Archive for the The Craft of Writing Category

This is the work.

Matt: “Did you finish that Dante book yet?” Me: “Naw. Got about 300 pages written. Spent a month with my writing group reading through it. It’s bad—really, really bad. I’ve got to let it sit for a while until I’m better at my craft. I’m not ready to […]

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A Practical Procedure for Writing Groups

 Have you ever been part of a writing group that gave vague, sloppy, useless advice? Or a group that was so negative you felt your motivation deflating like an old balloon? In my classes, I have students meet in groups of three, four, or five to read short […]

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What I Wish I Had Known Before I Became a Writer

The Steve Laube Agency just ran a blog post asking, "What is one thing you wish you had known before you became a writer?" Here is their blog post: http://www.stevelaube.com/one-thing-wish-known/ Here is my answer: When I finished the manuscript for  The Company They Keep, I  drove to Staples, packaged up the thick […]

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Are You a Writer?

When do you know that you are --really-- a writer? When you see a picture of your book on Amazon? When you win a writing award? When you actually hold your first published article in your actual hand? When you get your first fan letter? When wikipedia decides that you are "notable" When […]

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