On Google, writing time, and short stories

This post on Alan Rinzler’s blog is a great reminder that even if you haven’t started shopping your book around, you may already be giving publishers good reasons to take a chance on you as a writer — or not. He offers a cautionary anecdote along with a few tips for writers (among them: be …

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Write (beyond) what you know

Many writers firmly believe in what they’ve been hearing for years: Write what you know. Not that there’s anything wrong with that — but I find that students who are just starting to write often find it difficult to branch out, to assert their authority as writers beyond their own experiences. At this point I’ll …

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Finding quality writing time

“I’ll never have it as good as prison again,” said author Dewitt Gilmore once told¬†New York Times. “For writing, anyway.” This New York Times article, “Street Lit With Publishing Cred: From Prison to a Four-Book Deal,” seems to be ¬†proof that writers do need rooms of their own: Gilmore (whose pen name is Relentless Aaron) …

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On cover art, translation, literary drunks, and more

While most writers know that book titles can’t be copyrighted, we have yet to see another Moby-Dick or Gone with the Wind. What’s far more common, as this site shows, is using same cover art for many different books. Doesn’t every writer love a good malapropism? This NY Times article reminded me of my days …

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