Hearing voices


“I write only because there is a voice inside me that will not be still.” Sylvia Plath This week was fairly productive writerly-wise. I Had It All Under Control. So imagine my surprise when, during…

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Who Are Your People?


This was almost an off-topic post. It’s been that kind of week. Characters are supposed to feel real to the reader. As real as though you’d met them. Someone you might ask, “Now who are…

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Who Are Your People?


This was almost an off-topic post. It’s been that kind of week. Characters are supposed to feel real to the reader. As real as though you’d met them. Someone you might ask, “Now who are…

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Long Story Short


Writing a short story elicits the same panicked feeling that trying to turn my long-bed truck in a tight space engenders. Terror. Anger. Shortness of breath. The sudden urge to clasp my hand over my…

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Write Away


I’ve been in revisionist country lately, so haven’t done much new writing. The best thing about all this is that I enjoy revising. It’s so much easier than doing the rough draft. I liken revision…

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Ground Down


I made a sweet deal with my friendly neighborhood coffee shop. I provide a 5 gallon bucket with a lid, and they will dump their used coffee grounds in for me to take home for…

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Writing in the Open


I love doing character sketches. When the children were small, I’d take them on an outing and while they were playing in the sandbox, or the ball pit, or on the swing set, I would…

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Persistence


Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the…

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