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I was carving a linoleum block at a summer art class. Everything was going great, but suddenly the knife slipped and I made a mistake. An unfixable mistake.
Ugh! Now the whole thing was ruined!
Then my instructor hurried over with some words of wisdom-- words I’ve turned to again and again in my writing life.
The mistake, the problem, doesn’t ruin the work of art, she said. In fact, addressing the problem is what art is all about. The problem is the art.
At the beginning of the project that became my book, We Are Here, I interviewed my uncle Will about his experiences in a Lithuanian ghetto during the Holocaust years. When my…Continue
Have you heard this one? A witch and a vampire walk into a bar and have a drink. They fall in love, but are forbidden to have a relationship. A conflict ensues and they spend the next three books trying to overcome prejudice, political malice, and murderous behavior.
How would you describe that book to a friend? Is it a paranormal romance? An urban fantasy? Vampire romance? Or would you call it plain old fiction or literature? The answer, it turns out, is it depends . . .
As writers, genres matter. They’re meant to serve as guideposts to help readers find us. For books that are traditionally published, …Continue
This weekend I submitted four stories to over twenty different journals. The stories were ready to go out. They had either been rejected and needed to be resubmitted or had been finished recently and had to be sent out. I watched my Submittable list accumulate. I entered my submissions on Duotrope. And for a minute I felt proud. For a minute I felt like I used to feel when I would go back-to-school shopping and would line all of my items up on my bed when I got home: shorts, t-shirts, folders, and crayons.
It felt like possibility. It felt like hope.
And then I spent the rest of the weekend obsessing over my submissions. It’s like going back to school, too, in that…Continue
In last week's post, I explained when to use the pronouns "I" vs. "me." Today, I'd like to discuss when to use the pronoun "myself," which I've been hearing used incorrectly quite a bit.
This is a correct usage of "myself"
Following are some common examples of how I hear "myself" used incorrectly:
WHAT THEY SAY:
WHAT THEY SHOULD SAY:
What kind of glasses are you wearing? Are they rose colored; meaning you see the good in everyone and in the world around you and that you greet each day with positive expectations? Do you see the glass as half full when you wear those glasses?
Or are the glasses you wear darker,…
Dad wanted three boys because he was an outdoorsy-type guy, an adventurer and “wanderlust,” but he got three girls: Monica, me and Karen. I guess God has a sense of humor, I heard him say one time. He claimed he didn’t know how to raise girls, since he was an only child back in…
Posted Thought for the Day, a Gail Caldwell quote from her 2010 memoir 'Let's Take the Long Way Home':
DO YOU HAVE SOME GOALS YOU’D LIKE TO MEET BUT SOMEHOW FEEL BLOCKED?
Thinking of trying some personal counseling?
Let me help you along the way. Together we can work to help you find answers to life’s little (or big) problems; and to help you meet the goals you set for yourself (or…
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My first book is currently in production with She Writes Press for publish date of April 2014. Meanwhile, while writing Book 1, I completely deleted a whole last section of the book, a continuation on how to use everything in the book on a daily…Continue
There are several serviceable biographies about child psychoanalyst Anna Freud, who lived from 1895 to 1982. But as a fictional memoir, Hysterical…Continue