• April 2017
    I did this in my book ( one character comes in on the greyhound in the open and one leaves on the bus in the close both thinking much the same things) and I never knew that I was creating a circular narrative-- how lovely. Thanks for your thoughtful...
  • November 2016
    Thanks Bella! My first full length novel is due out in January and I've just been trying to figure out just the very things you've mentioned. Where to start-- what's going to make sense without a ton of backstory and whats going to engage my...
  • March 2016
    I really appreciate what you said about having to 'go there'-- not easy! I wrote a short memoir piece that was published really well received, so I decided to try for something more book-length. I found it really brought up some tough stuff, so...
  • December 2015
    Excellent advice! I recently went to PDX Writers editing workshop and the facilitator brought up many of these examples, we even took out all the adverbs from samples of our work and very few-- if any went back in!
  • September 2015
    Thanks Annie--great article. I've always been a fan of colorful language and I've never believed that using it shows a lack of imagination ( something I've heard a lot) that said --you can over-do it. A bar room full of working class people or rock...
  • September 2015
    Let's hear it for the late-bloomers! I too am an over forty writer with quite a few friends in that category too. My mother who's always been a role model got her MFA in poetry at 75. I always think there should be awards and scholarships for women...
  • August 2015
    I agree wholeheartedly--it just turns into a mess, no matter how nasty and absurd some feedback can be. I don't think there's a way to do it and sound at all professional. I DO wish people would really think about what it is they're saying before...
  • June 2015
    You hit the nail on the head--we don't talk about this part very often.... I just had another author friend send me an e-mailĀ  the other day asking if I ever questioned myself and worried that maybe her writing really sucked. I wrote back right away...
  • June 2015
    This is awesome! Thank you, I love that you're sharing this with us. I truly believe if we support each other--we'll succeed together.
  • May 2015
    Very clever! I've never had a pinterest account but I might start one for my book.

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