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A week ago, a high school senior e-mailed me about my life as a writer. Her teacher is a friend of mine from grad school, and he suggested she get in touch with me for her senior project on writing fiction.
I didn’t respond for eight days. I watched the e-mail get pushed down further and further in my inbox and tried to think of what I had to share with this writer. This very new writer.
I finally wrote something this morning. I answered her questions, but I also rambled, unsure of what to say or how to say it or what wisdom would be helpful to her as she begins her writing life. Do you have a writing routine? she asked. Do you have any helpful writing exercises?
They were good questions, questions that people often…Continue
As a representative of the hybrid publishing arena, I attend a lot of conferences and sit on a lot of panels. In the Q&A portion of these events, the question of distribution always comes up. I wrote a post called "Distribution 101" in February about distribution in which I laid out the what’s what of distribution. If you don’t understand what distribution is, you might want to start there.
If you do understand distribution, this is a more advanced post to explain why, when it comes to print, there’s distribution--and then there’s distribution.
Ingram seriously complicates the distribution conversation for authors because it has two parts to its business—Ingram Wholesale and Ingram…Continue
I have a blog due today and I have not written it. I started a great one two weeks ago, well in advance of today’s deadline (she wrote while simultaneously patting herself on the back) but I went away for the weekend and when I returned to the piece, Writing wouldn’t talk to me. Apparently we were on a break, only I didn’t know it. Yesterday I tried to get back together with it, but it wasn’t happening. So here I sit, deadline looming, with nothing. Writing is going to teach me a lesson.
Ironically, the topic for my last writing class was this very subject. My students were very interested to talk about the so-called writer’s block and I was going to help them. As luck would have it, I even declared that I didn’t really suffer from such a malady and shared with them some clever strategies…Continue
The other day my mom, from whom I inherited my attention to grammar, sent me an email with a subject line that said "THIS CAN'T POSSIBLY BE RIGHT, RIGHT?"
I clicked to open the attachment, which was a photograph of a newspaper article about a sports team. The article said that "the team had sort of went down the drain over the season." Wow. I can't believe grammar that bad made it to publication in a major newspaper, but that's another story.
Here's how the verb "to go" works:
PRESENT TENSE: I go to the store.
PAST TENSE: I went to the store.
PRESENT PERFECT TENSE: I have gone to the store.
PAST PERFECT TENSE: I had gone to the…Continue
Civil construction of late has become a lot more advanced and rather complex than what it was previously, and civil contractors have started broadening their respective scope of work by entering into a number of sub fields, which equally demand a lot of precision and very high standards of work from the part of the civil contractors. With the technology advancing by leaps and bounds in the civil construction industry, the civil contractors are proceeding into sub-genres of the field and…
about what riled her,
the immense scale of
after meeting my imaginary friend, attending an important
meeting, where there was no importance at all, i drove
to see the fish, and met the capybara.
who was surprised? its hair all needing drawing,
nose a blot, and the paw resting so. so
quiet it was, perhaps a sadness. it stood
alone, as did i.
the little capybara, there.
i took no photograph.
In his wonderful book “You Are What You Think” author Doug Hooper tells us of a true story of two men; one owned a car dealership the other was an accountant Now this was at a time when the economy was a little slow and car sales were down, The other man, the accountant, had grown tired…
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