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Author Quote: Taking Writing Advice

“Have humility. Older/more ­experienced/more convincing writers may offer rules and varieties of advice. ­Consider what they say. However, don’t automatically give them charge of your brain, or anything else – they might be bitter, twisted, burned-out, manipulative, or just not … Continue reading

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“Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!”

by Jean Foster Akin It lifted my heart to see the wonder expressed by my fellow hominids over the Great American Eclipse on August 21, 2017. Of course, there were way too many panicky bipeds who threw up frantic warnings … Continue reading

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If you can tell stories…

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write. – Somerset Maugham       posted by Jean Foster Akin Photo by JFA, 2007

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…to Power, to Enthusiasm…

I invite you not to cheap joys, to the flutter of gratified vanity, to a sleek and rosy comfort; no, but to bareness, to power, to enthusiasm, to the mountain of vision, to true and natural supremacy, to the society … Continue reading

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No Perfect First Chapters, a quote from the indomitable Leonard Bishop

In the vast and various realm of ‘how-to-write guides’ there is no law, canon, edict, ukase, tenet or rule that declares that the writer must begin at the beginning of the novel he wants to write. The only fully functional … 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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Author Quote: FRED EAST

“If you tell readers that Bill Beezley is a brutal-faced, loose-lipped bully with snake’s blood in his veins, the readers’ reaction may be, “Oh, yeah!” But if you show the readers Bill Beezley raking the bloodied flanks of his weary, … Continue reading

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