Tag Archives: Writing

Write a book, they said. It’ll be fun, they said. *Writing a book in memes*

I’M TEACHING ANOTHER writing class, and I was thinking about fresh ways to look at the hair-pullling task of writing a book. Well, writing book*s* because writing one book does not make a career, unless you’re Harper Lee, and even … Continue reading

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I’m not being rude, Lady. I’m being quiet. You should try it some time. *On being an Introvert*

If HIDING IN A Blanket Fort with a bag of Skittles and a brand new box of 64-count crayons was a viable career move, it would be high on my list. My Introvert Level ranks right around Hanging Out in … Continue reading

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Make that leap. Cry a little. Change the World. *Even if it makes you pee your pants a little

EVERY ONCE IN awhile, writers get a letter/note/message from a reader that makes writing worth all the epic wrenting of clothing and gnashing of teeth. I hate to be the one to break it to you–once you get published, writing … Continue reading

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If you’re missing a rattlesnake, please call me

THE INSOMNIA IS really wearing on me. I’m getting a lot of binge writing done, but I’m not sure that it’s making any sense, and some of my murderous plotting may be slipping into real life, which might get dangerous. … Continue reading

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Patron Saint of Lost Causes. And Defective Unicorns. Apparently

I’VE BEEN TOLD (on more than one occasion and sometimes by random strangers) that I am the Patron Saint of Lost Causes. And when George R.R. Martin said, “I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples and bastards … Continue reading

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What First Love Feels Like: The art of showing, not telling

WHAT DID YOU feel the first (or most intense) time you fell in Love, Lust or your first terrible crush? I’m in the middle of writing a big, somewhat torrid love scene, and had to back up a bit. The … Continue reading

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Join me in my Blanket Fort. Bring wine: What to do when your writing sucks

THERE ARE TIMES when I’m either full-to-burstin’ with fantastical ideas and magically manic thoughts about everything under the sun. And then, rip-roarin’ to go, I find myself staring at a blank page and the fantastical ideas and magical thoughts just … Continue reading

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