Monthly Archives: October 2016

Writing About Grief

*Jean Foster Akin* Being hooked on melodrama is not the same thing as chronicling grief–even if the chronicling is masked by its insertion into the life of a fictional character. Those who have endured grief and write about it can … Continue reading

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4 Questions the Serious Writer Must Ask Herself

“A scrupulous writer, in every sentence he writes, must ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1). What am I trying to say? 2). What words will express it? 3). What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4). Is this … Continue reading

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On Querying Literary Agents

*Jean Foster Akin* A concerned woman approached me recently and told me that since her husband had uploaded his self-published fiction to Amazon, he was dismayed that no literary agents or publishers had yet contacted him. As adorably innocent as this sounded … Continue reading

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Writers: You Need to Get Serious About This. Seriously.

*by Jean Foster Akin* We’ve discussed mindfulness and its absolute necessity in a writer’s life because it informs the creative mind. But today I wish to discuss another extremely important issue for the Serious Writer. Coffee. Don’t talk to me about … Continue reading

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One Place on Earth You May Find a Heaven to Write In…or About

*by Jean Foster Akin* If Heaven exists, and many people hope it does, there will have to be soft white sand underfoot, salty air in the nostrils, the cry of seagulls on the ear, and the sight and sound of … Continue reading

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