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What Bugs Me As A Reader

What Bugs Me As A Reader

I finished a novel last night and I hated it! It began well, great characters with potential. Then, halfway through, the main character is shot dead. The family moves away and the husband heads off somewhere foreign to start a new life, leaving his two little kids with an aunt who never featured before. The […]

July 23, 2015 | By | 7 Replies More
The Passion to Teach, the Courage to Write

The Passion to Teach, the Courage to Write

Hands trembling, she skulks up the center aisle as if she is walking the proverbial plank. After she shakily giggles and glances around the room, I offer her a reassuring smile. I know, however, I’m not what she fears. Even her staring peers aren’t her biggest enemy right now. She is battling a raging beast […]

July 8, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
How To Ignite Your Creativity, The Artist’s Way

How To Ignite Your Creativity, The Artist’s Way

Do you ever feel as if your creativity needs a boost? You may know Julia Cameron, the author of The Artist’s Way, is a multi-talented artist and bestselling author respected for her simple and structured approach to helping artists across disciplines discover and nurture their creativity. Ms. Cameron’s belief that each individual is innately creative […]

June 30, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Creative-Hyphenate?

Creative-Hyphenate?

‘What do you do?’ I used to say ‘I’m an author’. Now I’m not sure. The challenge for many free lancers in the creative arts is to describe their occupation. Usually they have several skills in their portfolio for artistic challenge, variety AND in order to pay the bills. Last week, a 4 year old […]

June 10, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
How to Avoid Writing Burnout

How to Avoid Writing Burnout

Writing is hard work. We all know that, right? We take an idea, move it along, push it this way, that way, leave it alone, return to it, and sometimes scratch altogether. Once we’ve got something substantial, we tear it all apart and put it back together again. We offer our pages to the world, […]

June 4, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
How I published Four Books in Two Years

How I published Four Books in Two Years

For several years I wrote novels that didn’t get published. I wrote them, sent them to my mother or a friend to read, and then put them away. They weren’t strong enough; that’s what I told myself. And in retrospect, I was probably right about those early books. Two of them are collecting dust in […]

May 30, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
Making Time for Writing

Making Time for Writing

My life is full. I like it like that, mostly. So how do I find time to write? The fact is that the busier I am, the more I am inspired. These days the job that pays the bills is a job-share. I’m “half-time” GP / family doctor in Cambridge. I try hard to squeeze […]

May 27, 2015 | By | 4 Replies More
To Be or Not to Be Agented, That is the Question

To Be or Not to Be Agented, That is the Question

I never asked this question. Instead I asked how quickly I could get myself an agent. Unagented authors aren’t taken seriously, I reasoned. You can’t approach big houses without one and I wanted readers and a big contract. Getting an agent was the only way to achieve this goal. So I sent out queries, alphabetically, […]

May 17, 2015 | By | 20 Replies More
How to Tackle the Writing Wall

How to Tackle the Writing Wall

My first encounter with the running menace known as “the wall” happened at 1:00am on a humid July night in Wakefield, Massachusetts. My sneakers were slapping sandy pavement littered with discarded paper cups. The taste of the twilight summer gnats thronging Lake Quannapowitt was still fresh between my teeth. In the sixth hour of the […]

May 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
How to Plan a Box-set

How to Plan a Box-set

Late last year, I collaborated with six other members of the Alliance of Independent Authors to create a limited edition box set of novels. While collaborative efforts like this have been fairly common among genre fiction authors, we were not aware of another multi-author collection of contemporary novels. Why? The idea was simple. We wanted […]

May 8, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More