My Most Common Advice These Days

I’ve been a published writer for more than forty years, an author for twenty-seven, and a literary agent for two-and-a-half years (not to mention a freelance book editor and a staff magazine editor at various points over the years, but I just did mention it, didn’t I?). So, whether via …

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Fear and Its Antecedents

The coronavirus is the topic on everyone’s mind. Your community, your family, and even yourself may have been or could be affected. Maybe not by the virus itself but by the economic and societal fallout of the cancellations and shutdown of communities. Many experts, much smarter than I, are speaking …

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Fun Fridays – March 13, 2020

Happy Friday the 13th! I found this absolutely delightful video featuring Carol Burnett and Dolly Parton doing a fun duet. It’s about eight minutes long, but don’t skip through it as your smile may continue to grow. Enjoy. If you cannot see the embedded video in your newsletter email, please …

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Teased Hair

My mother has sported teased hair all her life. My beautician says they don’t teach new hairstylists how to tease hair anymore. So when I need to find someone to style my mother’s hair, I have to ask if they know how to tease it. I found two in town: …

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Our Favorite Typos

Writers aren’t perfect. This may not be news to you. But occasionally we read or create typos that stay with us. Some become favorites, prompting smiles and giggles (and maybe embarrassment) for years to come. I asked writers, editors, and agents to share some from their experiences. Here are their …

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Choosing Your Character’s Name

Choosing the name of a character in your novel is a bit like reading the book Where’s Waldo? You can search forever and never find just the right one. Creativity You want to be creative, but not too creative. You say, “It has to fit the person in the book.” …

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