"Writing is not just an act of creation. It is a process of self-discovery."—Cristina Istrati

Writing as Creation and Self-Discovery

  “Writing is not just a process of creation. It is also a process of self-discovery.”—Cristina Istrati Self-discovery draws many writers to the page. We don’t know what we think

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Turning Down the Screws

“Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.” – Henry David Thoreau in a letter to Harrison Blake, November 16,

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Not Time to Party Yet!

“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” ~ T. S. Eliot It’s official! This morning I signed a contract with Mango Publishing

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Micro Focus Revision Tip

Micro focus revision tip: Once you’re happy with the overall structure of your manuscript (maybe the thirteenth or thirty-seventh big focus draft) use the search function to look for is,

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Practicing My Weaknesses

“I’ve always considered myself to be just average talent and what I have is a ridiculous insane obsessiveness for practice and preparation.” – Will Smith I’m currently listening to Racing

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Comma Summary

I like for people to think I’m a punctuation and grammar whiz kid. I am not. I use cheat sheets like this. I also hire editors or ask friends to

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Not Failure

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill Outwardly, December looks like a failure. I hoped to revise Twenty-Six

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Reading Another’s Work

“To write is human, to edit is divine.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft This month I had the honor of critiquing someone’s novel. I read

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