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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: 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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Q&A: Is It Ever Appropriate to Hit a Guest With Your Toaster?

by Jean Foster Akin “Never rush your writing. Never rush your editing.” I know some of you are probably thinking, “Never say never.” I agree that the word never is very final, that it offers no wiggle room. I also know that never doesn’t take … Continue reading

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Writing and Revision: Two Happy Peas in a Pod

There is good criticism and there is bad criticism. Sometimes criticism feels bad because of how it is delivered, sometimes it feels bad because it has been delivered at all. Sometimes it needs to be heard, regardless. People—people who love to write like I … Continue reading

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The Long and Short of It

My dad was the director of the telecommunications division of the State Commission on Cable Television from 1973 until his death in 1991. Before that, he was the chief engineer of radio station WVOS in Liberty, NY, and held a … Continue reading

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