Author Archive: J.L. Newton

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Always Recycle

Always Recycle

“Always Recycle” The best piece of writing advice I ever got came from Bird by Bird by Annie Lamott. It had to do with accepting the idea of  “ shitty first drafts.” The second best piece of advice came from a professor whose teaching assistant I had been in English graduate school in the 1960s. […]

September 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
What’s Food Doing in Your Fiction?

What’s Food Doing in Your Fiction?

I’m mildly obsessed with writing about food, both in memoir and in mystery, so I paid attention when a blogger recently complained about the preponderance of food scenes in fiction, warning authors to give those scenes tension and to make them advance the plot. It’s not bad advice, although I think it more important that authors […]

June 13, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More