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michael-seidel's picture
Dec.15.2013
Harrison Solow's post about not being a writer disturbed me.  "She's not a writer?  But she writes so beautifully." Her thinking is clear and her statements are sharp.  I shared Nicholas Mackey's response, "I am a tad confused." Her declaration depressed me.  She gave good,...
harrison-solow's picture
Dec.11.2013
This was originally a Facebook response - and then formed part of a note to a writer friend. It engendered a lot of (civil) discussion, so I thought it might be a useful blog post:  "I'm not a writer. I say I'm one in the spirit of "Elinor agreed to it all because she didn't think he deserved...
scott-hungerford's picture
Nov.26.2013
The last ten years has wrought great change upon the publishing model.  What will the next decade bring? As a twenty-year veteran of the ever-adapting hobby game and computer game market, as a game designer and storyteller with over a hundred titles to my credit, I’ve seen first-hand how...
sal-glynn's picture
Nov.25.2013
(NOTE: Tell Kudu-Crawlin’ Red, tell Abyssinian Ned/Tell ol’ Pistol Pete, everybody gonna meet/Tonight we need no rest, we really gonna throw a mess/We gonna to break out all of the windows, we gonna kick down all the doors/We gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long/All night long/All night...
randy-susan-meyers's picture
Nov.22.2013
By Randy Susan Meyers As I waited for my first novel to launch, I was told by the experienced: 1) "Don't expect to get on Oprah." (I wasn't.) 2) Waiting for launch was "the quiet before the quiet." (Hey, thanks for depressing me!) 3) "You don't need to spend money on an outside publicist." (Very...
farzana-versey's picture
Nov.20.2013
"You know nothing about the business of writing," he told me.  Then came the details. How to get off. Get it off. Take off. Take it off. Book launches. Public relations. Publishers and their demands. Reviewers and their demands. Readers and their demands. The format. The cover. The pages. The...
david-amerland's picture
Nov.18.2013
What’s the value of the best idea you’ve ever had? This is a trick question similar to the one about the tree falling in the forest when there is no one around and the answer, unsurprisingly, runs along very similar lines. In the 21st century we know that everything is a square box. A person is a...
jill-jepson's picture
Nov.06.2013
The last time I left a party full of writers, the entire way home I thought about grief. Every writer I’d talked to that evening was facing some degree of grief about their writing. Too many rejections. A unpublished novel—or ten. Bad reviews. Poor sales. It seems as if there are a thousand ways to...
kim-packard's picture
Nov.06.2013
Imagination is important for good writing, but it is not enough, in my opinion; writers have a social responsibility towards different groups of people, especially those without a voice, even the dead. I guess this is the main reason for the advice that it is best to write about what you know but...
ashen-venema's picture
Oct.20.2013
This autumn is drunk with colours and fruit. Red-blushed, in their own sweet time, apples have been falling with soft thuds onto the dewy lawn for weeks. Each morning they blink at me, and shout – help, pick me up, the slugs are coming. They’re good for something, but did you know...