Monthly Archives: April 2013

Clutter Control

“Clutter is the disease of American writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills, and meaningless jargon.” “People read with their ears, whether they know it or not.” William Zinsser On the bookshelves of many … Continue reading

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Insightful Instructions

“Obstacles are instructions, not obstructions.” Brian Tracy Hitting a writing roadblock is no fun. These potholes of the page can take many forms: We can find ourselves struggling with a thorny plot point or a character whose energy seems to … Continue reading

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Truth Telling

There’s something about a great piece of theater that thrills and mystifies. We see characters up on a stage and we know they’re characters and that they’re up on a stage, but somehow we enter into a different world with … Continue reading

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Publishing Pointers

“You have to learn how to pick the right idea, develop deep fascinating characters, write believable dialogue, build a world, create suspense, hone your voice, craft a plot with a satisfying beginning, middle and ending, edit edit edit, rewrite rewrite … Continue reading

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Playing Around

“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.” Arnold Toynbee After a major work funk yesterday and feeling pretty low, I rebounded today. How did I shake myself up and get myself energized and excited again? … Continue reading

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Writing Through

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up, for that is just the place and the time when the tide … Continue reading

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Revision Checklist

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” W. Somerset Maugham “Poetry lurks in simple language. Great story does, too. You don’t need big words or tangled phrasings or clever stunting to convey … Continue reading

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