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When You’re Stuck: 5 Tips

October 13, 2017 12:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It happens to all novelists. Our story seems to be going great and then we get stuck. How to get unstuck? I have various ways: 1. I take a walk. Seriously. Because writing is an aerobic activity I sometimes need to get my physical lungs in motion to boost my writing... read more

What I’m Reading Now VII

October 10, 2017 2:12 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Reading is an important activity for a writer. Just as you become a stronger tennis player when you’re facing a crack shot across the court, you can become a stronger writer when you read great writers. In addition, reading a fabulous book is about as much fun you can have... read more

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President Price’s Inauguration

October 6, 2017 1:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

West Campus, Abele Quad, sets up for the inauguration. Image Credit: Duke Chronicle Yesterday – Thursday, October 5 – the new president of Duke University, Vincent Price, was inaugurated in a ceremony on Abele Quad in front of Duke Chapel. Vincent Price, Duke’s 10th President President Price came to Duke... read more

Five Questions for Authors with a Book Editor

Five Questions with Helen Barton

October 3, 2017 10:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Helen Barton is a commissioning editor at Cambridge University Press, one of the premier academic publishers in the world. Although the readers of this blog tend to be commercial fiction writers, a great editor is a great editor, and Helen’s perspective on how she works and what she’s looking for... read more

On Nouns

September 29, 2017 12:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Every now and then I geek out and have to write something ‘linguistic-y.’ Here it is: We English speakers are sometimes surprised to discover that we split our perspective on how we view things in the universe. As it turns out, we make a clear distinction between count nouns and... read more

Getting Started

September 26, 2017 3:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Title image: Facing the blank page Over the weekend, while discussing my blog with a friend, I asked what she would like me to address concerning the writing process. Her reply was immediate: “How do you get started?” She is a commercial real estate agent who often has to write... read more

Writing Op-Eds

September 22, 2017 1:13 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The op-ed gets its name for being an opinion piece that originally appeared opposite the editorial page. An editorial page editorial is signed by the board, while an opinion piece is signed by an individual. The term is also sometimes thought to be an abbreviation of opinion-editorial.  Athletes before taking... read more

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Narrative Medicine

September 19, 2017 11:20 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Title image: MK Czerwiec, aka the Comic Nurse We fiction writers sometimes underestimate the value of our own work – or, at least, I do. I sometimes have to remind myself that we humans understand our world through narratives and that if you can tell a good enough story, you... read more

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Cover Reveal!

September 15, 2017 12:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

This blog is the book cover reveal for one of my favorite new authors, Rose Vane. I’ve read two of her stories in manuscript form, but I haven’t yet read the one she recently sold to Carina Press, A Deep Dark Call. A gloomy manor in nineteenth-century Wallachia (the Romanian... read more

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American Sign Language

September 13, 2017 9:18 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Title image: Florida governor Rick Scott giving updates on Hurricane Irma. Note the sign language interpreter to the left. I’m sitting high and dry in Durham, North Carolina, living in a hotel, feeling a bit like Eloise all the while acknowledging that my hotel ain’t The Plaza. But that’s not... read more