by a life coach named Diana St. … Continue reading

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Getting Better

“This is the kind of book story that built Grisham’s reputation as a lion of the literary thriller. The Racketeer is guilty of only one thing: keeping us engaged until the very last page.” USA Today Review Wow! Guess the … Continue reading

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Keep Swinging

Today was a rough writing day. I don’t know why. Maybe I was tired, maybe I’ve just hit a plateau in my revisions, maybe I’ve simply lost my way and need to get back on track. One thing I’ve learned … Continue reading

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Slow Going

Junot Diaz author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, just published a new short-story collection called This Is How You Lose Her. It took Junot eleven years to write Oscar Wao and this new … Continue reading

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Regular Writing

“Regular writing on a novel is absolutely essential. The plot and characters may be well established in your mind. But it is a constant battle to ensure that they are not swamped with other, personal preoccupations.” Joan Aiken, The Way … Continue reading

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