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AS HENRY MILLER COMMANDS

In the last week or so I came across Henry Miller’s Eleven Commandments of Writing, thanks to Brain Pickings. I’ve had some recent successes with a new to do list scheme, and have been writing more, if still not nearly … Continue reading

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WHAT ARE YOUR “TROPES”?

The word “trope” actually describes a figurative or metaphorical turn of phrase that swaps in a new meaning in place of the literal meaning of a word or phrase. You can get a clearer sense of the original meaning of … Continue reading

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LAST THINGS FIRST, FIRST THINGS MIDDLE

There is no law that says you have to start writing with the first line of Chapter One (or the Prologue, which we know is perfectly fine to have in your book). I’ve know that other authors write books in … Continue reading

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LESSONS FROM THE CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE: ITALICS

The 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style has twelve individual index entries under italics, and one of those items, “uses, other” has twenty-one sub-entries. So there are a lot of rules, but let’s look at a few that … Continue reading

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MY MEAN STREETS

I’ve been reading Dennis Lehane’s The Given Day and just loving it to pieces, but as I read it I can’t help but think about the author’s relationship to the setting: Boston, and how that’s shaped his writing. There are … Continue reading

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MY BAD SHORT BAD BOOK

I sat on a panel at the Chuckanut Writer’s Conference and the moderator had a copy of Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life by Dani Shapiro. She referenced the book a few times and recommended it, … Continue reading

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ONCE MORE WITH FEELING: A STAND-ALONE WITH SERIES POTENTIAL

For a long time now I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that every query letter you send out should have the title of the book you’re trying to sell plus these six words emblazoned across it:   . . . is a … Continue reading

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