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ricky-rivera's picture
Aug.09.2008
I just spent more than twenty years of my life as a writer. Nothing extraordinary about that except that I should have been a lawyer.  My father wanted me to be a barrister and I, myself, wanted to become one. But, The Fates are always more knowledgeable. Had I become a lawyer, I would not have...
gerard-jones's picture
Aug.08.2008
As I got to work today, all the repellent implications of Caroline Paul's "sometimes you have to approach writing like cleaning the toilet" became clear to me. If writing is like kneeling on the floor with a round-headed brush, then what exactly are the words in my first draft? Nothing I...
linda-jo-hunter's picture
Aug.08.2008
Do all writers have OAI? Hey! This is a serious disease. I discovered I have OAI in high school. As I sat in class I looked out the window at the big puffy clouds and imagined a whole world in them; a lake with an island and on it, a mansion with only cool people, horses, dogs, cats and exotic...
deanna-cameron's picture
Aug.08.2008
Some of you have asked why I don't include much about my own writing and publishing experience on this site, and my answer is simple: I don't like to write about myself. As a journalist, I learned early to remove the personal bits that can sometimes creep into an article . "Readers want the...
jeffrey-ricker's picture
Aug.08.2008
...over here,you'll see the cover of the anthology (co-edited by two people whom I admire greatly) in which one of my stories will appear. Not only that, but he's in there, and so is he,and he,and he,and he!Very exciting!
gerard-jones's picture
Aug.08.2008
At the SF Writers Grotto about twelve of us are in this mutual goal-setting group. We meet every other Wednesday, tell whether we met our writing goals for the previous fortnight (you get a star on a white board if you did, you have to kick in five bucks to a group kitty if you didn't), spend most...
gregory-wilson's picture
Aug.07.2008
Fantasy authors are deeply afraid of cliches. Or, more accurately, fantasy authors are deeply conflicted about them, either incapable of not using them or desperate not to use anything like them. Take a quick Google trip around the Internet and you'll find any number of cliches to avoid like the...
josie-brown's picture
Aug.07.2008
When is the book you're writing "the best it can possibly be?" And truly, for authors who have the support of their pub houses, does it really matter? This article, published in The Santa Barbara Independent, about Seldon Edwards' first novel, The Little Book brings up all sorts of issues...
barbara-mountjoy's picture
Aug.06.2008
As a writer friend of mine scolded, “It may be fun to chunk out novel after novel, but until you put in the work to edit, they will never go anywhere!” So I've begun editing the novel I penned in November, during my first experience at NaNoWriMo. (For anyone who hasn’t done this, I highly recommend...
ernie-j-zelinski's picture
Aug.06.2008
The Best Things Ever Said about Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation To help you along as a writer, here are the best things ever said about spelling, grammar, and punctuation so the three are kept in proper perspective. (These quotes — "quotations" for the purists — come from a book that...