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Thirty Days

“Thirty days and nights of literary abandon! No plot? No problem!” NaNoWriMo A heads up for anyone who’s been noodling around a novel project: National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo) is fast approaching. November isn’t all voting, turkey, … Continue reading

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Great Stories

“Every great story has a great problem.”   Dr. Rob Gilbert How true this is! As soon as I heard it recently on the Rob’s wonderful Success Hotline, * I knew I wanted to share it. To be honest, it sounded … Continue reading

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Just Write

My friend and mentor Dr. Rob Gilbert’s amazing Success Hotline (973.743.4690) is a constant source of motivation for me in writing this blog. In fact, his stories and daily hotline actually inspired me to launch KWD. I was thrilled when … Continue reading

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Immersion Diversion

A mini-vacation — sometimes in the midst of an intensive push forward on a project, you need to take a break; the trick is to give yourself a breather without losing momentum. I’ve learned that, for me, the best way … Continue reading

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Einstein Encourages

Albert Einstein’s Three Rules of Work: 1) Out of clutter find simplicity. 2) From discord make harmony. 3) In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. When I found a piece of paper that I’d saved with these three suggestions from … Continue reading

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One Question

“Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.” Marsha Norman “What you are aiming to do is beautiful and even noble.” Richard Bausch Sometimes it’s hard to remember that what we are aiming for as writers … Continue reading

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Roth Reigns

“Sheer Playfulness and Deadly Seriousness are my closest friends.” “Without a novel I’m empty. I’m empty and not very happy.” Philip Roth “The way he crafts a sentence — he just unpacks the world.” Aimee Pozorski, associate professor of English … Continue reading

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Inviting Invention

“Amateurs look for inspiration. The rest of us get up and go to work.” Chuck Close Chuck is a highly respected painter and photographer. I have his statement tacked up on the wall in my office, because it really grabbed … Continue reading

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Letting Go

“At the end of his life, the boxer Joe Louis said, ‘I did the best I could with what I had.’ It’s exactly what I would say of my work: I did the best I could with what I had.” … Continue reading

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Regular Writing

“Regular writing on a novel is absolutely essential. The plot and characters may be well established in your mind. But it is a constant battle to ensure that they are not swamped with other, personal preoccupations.” Joan Aiken, The Way … Continue reading

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