Monthly Archives: January 2014

Interviewing Characters

Creating full-bodied characters — that’s surely a major goal for those of us who are writing fiction. Any strategy we can use to give our imaginary beings flesh and bone, heart and soul, is worth exploring. That’s why it was … Continue reading

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Music Maestro

“Let yourself fail. The idea that you have to be perfect on the first go is ridiculous. You never ask a musician to play a concerto the first time out — they have to rehearse and rehearse. It’s the same … Continue reading

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Bookstore Love

I love feisty independent bookstores, and not surprisingly, so do the owners of these wonderful gathering places. I just came across a story in Publishers Weekly by Josie Leavitt, co-owner of the Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, Vermont (I’ve been … Continue reading

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The Bus

“I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up. Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things. If you simply didn’t give up, you would outlast the people who came on the … Continue reading

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Beautiful Girl

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. ‘Pooh!’ he whispered. ‘Yes, Piglet?’ ‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. ‘I just wanted to be sure of you.’” The birthday card with this little story sits in a spot where I see … Continue reading

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Breaking Rhythm

Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you find a rhythm in your writing. You get into a groove and begin to make some real progress in a direction that seems to feel right. Everything seems to be perking along. And then, somehow … Continue reading

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Character Studies

For a while, I was on a Colette kick. I started reading about her life, which surely has to be spicier than any novel she wrote! Even so, she’s considered a supreme stylist — and often compared to another favorite … Continue reading

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