The Resistant Writer
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“A good copyeditor can win over a resistant writer. Approaching him as we would an abused puppy, we try to build trust. We ask intelligent questions that express understanding and respect. We assure him that our work will be transparent … Read More

Who’s Your Reader?
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We can probably all agree that time slows down painfully when someone is reading our work in draft, yes? Recently a writer friend directed my attention to a piece in the Sept/Oct 2010 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine. Kevin … Read More

To Outline or Not to Outline
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Maybe you travel with a road map, or maybe you like to wander a bit and see where it takes you. “I never outline new projects, so that’s the first thing to say. I sort of feel like structure is … Read More

When Anyone Can Publish
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It’s a good thing for writers, but is it good for readers? “Aspiring authors have never had more or better options for self-publishing the manuscripts currently gathering dust in their desk drawers or sleeping in seldom-visited corners of their hard … Read More

John Updike at Work
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Three drafts of the opening to John Updike’s novel “Rabbit at Rest.” via New York Times

Novels Go to the Dogs
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“Pick up just about any novel and you’ll find a throwaway reference to a dog, barking in the distance.” via Rosecrans Baldwin in Slate Magazine.

Habits to Nurture Creativity
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The number one habit: solitude.  The second? Participation.   The challenge: Finding balance. Read more at  Zen Habits

The Ghost Writer
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This is movie making! Writing, acting, directing, and editing—not special effects or gimmicks. An homage to Hitchcock—especially the scene where the note is passed. All so well done. (With the possible exception of Kim Cattrall who overacted and probably could … Read More

What’s it like to attend a writing workshop at Kerouac House?
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The Jack Kerouac Project of Orlando partners with MAD about Words to offer you the opportunity to meet and write with the writer-in-residence at Kerouac House. Jack Kerouac lived in this house at the time On the Road made him … Read More

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