October 11, 2017

Let's face it...everything we write is autobiographical to some extent. Yet, when faced with the task of actually focusing on ourselves...yikes! I was recently asked to write an essay about myself. For fifty years I've safely hidden behind fiction, and when cornered ab...

October 5, 2017

As a writer, I'm sure you've noticed that when you're out and about, people are talking, yet there seems to be no substance in what they're saying. It's as if they are simply parroting what they've seen on TV, newspapers, on the Net, or heard on the radio. This is why...

September 28, 2017

I've never been a believer in writer's block. I've heard the term used for over fifty years, and I think it's become a cliche. When I have students that use the term to explain a lack of productivity, I hit them with a piece of advice a favorite University professor, D...

September 25, 2017

Most writers that I know are tremendously perceptive. They see details that others miss or else ignore. For a writer, there's no going from point A to point B because we see the letters in between. Such is certainly the case for those of us suffering Trump supporters....

September 9, 2017

When you're trying to entice a publisher to take a look at your work, they will undoubtedly ask you to send them a summary and/or a synopsis, along with sample chapters. Most of the time, publishers like to see no more than a page. Imagine how many proposals they get e...

September 8, 2017

I usually begin my seminar/workshops by asking participants to write three questions they have for me. They can be personal or professional. then, depending on the number of participants, I ask them each to ask one of their questions. This is a great ice-breaker, allow...

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