Reading Is So Not Dead

On March 13, 2015 By

I just love this piece in Slate showing photographs of New Yorkers reading books and insight from the photographer. As a writer it’s heartening to know there will always be a market for good writing, and as a reader it’s good to know I’m not the only one out there.

I remember taking [...]

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It’s hard for me to pick favorites—all of these are so good—but two that especially stuck with me:

“Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.”

“Whatever [...]

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Books for Graduation Gifts

On May 30, 2014 By

For birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, Arbor Day gifts…every bookworm loves to give and get books. Here is a great list from Parnassus, author Ann Patchett’s bookstore in Nashville, for graduating bookworms and non-bookworms alike.

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As a grammar nerd, I was delighted to see this article in the Wall Street Journal pointing out yet another way that good writing adds literal value to the professional world. The bottom line of the analysis:

“Perfect” listings—written in full sentences without spelling or grammatical errors—sell three [...]

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Dialogue is just one of those things you can’t get wrong. If your characters don’t sound real or sound interesting, your reader will not stick around. It’s a heck of a lot easier to shut a book than walk away from a real person who’s talking.

Some writers are naturals at capturing the voice and [...]

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Chick Lit Writer Meets MFA

On April 29, 2014 By

Great little account of a genre writer who delves into the MFA world…will she survive or will the MFAs forever pit themselves against pop lit? On the other hand, will the MFAs survive? Read for an interesting piece that raises some good questions and in the end gives some down-to-earth insight.

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If you’ve been thinking of writing a memoir or simply starting a personal journal but you don’t know where to start, here are three really straightforward exercises that will help you cut to the chase and focus on the most compelling elements of your personal story. Even if you are more interested in [...]

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I came across this blog post today on proofreading tips, and one of the writer’s ideas I really recommend is to create a “master consistency list,” a running list of how you plan on spelling or formatting throughout your book. This could include the way you spell a [...]

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Great Blogs and Sites for Writers

On February 4, 2014 By

Some of my favorites are below. I keep them bookmarked so that when I’m procrastinating at least I’m learning something or being inspired.

Writer Unboxed

Author Nathan Bransford

Betsy Lerner The Forest for the Trees

Algonquin Books Blog

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