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Don’t Confuse the Map with the Journey

I’m writing on the same day that Don posted his wonderful piece on journeying cross-country with his family. (What Makes a Journey.) He described how much of the trip was enhanced by the people they met—something that can’t be predicted by AAA, Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Fodor’s, or any other supplier …

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Your Pub Date is Not As Important as You Think

Today’s guest is author Tabitha Lord, whose debut novel Horizon won the 2016 Writer’s Digest Grand Prize Winner for Self-Published Fiction. A Pushcart nominee,Tabitha’s short story “Homecoming” was published in the anthology Sirens.  Her second novel, Infinity, the sequel to Horizon, released in June of 2017. Tabitha holds a degree …

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The Effect of Classic Treasures

Each year, in both adult and children’s fiction, tens of thousands of new books come out, and to keep up would tax the powers of even the most voracious reader. So why should we bother with the classics, books that first saw the light of day decades or even centuries …

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What Makes a Journey

Photo by Donald Maass Since late July, I’ve been on a road trip with my family.  Me, my wife, two kids and our dog.  We drove across the northern tier of States.  Fifteen of them.  From New York to Seattle, then on to Vancouver for a family visit.  As you …

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Should You Ever Write For Free?

image by Damian Kliman Writing is work. And for some lucky writers, it becomes a profession, a way to trade words for dollars to make a living. Freelance writers often work by the mantra Never write for free — it tends to lower the amount that publications and sites are …

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