Monthly Archives: February 2012

Having Fun

“This is writing. And to me, it’s always been fun. If it’s not fun, why do it?” Elmore Leonard Just love Elmore’s energy! And you can bet he’s had more fun writing than a barrel of monkeys, because he’s 86 … Continue reading

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Pleasing Patterns

“Writers are in the music business.” Don Murray “A story can be wrecked by a faulty rhythm in a sentence — especially if it occurs toward the end — or a mistake in paragraphing, even punctuation.” Truman Capote Our inner … Continue reading

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Portable Inkpot

“Charles Dickens wept, and laughed, and wept again, and excited himself in a most extraordinary manner, in the composition, and thinking whereof, he walked about the black streets of London fifteen and twenty miles, many a night when all the … Continue reading

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Living Proof

Every once in a while, I come across something that really strikes a chord with me and reminds me how important words are: how they give life and a voice to those who might be lost without their power. This … Continue reading

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Word Music

Driving along in my car one day with the radio on a while ago, I heard the lyrics of a song that captivated me. The name “Adele” flashed across my radio monitor. I’d never heard of her before (not surprising) … Continue reading

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Break Time

Wiped out. Wrung out. Punked out. Burned out. Pick any of these and you’ll have a pretty accurate description of how I’m feeling right now. I’ve been putting in some intense hours revising my YA novel over the past few … Continue reading

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Flow Time

I’ve been thinking a lot about being “in flow” because just the other day, I really caught a creative wave. I was in the midst of revising my YA novel when it happened. I was sitting in a library, but … Continue reading

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Distracting Distractions

“Writers are often asked, ‘How do you write? With a word processor? An electric typewriter? A quill? Longhand?’ But the essential question is, ‘Have you found a space, that empty space, which should surround you when you write?’ Into that … Continue reading

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“All In”

My dog Ryder hit the jackpot on our walk today: a big, juicy bone! Watching him attack it, I realized what total commitment is: he pawed it, chewed it, crunched it, munched it, and then licked the grass to be … Continue reading

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Roasted Figs

Roasted figs bursting with hot, honeyed pulp. The smell of sun-drenched lavender and rosemary mingling with the salty ocean air. When you’re creating a world in fiction, you want your readers to experience that world from your characters’ point of … Continue reading

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