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Author Quote: highly acclaimed Helen Garner

“I suppose there must be idiots who dream of signing deals with publishers while fully intending to drink martinis in cool bars or ride around on skateboards. But the actual writers I know are experts in neurotic self-torture. Every page … Continue reading

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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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AUTHOR QUOTE: Finding Your Voice

If your passions are strong and you’re a fighter, the question of voice is a superficial one. You are eager to speak; you only need the podium. That is, you need the writing technique. But don’t worry about voice. If … 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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AUTHOR QUOTE: Brian Klems

“I’ve often thought of chapters as acts in TV shows. When a TV show finishes Act 1 (which almost always happens just after something significant is revealed or an important question is raised), it goes to commercial break. Ditto for … Continue reading

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AUTHOR QUOTE: Lawrence Block

“Every book is a case unto itself, and every time we sit down to write one we take a plunge into uncharted waters. It is a hazardous business, this novel-writing dodge, and it doesn’t cease to be so after long … Continue reading

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AUTHOR QUOTE: Agatha Christie

“The best time to plan a book is while you’re doing the dishes.”   Agatha Christie, English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright  (b. September 15, 1890, d. January 12, 1976), creator of Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot  🙂 … Continue reading

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