How Much Do You Crave Success? A Writer’s 2015 To-do List

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It is Christmas season. If you’re a Christian (only about a third of the world population). What next for you as a writer? How much do you crave success? After all the grub, booze, and discarded gifts (or, at least, … Continued

Writing Is Unrewarding. Why Do It?

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Why write fiction? Writing is unrewarding. Not an item you would often find in a bucket list (things you hope to do in your life)—if we mean writing a novel, an essay, or a short story. But it probably makes … Continued

How Beta Readers Helped My Book

I sent my latest manuscript to a couple of beta readers. I’ve found them helpful in the past. I tend to experiment a little with the linear structure of novels. I’m never sure, though, if doing so would confuse readers. … Continued

As These Pages Turn—a Book in Hand

I tore open the cardboard packaging much too eagerly and my palms smarted from the vigorous peeling off of unyielding adhesive tapes. But it’s worth the rawness of a few minutes. I looked at this thing in my hand, dressed … Continued

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