Tag Archives: Writing

Outlines for those who hate outlining

There’s one thing we always hear about outlines and writers, and we hear it over and over: writers are either “plotters” or “pantsers.” But there are some, me f’rinstance, who do both. Like many who write by the seat of their … Continue reading

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Writing a novel is like…

…eating an elephant. You have to do it one bite at a time. No one seems to care how the elephant feels about this. The point, obviously, is that writing a novel is a big job, and you won’t finish … Continue reading

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Story Telling vs. Storytelling

There’s a distinct difference between storytelling, in the traditional sense, and telling your story, especially if you haven’t yet written it down. Novelists are storytellers; there’s no question about that. Some are better than others, certainly, but the job description … Continue reading

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Audio memoir–Part four

We’ve reached the final installment of the audio memoir topic of recording gear. If you’re not satisfied with basic, entry-level audio for your recorded memoir, you’re in good company. What, after all, is the point of putting in all the time … Continue reading

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A Word or Two About Attitude

I’m often asked why I teach. The pay, if there is any, is pitiful, and I usually spend more time preparing to teach than I do teaching (although I’m getting a little better about that). The answer is that I … Continue reading

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Arty rules are rubbery

It’s not that I hate saying it; I hate having to say it. Arty rules are rubbery. When writing, whether for a fiction market or in a memoir, the rules aren’t immutable. They weren’t etched in granite via lightning strike nor by vengeful gremlins … Continue reading

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Editing schmediting

“I’m writing my life story, and no one knows it better then me. So what can an editor do that I can’t do for myself?” For openers, a good editor can help you avoid looking foolish, and that assumes you’re … Continue reading

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