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Telling Details

“The artist, having chosen his theme, picks out only those details that are characteristic and of value for his subject…and he rejects all the remainder and puts it to one side.” Guy de Maupassant Guy was a master at capturing … Continue reading

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Peppy Prose

Peppy prose: Energetic, colorful writing with forward motion that carries readers along is exciting and engaging. But most of the time, vigorous writing doesn’t happen in a first draft — it’s the product of revision. It’s created and coaxed out … Continue reading

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Conjuring Color

“The artist, having chosen his theme, picks out only those details that are characteristic and of value for his subject…and he rejects all the remainder…” Guy de Maupassant “Reaching readers, drawing them into a world you create on a page … Continue reading

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Runaway Rules

“Any fool can make a rule. And every fool will mind it.” Henry David Thoreau “If you obey all the rules, you’ll miss all the fun.” Katherine Hepburn As in any field, rules abound in our discipline. There’s the “show, … Continue reading

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Writing Resources

There’s so much advice out there: about what to write, how to write, how to sell what you write. It can seem overwhelming. But in the small ocean of books about writing, there are some that I’ve found to be … Continue reading

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Tempest Treasure

“The invasion of ideas cannot be resisted.” Victor Hugo This saying adorns the bookmark of the Tempest Book Shop, an Indie cornucopia nestled in Waitsfield, Vermont. Whenever we’re up that way watching Alex race his bicycle, David and I stop … Continue reading

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Free Writing

“Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing down on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually an excuse for not going on.” John Steinbeck Well, John … Continue reading

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Cliche’ Hunters

“Adam was the only man who, when he said a good thing, knew that nobody had said it before him.” Mark Twain I’d have to plead to the charge of guilty when it comes to using some pretty outworn phrases … Continue reading

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Paragraph Power

“I’m a great believer in the power of the paragraph. I think paragraphs should have a little plot, should lead you into something strange and different, tie a knot in the middle, and at the end do a little surprise, … Continue reading

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Cut Rate

“A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.” William Strunk Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? But slicing through … Continue reading

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