Tag Archives: Writing

The Death of Romance

In 1986 I attended my first writers’ conference: two weeks at Johns Hopkins University. All in all, it seemed the stars converged to create an experience that was memorable, unique, cherished. I had the great good fortune to study under … Continue reading

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Keep Mum and Write On

When I was working on my novel (which, I’ll admit, took an incredibly long time), I made the mistake of sharing that information with people around me. As the weeks, months, and (yes) years passed I alternately worked on/shelved/suffered over … Continue reading

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The Writer and Social Media

I want to be clear: there is writing … which is art and craft. Gift and mystery. Work. And then there is the “business of writing” that involves, well, everything else—from MFA programs to agents and publishers and deals and walls … Continue reading

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From Writing To Retail

I’ve finished my novel. The short story that gave birth to my book’s central character is only a memory. The man in that story has evolved considerably. He’s deeper, more fully drawn. His suffering is more complex. Behind me are … Continue reading

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The Lost Art

A friend of ours recently moved from Chicago to New Mexico. His wife is a physician and will work the next few years on an Indian reservation there. These are two really interesting people. He lived and worked in Micronesia. … Continue reading

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Write What You Know (Right, What You Know)

Today, I am entering the World of Edit. Although I’ve made revisions a thousand times over-each time I opened the document-I’m now on the third pass, serious pass, of the manuscript I will turn over to my publisher. I’m learning … Continue reading

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Reflections on Writing by an Artist

I’m sharing images of artwork by my friend, Kelly O’Brien.  They hang on my wall and sit on my desktop (a real wooden desk-not my Mac) tormenting me. Double click on each image to enlarge.

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