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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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ONE GOOD SCENE

Send to KindleAttention Writers! I promised you a major announcement, and here it is. Before I gave it up to write, I was an editor and a literary agent for many years, and I still mentor many writers. Consequently I’ve … 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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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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New Author Study Shows Preference for Traditional Publishing

Send to KindleAn interesting study about publishing and writers recently came out, and one thing is clear: writers are not a happy lot. The study, called the 2014 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Study, is based on responses … 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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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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Settings

Send to KindleThe best way to sell a book has nothing to do with creating a platform or schmoozing with editors at writers’ conferences (though neither of those things hurt.) It’s writing a book that’s what agents call bulletproof—one so … Continue reading

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