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How Reliable Are They?

Helen Hanson said: “Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus. Muses are too unreliable to keep on the payroll.”  Have you seen the movie ‘The Muse’ directed by Albert Brooks, and starring Albert Brooks and Sharon Stone? It … Continue reading

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Until You Learn How To Do It!

“How do you become a writer?”  “You write.” Many a time we are told by our writing coaches, professors and other more experienced writers to write from the imagination, to write from inside, to write what we know. For our … Continue reading

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It Might Have Been

“Of all the sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.’” Those words were written in the 1800s by John Greenleaf Whittier. Those words form my mantra right now. I try to find a … Continue reading

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Fear and Freedom

Frank McCourt once said, in an interview with Writer’s Digest Magazine: “When I taught high school English and creative writing, I’d write two words on opposite sides of the chalkboard: Fear and Freedom. I’d tell the students that the first … Continue reading

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Aha!

Ronald B. Tobias wrote: “Ideas are like the wind; they have force, they have energy, but they rarely have much shape.”   Needless to say that as writers we are aware of the major elements of storytelling: plot, character, style, … Continue reading

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Winning The Lottery

“There comes a time when you just stop trying. Deafening silence means something. When a lover- or an editor- doesn’t want you anymore, you have to move on.” R. Daniel Foster I don’t know about you but I have kind … Continue reading

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“I’m working on a novel”

“There is no shortcut to writing a novel, or to rewriting it. No publisher will be interested in hearing that a first novelist has a great idea- the publisher would want to see the book.” Richard North Patterson “I’m working … Continue reading

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