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  • Julie-- As a college history major, I was also lamenting the loss of letters --- but, thanks to the NSA, maybe all those emails will be available ;-)  Just kidding, although I sometimes slip into letter writing mode in emails, my Millennial sons' emails can only be described as "terse".
  • Hey Lydia, I feel for you. There’s a lot of demand on our time and space, so it’s tough to carve out ‘a room of one’s own.’ The time you had at Wellspring House seem...
  • Thanks for this thoughtful and important posting, Deborah. I imagine that your thought...I wouldn't write about anything happening in real time, only in retrospect. A Modern Love column I wrote a few w...
  • Oh, Maria, you're my new She Writes idol for this post! The errors you list have long been major bugaboos for me; they drive me wild! Another that hasn't yet been ment...
  • I have a spreadsheet.  Each chapter gets a line:  Chapter overview, characters, conflict (major/minor), wordcount, status (rough draft/draft/polished.)  I learned this at a conference.  I can't tell you how much it helps keep me on track. 
  • Rewriting is certainly when I discover what it is I'm truly trying to say . . . .  Such a painfully sloppy process.  If only my brain would deliver the truth of the na...
  • @Tony I'm working on the piece that will get into the details now -- in short the advance was good (five figures), the house was major, and the editor was smart. But w...
  • Lynne, I appreciate your comments. The issue I have with AS is that they're presenting under the banner of major publishing houses and yet they don't vet or treat the...
  • Hi Rachel, I am a survivor and sometimes I find it hard to admit without tearing up.  It is still hard to confront and think about all these years later.  Thanks for y...
  • Well whether we believe there is a separation between Literary Fiction and Commercial Fiction or not, there is. The separation comes from what will remain in the Canon...