On writing fiction—inspiration from fiction writers

August 27, 2014

“Fiction has been maligned for centuries as being ‘false,’ ‘untrue,’ yet good fiction provides more truth about the world, about life, and even about the reader, than can be found in non-fiction.” Clark Zlotchew

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On writing fiction—inspiration from fiction writers

August 20, 2014

“I surround myself with things that belong to people, or photos of people, who I’ve really loved in my love. My reminder to think deeply and honestly, to feel deeply. That’s what I want to do with my fiction.” Amy Tan

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“Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers” with Carrie Brown

August 15, 2014

When I first read Carrie Brown’s bio on her website, to say I was impressed would be putting it lightly. She’s the author of the short story collection The House on Belle Isle, whose short fiction has appeared in One Story, Glimmer Train, The Georgia Review and The Oxford American. And a novelist, with six […]

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Ten years later—what’s the same, and different, about being an author today

August 14, 2014

It’s been exactly ten years since my first book, THE GIFTS OF CHANGE, was published. Back then, I didn’t know anything about the publishing world or how to best promote a book. Oh, I knew about writing—I’d been writing professionally since the mid-eighties—first as a freelancer for newspapers, then moving on to magazines and corporate […]

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On writing fiction—inspiration from fiction writers

August 13, 2014

“Where is the story? The story is in the dark. That is why inspiration is thought of as coming in flashes. Going into a narrative…is a dark road. You can’t see your way ahead.” Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead, A Writer on Writing

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Getting ready for my foray into blog touring!

August 8, 2014

Well, I got a much later start than I planned pulling together my pre- and post-pub blog tours but so far I have several bloggers who have opened their virtual doors to me and my soon-to-be-released short fiction collection,  TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER. Being new to all this, I looked at what some other authors […]

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On writing fiction—inspiration from fiction writers

August 6, 2014

“The tension between standing apart and being fully involved: that is what makes a writer.” Nadine Gordimer, Introduction, Selected Stories

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Writing Fiction—am I escaping “to” or “from”?

August 4, 2014

The subject of today’s post (which came to me this morning as I finished my first cup of coffee) is “escape” and how the word ties to writing. To be precise, my writing. To be even more precise, my fiction writing. I was putting together what I hope will be an interesting Q&A for the […]

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On writing fiction—inspiration from fiction writers

July 30, 2014

“…I’m sure even the greatest [writers] have to pull themselves up short by the shift key to remind themselves that it is story first that they should write.

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On writing fiction—inspiration from fiction writers

July 23, 2014

“I’m sick of formula. I’m sick of Hero, Heroine, Heavy… I’m sick of Characters. I’m going to write about men and woman, all classes, types, and conditions, within the limits of my own capabilities.

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