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Reckless Freedom

“…Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, … Continue reading

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Full-throttle Freedom

When  James Patterson was asked in an interview about “The Book That My Life,” he said, “I read The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman in 1970 while I was getting my master’s in English at Vanderbilt. The book’s … Continue reading

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Energizing Words

News flash on the literary landscape the Oxford  English Dictionary unveiled 1200 new words in its latest edition, giving the English language a shot of adrenalin. Here are a sampling for all devoted wordsmiths to ponder and perhaps even weave … Continue reading

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Searching Out

“Find out what you need for writing that will make it easier for you on this journey. Test it out. Try sitting or lying down. Write first thing in the morning, then late at night. In a café, at home. … Continue reading

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Slow Writing

“In our rush-rush world, if we allow ourselves to slow down our lives and our writing process, we’ll discover that we’ll connect — or reconnect — with our most profound work.” Louise DeSalvo, The Art of Slow Writing Slow cooking … Continue reading

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Good Times

“…find a way to make it fun.” George Saunders An evening out with my writing buddies is always a welcome treat, especially when there’s a reading on the agenda. This time around, we went to hear George Saunders, the author … Continue reading

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Big Picture

Whatever we’re writing, it never hurts to go for visual appeal and immediacy. That’s why I was excited when I came across an article on the super-helpful marketing site Where Writers Win by a young writer named Alex Strike who … Continue reading

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Mysterious Musings

“I work all the time! Seriously. I’m at my computer usually 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and sometimes more, because I want to be. I love love love to work.” Pam Redmond, interview with bookreporter.com One of … Continue reading

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Sensational Serendipity

“Serendipity: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.” Compact Oxford English Dictionary Just love this word! It’s derived from Serendip, a former name for Sri Lanka, and was coined by the English politician … Continue reading

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Attitude Alert

Here’s a wonderful story about Niccolo Paganini the legendary violinist. I heard it from my good friend and mentor Rob Gilbert on his wonderful Success Hotline (973.743.4690): Paganini was performing one of his favorite pieces before an adoring audience when … Continue reading

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