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So the other day, while at a welcome-home get-together for a friend and her partner who have been wandering the world (you can follow their adventures here), I was wading deep in the muck of my discomfort. I gulped wine hoping it would work its soothing magic and loosen my mental and verbal constipation so I could converse beyond monosyllabic grunts.
A slight drizzle started to fall, and I sought shelter beneath a tent along with a dozen other people. I knew most of them to some extent; they were former colleagues at the university…
I wrote about the idea a little bit in my book because the idea stuck with me. Now, two years later, I’m still quoting her, and I’m still struck by how often I find myself to spreading this idea to writers.
The idea itself is simple: Be generous. It’s worth something. But just like…Continue
For several years, I’d been telling myself not to participate in any more submission calls or literary contests unless they helped move my memoir on Nepal forward. I’m too easily distracted and had to keep my focus on my book. So I refused to prepare any more submissions unless they inspired me to polish a scene or a chapter.
Evaluating benefits has not always been straightforward though. One winter, I couldn’t resist a seemingly unrelated contest and worked on a lyrical essay that seemed frivolous at the time. But what emerged helped me discover a key theme I’d been missing in my book. I became a finalist in that contest but didn’t win or have my essay published. I soon realized that was all for the best. I didn’t want that piece in print. I found it most useful as a guide to help me rethink…
When I was writing my first novel, I was so excited to see my own words on the page that I ended up with several scenes that didn't have much at all to do with the main plot. After I signed with an agent, she pointed out this tendency to wander and had me cut a lot. I mean, a LOT. It was painful to hit the delete key, but I realized she was right. (Click here to read my post on what to do with scenes you cut.)
When you're writing a novel, it's important to always keep the story moving forward. If you go off on tangents that have nothing to do with the plot or aren't going to somehow tie back into it later, your readers are going to get confused or bored, and they may stop reading entirely.…Continue
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About the Author:
James E. Fielder Sr., a highway designer and home builder born and raised in Springfield MO, was an avid reader of science fiction who enjoyed projecting “possible futures” and engaging in lively conversations about many topics such as the space program, politics, future trends, and the afterlife. He was a motorcyclist, a bowler, and very concerned about the future of the planet. He passed on in February 2010 in Colorado…
Today’s Catholic Church faces a major decline, and a dramatic renewal is needed to facilitate positive change.
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There are several serviceable biographies about child psychoanalyst Anna Freud, who lived from 1895 to 1982. But as a fictional memoir, Hysterical…Continue