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“Revising Fiction” Workshop Scheduled!

Send to KindleAttention fiction writers: My annual “Revising Fiction” has been scheduled to begin on March 16, 2017, and is now open for registration. For those who are not familiar with it, this intensive online workshop is for writers with … Continue reading

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BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS

Send to Kindle  There’s a scene in one of the Harry Potter books in which Ginny Weasley looks up from her seat in the Great Hall and remarks, “There’s Harry. He’s covered in blood. Why is he always covered in … Continue reading

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Revising Fiction

Send to KindleLadies and Gentlemen, an announcement: The next online “Revising Fiction” workshop has been scheduled to begin on August 13 and is now open for registration. This workshop is for writers with a complete draft of a novel or … Continue reading

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ON WRITING AND GARDENING

Send to Kindle  It’s been a cold, snowy winter in New York, good writing weather, but I’m ready for spring. Right now the view from my office window is nearly black and white: snow, bare branches against white sky, and … Continue reading

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WHAT I LEARNED FROM J. K. ROWLING

Send to KindleGood writers never stop learning their craft, and the best teachers are other writers. My most recent lesson came from J. K. Rowling, a.k.a. Robert Galbraith. Very few books in a lifetime of reading have delighted me as … Continue reading

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Diana Gabaldon Interview, Part I

Send to KindleDiana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, #1 NYT-bestselling OUTLANDER novels, described by Salon magazine as “the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting “Scrooge McDuck” comics.” The … Continue reading

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What Writers Can Learn From Game of Thrones

Send to Kindle  My name is Barbara, and I’m a Game of Thrones addict. I know I’m not alone. George R. R. Martin has millions in his thrall, captives of the TV series and/or the books on which it is … Continue reading

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Are Writers Too Accessible?

Send to KindleLike most writers, I was a voracious reader as a kid. Naturally I had favorite authors, though they never heard it from me. In those days, before PCs and the Internet, the only way to contact an author … Continue reading

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Cross-Writing: Gender Bending Through Fiction

Send to Kindle  I read a good book lately, and it got me thinking, as good books tend to do. The book was RESTLESS, by British novelist William Boyd, and it’s about two women, a mother and her grown daughter. … Continue reading

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“Too Much Body Language,” She Said, Frowning.

Send to KindleThere’s a secret to getting a first novel published, and it has nothing to do with platform, connections, or the ebb and flow of publishing’s tides. Not that those things don’t matter. They do matter as secondary factors, … Continue reading

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