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On Writing a Novel that People Call Political

Photo by João Silas on Unsplash I’ve been getting some interesting questions while on book tour. 1 – Do you plan on all on your novels being so political? And 2 – How come your novel doesn’t get more political? The funny thing is, these questions actually don’t contradict one …

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Writing Through Pain

Me, too. Pain – plus lack of a usable brain. One day at a time. One thing it has helped me learn is that, when the time comes and I’m relatively functional, that is not a good time to go read the comics, or clean the bathroom, or call a …

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Juggling Multiple Writing Projects at Once: Exhausting or a Bright Idea?

https://bit.ly/2lo42n8 Isn’t it funny how your average “lay person”, or non-writer is amazed at the way we can focus on one project for so long? But we’re up for it! We can go the long haul, and we do it well. What these “lay people” don’t understand is how obsessed …

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Light and Dark, Writing with Duende

I have been under forced confinement for an injured ankle for many months this winter and spring. I was finally getting back to myself and my routines and starting to reclaim my optimistic nature when— Anthony Bourdain killed himself. Killed. Himself. I know. You’re probably sick of the topic by …

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When to Put Your Best Writing Forward

photo adapted / Horia Varlan Put your very best writing on the first page of your manuscript, I was once told, and the rest will rise to the challenge. This is a good thing, because your very best writing belongs on every other page, as well. In fact, today I …

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Non-Verbal Communication in Writing

The last time I edited some of my work, I was dismayed to discover how many times my characters smiled, sighed, or scowled and how infrequently they used any other gestures. What, I thought, if my characters didn’t just smile, sigh, and scowl? What if they clapped hands and skipped …

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Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time (Summer 2018)

What are your submission or rejection goals for 2018? Inspired by Lit Hub’s 100 rejections per year post, I got 93 rejections 2017 and aim to cross 100 this year. Since my Spring 2018 contest roundup, I’ve earned plenty of rejections and published the last season’s responses in a fun …

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Writing Daze

Flickr Creative Commons: Joe Flood For Steinbeck, the week of 13 June 1938 started “unpropitiously.” He was suffering from a hangover and a sense of foreboding, the latter no doubt a response to the pledge he had made to keep a daily journal, an instrument that he hoped would keep …

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The Hack’s Guide to Writing Serial Fiction

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. The rise of ebooks and podcasts, and the decline of attention spans and disposable income, have made this the perfect time …

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