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Aug.10.2013
Addicts and writers (and I realize those categories have an unfortunate overlap) are probably the most skilled self-deceivers in the world—and the best at coming up with excuses. As a teacher and coach, I’ve heard scores of excuses for not getting writing done. As a writer, I’ve come up with quite...
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Aug.10.2013
  The Moment I Was Bored: I was one of 10 writers asked to give mini-speeches to a gathering of booksellers. We were told the speeches could be about anything writing related or we could do a short reading from our books. The speeches were each to be five minutes long. Since the order of...
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Aug.09.2013
  The Moment I Took A Moment: I’d done my share of blog tours – ones I’d set up for myself, ones publishers had set up for me. With two new books coming out in the next few months – the fifth book in The Sisters 8 series and The Education of Bet – I was determined to try something different....
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Aug.08.2013
  The Moment I Won Something: Backspace, the online writers’ forum, used to vote annually for Backspace Member of the Year, an award given out to the member of the writing community who best fulfills the site’s mission of “writers helping writers.” One year, I tied for the win with A.S. King....
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Aug.07.2013
The Moment I Realized Something Had To Give: You can go along for a while, doing it all: you’re writing your book, keeping to your daily goals, you’re blogging, you’re revising, you’re networking, you’re doing every last thing the modern writer is advised to do to get ahead and stay there. And most...
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Aug.06.2013
  The Moment I Wrote A Letter: I’d been doing it for years, sending letters to the editor of the New York Times. None had ever been printed. All I’d ever received was an auto-reply email. Then, one day, I got an email from a real-live person. It was the letters editor. He said they were...
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Aug.05.2013
  The Moment A Copy Editor Was Frustrated: I received a heads-up from my editor that copy edits were in the mail. She warned me, “Don’t get upset if some of the C/E’s question seem insane to you. I think she was really reaching for stuff to question/criticize. There’s an entire 35-page span...
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Aug.04.2013
  The Moment I Wanted To Tear My Hair Out: In March I delivered the second book on a two-book contract. The editor was thrilled to receive it and said I’d hear back from her shortly. In June she called to discuss the book. She loved it but she wanted some changes. We discussed what some of...
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Aug.03.2013
  The Moment There Was Candy Involved: I’d been reading Sisters 8 books to my daughter’s class since they were in second grade. It was a lot of fun. The kids were into it and one boy even offered to give me a million dollars if I’d just tell him how it all ended. Then, in the spring semester...
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Aug.02.2013
“Writers who don’t publish are just muttering to themselves.” I can’t tell you when I first heard those words—or ones like them—or who said them. I can tell you I’ve heard them a lot. I’ve even said them a lot. For many of us scribblers, publication is essential. It isn’t fame and fortune we’re...