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Writing in trying times

Posted Jun 30 2018

One of the writers on the PRO list asked some excellent questions the other day about writing during trying times. She was referencing the current political climate, but I think the questions really applies to any trying times: How do we keep writing? How many of our problems do we bring into our books? Do […]

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Goaaaaaaaal!

Posted May 29 2018

Finishing the manuscript. It’s the big deal, right? The thing we all, every one of us, have to accomplish if we want to get published. But getting from “Once upon a . . . ” to “. . . happily ever after!” takes some work.  One school of thought is the daily goal. This daily […]

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Subtext: Microscope

Posted Apr 20 2018

We’ve discussed the big picture for subtext. Now let’s shift the focus! A microscope is a tool that lets the viewer see, in great detail, things that are too small to be apparent to the naked eye. Similarly, micro subtexts are the tiny “tells” that subtly cue the reader to understand the things that aren’t […]

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Subtext: Building Macros

Posted Apr 8 2018

Every year, when I teach literature to my students, I encounter three types: The students who have been to this rodeo before. They know about symbolism and extended metaphor. They’re ready to explore further. “Sure, the rose is symbolic of her love for him, but by invoking the Blake poem, the author is also calling […]

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Getting to the End

Posted Mar 13 2018

We have all heard the famous saying, “A journey of sixty thousand words (give or take) begins with a vague idea, a blank .doc file, and a sheen of panic sweat.” Actually, I kid. For me, the first pages of a draft are the easy ones — the exciting moments where ideas are fizzing, but […]

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