Monthly Archives: October 2013

30 Minutes

Here’s an idea for improving our writing craft that’s worth considering: Spend from 30 minutes to an hour a day reading one of the “greats” — authors whose writing you truly admire and whose works have stood the test of … Continue reading

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Voice Lessons

“This book, the one I have found alternately difficult and exhilarating to write, is, in fact, writing itself. It reminds me that while I may hope to have a voice, my real business is to give voice, to allow what … Continue reading

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Noodling Around

“Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.” Lorraine Hansberry Noodling around — that’s my way of describing what I’m doing right now. I’m at a point where I think I need to make some more revisions on my YA … Continue reading

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Keep Swinging

They called him the “Yankee Clipper” because of his swift, easy grace and “Joltin’ Joe” because of his amazing fielding and hitting. But what Joe DiMaggio is best known for — what’s made him a legend, not just among Yankee … Continue reading

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Step Lively

Let’s face it, sometimes you just need to get out of your own head and away from the page for a while, so you can return refreshed and ready for action. When you hit one of these lulls, one of … Continue reading

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Word Feast

“I like poems that kick me in the face.” Stan We had Halloween-inspired spiced pumpkin min-cupcakes at our monthly Poetry Study Group (I think of it as PSE & G: Poetry Study & Enjoyment Group), but we really were feasting … Continue reading

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Life Changer

“Those who do not have the power over the story that dominates their lives — power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless, because they cannot think new … Continue reading

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Procrastination Visitation

“Procrastination is getting ready to get ready.” Dr. Rob Gilbert This is a favorite quote of Rob’s on his Success Hotline (973.743.4690). Getting ready to get ready. I’m sure we all know the feeling: you know you should be doing … Continue reading

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Grisham Coaches

Mmmm…not a bad neighbor to have: John Grisham. Author Tony Vanderwarker is lucky enough to live near the mega-successful writer and with John’s coaching help, Tony spent two years crafting a novel called Sleeping Dogs. He also wrote a memoir … Continue reading

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Magical Mastery

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than in the company of that titan of Broadway, Tennessee Williams? There’s a magical, mystical inner reality to live theatre that always takes my breath away. And when you combine great writing, … Continue reading

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