Category Archives: How we read

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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New Mind-Altering Substance Identified. It’s Called Writing.

Send to Kindle  Fiction writers share several traits. Just about all of us were avid readers as children; and most are, or feel like, outsiders. We might have families and active social lives, but there is something in us that … Continue reading

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Diversity in Books

Send to Kindle  A group of authors concerned about the lack of diversity in children’s literature launched a campaign on social media recently to raise awareness and influence decision-makers in the publishing industry. On Twitter, their  hashtag,#WeNeedDiverseBooks, trended for several … Continue reading

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The Biology of Fiction: Putting Stimulus Before Reaction

Send to Kindle  Before we were writers, we were readers; and to understand how fiction works, we must first understand what happens to us when we read fiction.  When we immerse ourselves in an absorbing story, the real world fades … Continue reading

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Looking For Friends In All the Wrong Places

Send to Kindle  In a recent interview with Publishers Weekly, Claire Messud was asked a question about her novel, THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS, that she didn’t like. Would you, the interviewer asked, want to be friends with your protagonist, Nora? Messud … Continue reading

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Game of Words: Writing Lessons From TV

Send to Kindle My name is Barbara, and I’m an addict. I’m addicted to Game of Thrones. That’s not all; I’m also hooked on Bates Motel, and recently I kicked Downton Abbey, not through any effort or willpower of my … Continue reading

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