The wanabe novelist blues

This morning I listened to a interview of the author of “The Lost Sisterhood” (see video below) and I thought to myself “*I* have a story about Amazons!” and I got a little depressed thinking I will never get it done and published because I can’t afford to be a starving writer (or my family […]

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I’m just not that into me

When Tolkien was trying to write Lord of the Rings, he didn’t have a blog.  He didn’t even have an agent.  He just had a very determined publisher.  It took decades to finish and even longer for it to be printed.  During this time, Tolkien did not go on publicity tours.  He simply continued his […]

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Getting Ready for NANOWRIMO

I’ve written two complete novels (neither one published, btw) with NANOWRIMO.  I think it’s about the best idea to happen to writers since the invention of ebooks. Everyone has a story in them.  Some of them are a little more interesting than others, but the great thing about NANOWRIMO turning thousands of amateurs into dedicated […]

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Muse Killers

When I am going through emotional trauma, I can’t write. I think that makes sense, mostly, but when it is over, I have a hard time recovering and writing again. I have to start with drawing, sometimes, or some other creative outlet. I wonder if other authors go through this or if it’s just so […]

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We Are All Sinners

Writers have definite rules.  We have Commandments, as I illustrated a few posts ago.  Unfortunately, we also have heretics, sinners, apostates (not to be confused with apostrophe’s) and zealots.  It is easy to become one of the aforementioned because not only are the commandments constantly changing–what edition are we on the Chicago Style?–they also contradict […]

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Why Sculptors are not Writers

After my long, tongue-in-cheek post on the Commandments of Writing, an event comes along that perfectly illustrates the importance of correctly using punctuation, or at the very least, using correct quotes (in context).  The case in point was the monument to Martin Luther King Jr. at the National Mall.  The plans had a quote from […]

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