Monthly Archives: March 2014

Publication Primer: 15 Points to Ponder

You can’t hang out in writerly circles more than a minute or two without hearing the topic of traditional publication v. self-publication discussed. It’s big; very big. And for a very good reason. Used to be, it was a matter … Continue reading

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Not a Snack, But a Meal

One of the fun things about writing in this electronic age is the opportunity it affords to meet all kinds of people from all over the world. In the writing realm, misery loves company — or maybe it’s a matter … Continue reading

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Oops…

My previous post about learning from the greats is a great demonstration of how great I’m not. That post was as big a mess as the kitchen in the picture. (That’s NOT my kitchen, mind you. I searched MorgueFile.com for … Continue reading

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Learning from the Greats

I don’t indulge in five-star dining very often because of the cost. But on the rare occasions when I can enjoy that kind of food, I really, really enjoy it. Great chefs are called great for a reason. Similarly, I … Continue reading

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Backstory and Characterization

Everybody has a history. Our genetic background, our childhood, our lifetime experiences all work together to make us who we are. Fiction writers know this (or at least, the good ones do). A fictional character’s history is called his backstory. … Continue reading

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