Monthly Archives: March 2014

Telling Words

“Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

As we move into warmer, greener days, something to delight us all: “They always called it Magic and indeed, it seemed like it in the months that followed — the wonderful months — the radiant months — the amazing ones. … Continue reading

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No Rules

“There are no rules about how to write a book and no one story about how one got finished.” Sheila York Oddly encouraged: that’s how I feel when I hear an author who’s open enough to talk about how difficult … Continue reading

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Have Fun!

“Have fun, and write what you love. When J.K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book, and my boss, Arthur A. Levine, bought the American rights, fantasy wasn’t “hot.” Children’s books weren’t “hot.” British books weren’t “hot.” And publishing people … Continue reading

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Use Adversity

“Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?” John Keats “Everyone gets a chance to be a hero in a potentially great story.” Ed Agresta Sure, … Continue reading

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Listening In

Consider how you spend your day: seeing the sun slant across the floor in your room, smelling that first cup of hazelnut coffee, touching your silky comforter with your hands or that small nubbly rug by your bed with your … Continue reading

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Sparking Creativity

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. Maya Angelou “You can be cautious or you can be creative. But you can’t be a cautious creative…Good ain’t near great.” George Lois, art director Wonderful, isn’t … Continue reading

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