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Fiction writing

Descriptions … Or Lack Thereof

I used to believe that descriptions in books were a waste of the reader’s time. I’d think, “Get to it, already. I want to know what happens!” I’d skip entire passages — and sometimes whole pages — in my eagerness … Continue reading

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It’s Here … In Black and White!

I wonder how often the Fedex delivery guy gets greeted at the door with a big smile, only to have the package practically snatched out of his hand? Poor man! He looked a little startled. Still, I bet that’s not … Continue reading

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First-Time Fun

Writing of any kind is an intense, introspective process that pulls both the best and the worst from the author. After the paper/script/speech/novel is finally finished, the author is free to relax, secure in her knowledge that, for the time … Continue reading

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And It’s Away …

I just sent my short story to the publishers with the last edits. And, good news! Yesterday’s ambivalence has transformed into excitement. As I finished my read-through, I became enamored of my characters once again. I remembered why I liked … Continue reading

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Second Time’s The Charm?

After a long wait, the second round of edits arrived from the publishers of the short-story anthology that will print “A Single Touch.” Surprisingly enough, the edits were pretty minor. I’m pleased! I already made the edits. Now all that … Continue reading

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What Happens Next?

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” — attributed to, among others, John Lennon (in “Beautiful Boy”) My dad recently celebrated his 70th birthday at a party thrown by his wife and his kids (one … Continue reading

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The Name’s The Thing

I don’t know about other writers, but I do a BUNCH of research before I name my characters. First I google the name I’ve chosen to be sure he/she isn’t a famous artist, a reviled terrorist, my next door neighbor … Continue reading

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Eeny Meenie Miney …

Well, it’s finally happened. I thought I’d escaped it, but apparently I haven’t. It caught up with me just when things quieted down a little bit in my life. Just my luck! What am I talking about?

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Editorial Changes Make Me Sad

Recently, I received the editorial comments on my soon-to-be published short story. The story itself is 8,000 words, so it’s not really that “short,” but it still qualifies, I guess.

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Six Seconds To Make Me Happy

This is more an email kind of thing, but that’s still writing-related, right? I have a pet peeve. I get really irritated when people don’t respond to an email in a timely fashion. I understand that not everyone has a … Continue reading

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