Librarians and Writers

  I’ve always felt that librarians and writers have an affinity for each other and a set of natural connections. At its most fundamental level, the connections between librarians and writers grows out of a common curiosity and a love of books.  Ray Bradbury claimed the library was where he gained his true education. “I […]

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Writers And Their Pets

Writers and Their Pets “Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.”–Emily Dickinson There is a long and wonderful history of the relationship between writers and their pets. Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf loved their dogs; Ernest Hemingway his cats. Charles Dickens loved his pet cat, Bob, so much he […]

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The Value of an MFA

I recently read, as perhaps many of you did as well, the article called, “How Has the MFA Changed the Contemporary Novel?”, which appeared in the March 6 edition of The Atlantic. The authors say right up front, “We wrote a program to analyze hundreds of works by authors with and without creative writing degrees. […]

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Revision: Not as Orderly as You Think

  I recently wrote a post over at The Wild Writers about preparing to revise a manuscript. Now that I’ve clawed my way out of revision hell, I have some further thoughts. It’s fine, perhaps essential, during the revision process, to use a favorite checklist. It may be one handed out at a conference or […]

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Step Away from Your Desk

Recently I discovered something about my writing routine purely by accident. Lately I’ve been working less and less with paper copies of my manuscripts. Over time, I had accumulated a huge number of pages–mostly of completed novels–with no space to store them. I couldn’t reuse or recycle them fast enough. Sound familiar? In the past, […]

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The Mystery of the Lost Cézanne: A Review

Mystery. Romance. Aix-en-Provence. Le Français. Cézanne. What more could you want in one book? The Mystery of the Lost Cézanne, by M.L. Longworth, is the fifth installment in the Verlaque and Bonnet series. It entertains readers with all of the above, plus a cast of unforgettable characters. The mystery itself is set in motion with […]

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. (From Psychology Today)   Have you ever tried […]

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The Year of Long Books

  This has been a year of long books for me. Only three of them, but each in the 700-800 page category. I’ve finished two and put the third on hold. I can’t decide whether to abandon it or stick with it. I’d better make up my mind, because pretty soon I will have forgotten […]

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The Importance of Reading for Writers

A piece of advice writers hear frequently is to read in the genre in which you write. Sometimes it’s even, “Read ONLY in your genre.” I definitely take exception to that. Reading primarily in your genre is probably a good idea, but if we limit ourselves to that, we’re missing out not only on great […]

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