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29 05, 2012

When it comes to writing, how much planning is too much?

2019-09-30T17:58:40+00:00May 29, 2012|Categories: Writing Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

If the first draft allows the writer to indulge in a carefree orgy of imagination, a Wild West of whimsy, and a devil-may-care series of experiments, then the editing process demands the writer to abstain, rein it in, and exorcise a host of demons.

1 05, 2012

In defense of the dabbler…or…why getting published might not be all it’s cracked up to be

2019-09-30T17:52:43+00:00May 1, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In an earlier post, I defined a dabbler as someone who has yet to write one million words while simultaneously implying that the one million words benchmark might be less of a milestone than a state of mind.

24 04, 2012

Writing presents an endless series of gambles

2019-09-30T17:46:22+00:00April 24, 2012|Categories: Writing Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’m not a master poker player by any means, but while reading through the first draft of my latest novel, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Friday night card games from my high school days.

10 04, 2012

Friends and family of writers, beware

2019-09-30T14:50:27+00:00April 10, 2012|Categories: Writing Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Joseph Epstein said, “Every writer is a thief, though some of us are more clever than others at disguising our robberies.” He was referring to minor counts of plagiarism—an apt description, a novel turn of phrase, a treatment of syntax that (with a minor tweak) we could pass off as our own brilliant invention. However, the thievery doesn’t end there.

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