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One of the bigger fears expressed by emerging writers is that a huge wave of fans will consume their books, claim they recognize themselves  howl at the moon and send a nasty tweet.  I counsel them to consider such a result a very good problem to have.

I howl alone. I know this because of the handy graph on the dashboard of my blog counts the visits.  And I’d like to thank both of you for reading.

Readership used to be such a wonderful mystery.  I published an article in the newspaper and it was distributed to so many subscribers … Read more

How many of us study our reflections and focus on the flaws to the exclusion of everything else?  I have body parts on which I zero in on with laser intensity to exclusion of larger things that are pretty good. ( I have terrible, hairy eye brows and I don’t remember that I have pretty good legs and ankles).
We view our soon to be finished stories and novels in the same way.  On the second, third or fourth reading, our  manuscript reflects back to us with the accuracy of a  fun house  mirror.  We find two misplaced commas and … Read more

Sometimes starting a new book project needs a fresh approach.  Mind mapping is one of the many alternative ways to “enter” your book project.

I tried various on-line programs for mind mapping to help focus and lay out a potential novel or workbook. What I discovered was that when I created computer based mind maps for books or projects, the actual work of the mind map effectively distracted me from actually doing any writing for the book. I was happy to spend an afternoon figuring out how to make a circle or a square at the end of the “Parent” … Read more

I just read an interesting post from Sage Coen who commented that she was writing crap (my paraphrase) instead of writing what she really needed to say.  Natalie Goldberg combats this tendency of circular writing by breaking the pattern of her free writing and quickly  dashing “What I really mean to say is . . . “ and then writing more honestly from there.
I support the concept of writing deeply and expressively I really do. I think we should all write deeply and expressively.

By “we” I mean “you”.

I hail from Viking /Norman/English/ Puritan stock whose very existence … Read more

What inspires you?

I collect books: history, poetry and writing books, paper back, hard cover, old, and those I cannot bear to part with. I can run my hand over the book spines and remember exactly what is printed inside. I also remember when and where I was when I first picked up the book. Or in the case of Natalie Goldberg’s Wild Mind, I remember when I spilled red wine on the book and how devastated I was at the time, but I never replaced it. I keep the ragged, wine stained book on my shelf and thumb through … Read more

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