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lauren-b-davis's picture
Aug.25.2011
So, while I'm waiting for the publication of my new book, I'm turning back to the work-in-progress, which has me in something of a twist. It's been a relief, frankly, to put it aside for a couple of months while I concentrate on the 'bidness' of publishing.  However, The Big Dog now wants...
talia-carner's picture
May.04.2011
  Benjamin D'Israeli said, “When I want to read a good book, I write one.”  But even D'Israeli, I am sure, also read books written by others—and enjoyed them. As an author, I am often asked for books I’ve read and enjoyed. I am also asked to read works-in-progress. Unfortunately, I do more of the...
diane-chamberlain's picture
Mar.15.2010
I’m a month and a half away from deadline on my twentieth book, The Midwife’s Confession, and I’ve had some requests to tell you a bit about it. Those of you who’ve read my blog for at least a couple of years might remember this picture. I love it and have it on my desktop to keep me focused as I...
diane-chamberlain's picture
Feb.26.2010
Plant. I’m nearly done with the first complete draft of my work-in-progress, currently titled The Midwife’s Confession, and if you were to check it for the most often used word (after “the” and “and” and character names), I bet it would be “plant.” Even though I’ve outlined ad nauseum, the...
anita-sinclair's picture
Aug.11.2009
So a little more than a year later I have gotten my undies out of enough of a wad to write my first three paragraphs of my blog and upload a short story in progress. I just cringe at the thought of it not being 'good enough' so I'm just going to pretend to be writing to you, oh my inspirational...
anita-sinclair's picture
Aug.11.2009
I have blog-block. Fear of blogging. I can write hysterical emails to my friend Stephen in New York all day long but the idea of writing about the same damn things in my I Have An Opinion voice makes me shrival up like a shucked banana skin on a hot sidewalk. Tonight I saw Julie & Julia -...
carol-i-hoenig's picture
Jun.22.2009
  Admittedly, I have a pet peeve about struggling writers who invariably ask authors during the Q&A portion of an event what their writing schedule is like. It's as if these newbies are seeking guidance on how they should find time to write. For what it's worth, I always thought if one wants to...
diane-chamberlain's picture
Jan.02.2009
My current work-in-progress requires a disaster. Hurricane Katrina would work. So would 9-11. But I can't bring myself to use those tragic events. I'm even uncomfortable using this image from Katrina. It simply feels too soon, with too many of the hurricane's victims still in pain. I recently...
diane-chamberlain's picture
Oct.23.2008
I started writing as a hobby when I was a hospital social worker a looong time ago (think typewriter and carbon paper. ugh). I thought that working on a novel, the idea for which I'd had in my mind from the time I was twelve years old, would be a fun pastime. After about six months, I decided to...
diane-chamberlain's picture
Oct.09.2008
Hmmm. . .this happened when I was writing Before the Storm, and it's happening again. As I wrote Before the Storm, the story unveiled itself to me in present tense.  I ended up changing it all to past tense (with the exception of the final chapter, which demanded past tense). (note: it's not fun...