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Did you know that even as general literacy has increased, our ability to read and understand long sentences has decreased? Here are some tricks to make your sentences shorter.  Continue reading...
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How important is a slogan during a global health crisis like the one we're experiencing with COVID-19? More important than you might think.  Continue reading...
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The stay-at-home orders of recent months have meant a lot more time to deep-dive into etymologies, and this has led me to reflect on a thing I hadn't noticed as much before: English has a surfeit of expressions for the idea 1 + 1.  Continue reading...
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Third Girl from the Left started as the story of a woman who failed -- and it stayed that way. The short story that later grew into my most recent novel was quite a surprise to me -- but as I've continued to write novels, I've come to believe that that's how you know it's working. I wrote the story "Show Business" (anthologized in Mending The World) in graduate school. It in turn, had grown out of a short exercise that I did at a place called the Writers Studio in New York City, where I've lived for the past 21 years. Here's the first line of the story: "Every night, I dream of actors." And here's the first line of the novel: "My mother was an actress." In both cases, I went on to tell the story of an actress in the films of the 1970s's that are commonly referred to now as blaxploitation. Actually, the person telling the story was her daughter, who was (I like to think) rueful, wise and a bit more clear sighted than her mother.

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Blog Excerpts

Top 10 Blogs for Writers

Business writer and author Michael Stelzner has compiled his list of the top ten writer blogs. He says they "all provide extremely useful information for writers." See if you agree. Check out the list here.
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Blog Du Jour

The Writing Life

Want to know the ups, downs and sideways of being an author? These blogs talk about the writing life:

Rantings and Ravings of an Insane Writer

Paperback Writer

So You Want to be a Writer

Confessions of an Author

No rules. Just write.

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