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terry-odell's picture
Dec.12.2013
On the audio book front: I’ve just signed off on Hid­den Fire, so it’s now in the queue at ACX. Mean­while, you can lis­ten to Find­ing Sarah, book 1 in the series. We’ve all heard the rule: Write What You Know. Cer­tainly doc­tors know about med­ical stuff, cops know...
meg-waite-clayton's picture
Nov.17.2013
After I read in the New York Times that The Golden Notebook author Doris Lessing, who won the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature, passed away this morning, I turned to rereading some of her writings and interviews. I hope you’ll enjoy these little wisdoms I’ve collected: “You...
libby-fischer-hellmann's picture
Nov.06.2013
"Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader - not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon." E. L. Doctorow I love that definition. Sensory detail succeeds when a writer uses the senses of touch, taste, sight, smell and sound to create a visceral,...
meg-waite-clayton's picture
Aug.20.2013
I heard on NPR this morning that Elmore Leonard passed away, and immediately thought of his wonderfully funny – and simply wonderful – 10 Tips for Writers. What I didn’t know until I read it in his obituary in The New York Times is his path as a writer. Bottom line: His breakthrough...
lorraine-duffy-merkl's picture
Aug.10.2013
I just got a new book published: Back To Work She Goes. Same small press as last book. Yes, I'm grateful. I'm also very busy now because there is no PR department to send out press releases, no book tour (unless I pay for it myself) and ...you get the idea. There is just me.  When promoting a...
jill-jepson's picture
Jul.31.2013
Writing Plateaus I have an odd hobby. I study Chinese characters. I once studied a lot of Mandarin (the most widely spoken of the Chinese languages), but a few years ago, I realized I couldn’t remember most of my Chinese characters. I dug up my old flash cards (kept in a box since 1983!). On one...
jill-jepson's picture
Jul.22.2013
I love the word “storycatcher.” For me, it says what we writers actually do. Not create stories. Not think them up. But wait for them. Nurture them when they come to us. Release them when they are ready. But what happens when they don’t come? When we feel like we’re walking through a story desert,...
marcus-sakey's picture
Jul.18.2013
(Originally posted at The Outfit, a Collective of Chicago Crime Writers, November 4th, 2009.)   I do maybe 30% of my writing on a laptop from various locations: in front of the window, standing at the counter, on the porch with a cigar. The remainder I do in the second bedroom we've rigged as...
jill-jepson's picture
Jun.03.2013
I love the image of the writer as warrior. In Writing as a Sacred Path, I explore the Warrior Writer as one of four sacred pathways for writers, and I have always found it the one that resonates most with me, especially when I’m facing a writing challenge. Writers are like warriors in many...
jill-jepson's picture
May.30.2013
The writing life is a challenging one. Most of us write while holding down other jobs, raising families, keeping our houses clean, and (hopefully) staying healthy and sane. Even for those lucky enough to be able to write full time, keeping on top of our various projects can be complicated....