Monthly Archives: February 2014

Unlike Athena

“Fiction, like sculpture or painting, begins with a rough sketch. One gets down the characters and their behavior any way one can, knowing the sentences will have to be revised, knowing the characters’ actions may change. It makes no difference … Continue reading

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Character Flaws

Creating complex characters is one of the biggest challenges we face as writers — especially when we create them out of our imagination. While we are often eager to showcase their strengths and skills, we aren’t always so willing to … Continue reading

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Human Condition

It sounded thrilling to me when I learned that Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel about botany and exploration in the Victorian era, The Signature of All Things, is competing with five nonfiction books for the Wellcome book prize, which is awarded to … Continue reading

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Wily Wilde

“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde Recipe for a great evening: a great book, great company, delicious pizza, and just enough imbibing to keep you feeling frisky and fresh. This was the mix we came up with … Continue reading

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Something Comes

“Inspiration usually comes during work, not before it.” Madeleine L’Engle Here’s something amazing: You can sit down to write and feel that you have nothing to say and decide that you’ll just say anything in order to have something to … Continue reading

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Wise Words

In honor of Washington’s birthday, also my wonderful husband David’s birthday, here are some words of wisdom to guide us: “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” “It is better to be alone than in bad … Continue reading

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New Paths

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” Dolly Parton For me, one of the amazing things about the Olympics is hearing all the comeback stories about athletes who may have stepped away from their sport … Continue reading

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