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warren-adler's picture
Jul.06.2012
For years I have been getting queries from writers, published and unpublished, who inquire how they can get their books made into movies. Most of them are unrepresented by agents or are self-published aspiring and hopeful writers new to the game. It is, of course, a crucial career question since...
jm-cornwell's picture
May.15.2010
My astrological chart says I'm not a self starter and I would have to agree. I am a born procrastinator -- on some things, writing being one of them. I love to write and can sit and write for hours on end, usually irritated that I have to get up and tend to nature's call or eat. I have been known...
richard-martin's picture
Mar.02.2010
1. I kept telling everybody I was a writer and kept getting offended when they asked what I'd written. I didnt know you had to actually write something to be a writer! So I started writing things to have something to point to when those rude people asked. And then it was too late & I...
penney-kome's picture
Feb.22.2010
It’s lazy, that’s why --  Overuse of indefinite pronoun muddies communication.By Penney Kome It’s the introduction to half the articles I receive. It’s supposed to be teasing, tantalizing, an invitation to explore its mysteries. In fact, it’s just annoying to me, and (I venture) to most readers. I...
thomas-burchfield's picture
Feb.03.2010
I haven't been around for awhile because I decided to do a little experimenting by publishing one of my old screenplays on Smashwords, which is one of the new online publishing sites (it took some work). The screenplay itself is here (and you can read it on your computer or your e-reader). My...
amy-d-shojai's picture
Dec.02.2009
The month of November had me running , and I'm still playing catch-up. First, the BIG NEWS-- I've a new book contract! This is a breed book on the American Pit Bull Terrier, and is due January 1st, so I'm typing like the wind to meet  my deadline. I spent the weekend before Thanksgiving in White...
thomas-burchfield's picture
Apr.05.2009
It’s been the best of novels. It’s been the worst of novels. Last December, with an ex-cub scout’s conviction, I made a promise to my wife that I’d finish my novel Dragon’s Ark in January of this year Outside, it’s a bright-blooming, blue-sky April, even in gray Emeryville. The days grow long,...
thomas-burchfield's picture
Mar.15.2009
(Fourth in a continuing series originally posted on Blogger/Blogspot.) I have just returned from four days in Alpine County, California. "Gee," you might well ask, "doesn't this call for another episode of ‘Them Thar Hills'? Another hapless Laurel-and-Hardyesque escapade about...
thomas-burchfield's picture
Mar.08.2009
The last time we visited this subject, I'd just finished Draft #2 on that upcoming smash-through-the-roof bestseller you are-of course--all going to read,  Dragon's Ark.  By the time of posting, I was ending a mini-vacation from writing and was starting to comb through the manuscript to see what...
thomas-burchfield's picture
Mar.01.2009
As I read the first draft of my novel Dragon's Ark for the very first time, I heard the critics' thunder rumble through my brain; my eardrums fluttered, my nerves sizzled with wintry pain: "Worst novel I've ever read! I've always been a First Amendment stalwart, but this vile excrementive...