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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