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THE KILLER NASHVILLE PANELS

Within the next week, I will sit on two “expert” panels at a writer’s conference. I only put expert in quotes because I’ll be on them.  In one, I may sit near the renowned Anne Perry as well as other people who have significant authorial chops. To say nothing of copious sitting-on-a-panel chops. I have […]

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GLAD THAT’S OVER!

For the past thirty days, I’ve been consumed by a story. A contemporary cozy, to be exact. This afternoon, after 77588 words, I typed ###: the end. Boy, I’m glad that’s over! But that’s just the first draft. Now comes the hard part: editing. I plan to let it sit for a week or so, […]

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WHEN TO TAKE WRITING ADVICE

As a writer, I’m always looking for ways to improve my work. It could be something simple like deleting semicolons (to which I am devoted), or it could be something as complex as a plot line or character that’s weak and needs work. Writing a book of any sort is really not an individual effort. […]

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CONSIDER THE CHAPBOOK

I recently encountered a European outfit that printed only chapbooks. Until that moment, I had considered the chapbook – a small, up to forty page book usually dealing with one subject – a rather rustic but delicate and precious conceit by poets who had nothing better to do. They often have a hand-made, temporary, recycled […]

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AWP CONVENTION: LITERARY FICTION ON DISPLAY

March 9, 2018. The Association of Writers and Writing Programs annually produces the largest writing convention in North America. Roughly 12,000 attendees have come to Tampa, Florida’s massive waterfront Convention Center this weekend. for three days of literary fiction, poetry, panels, discussions, and schmoozing. Over 800 university and private publishers, and writing programs are represented, […]