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  • Sian - as someone who grew up in a home full of addiction and all the dysfunction that...mpanies it, I get that instinctive urge to label your feelings as "whiny brat" mode, but I think your points are...
  • Hi Emily, Don't be scared and keep writing. What you're seeing is a culmination of rel...lusive in retail book chains because they still operate in this Depression Era mode. Support your libraries in an...
  • I tend to write about unsympathetic characters in the form of stylistic fragments more than conversation. I see them more through other characters, some of whom find t...
  • Hi Andi! You should start writing the query now. Writing the query will help crystallize your book's hook / premise / mission as you go forward. But you should not sen...
  • An agent asked to see my manuscript this week at an agency I've always wanted to represent me because  we share a similar political vision. The head of the agency aske...
  • Thank you Evette, for the words "as writers we have to write the story in our hearts, genre be damned". I struggle with assigning a genre to my work in progress. It do...
  • Hi Cate! It's ironic you mention Oprah's talking to other black actresses about their Hollywood experiences. You may not know it, but there was a big blow up on Twitte...
  • When I very first started trying to write fiction, I tried using unique names but found it tended to limit my vision of the character.Now, my habit is to give my chara...
  • Good post, and you are right, it is common sense advice.  Being polite and professional is vital.
  • Congratulations on your latest success. I appreciate both the common sense reminders (they do get away from us less self-disciplined writers) as well as the Astonish M...