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“Prepare the Standard Rich and Famous Contract.”

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Of all the landmarks in a writer’s life, nothing ever matches the first time someone tells you your work makes them want to vomit.  For me it happened twenty minutes after I sent Dust, my first novel, as an e-query to the first of the long list of names I’d collected from the Agent Query website; I pressed the “send” button, my hand shaking with nerves, expecting to wait weeks or months to hear a word.  Instead, a immediate terse reply:  My sample chapters were “nauseating,” but they knew a tiny independent horror press who might like them.  (The tiny horror press was indefinitely closed to submissions.  Occasionally, I think the agent knew this in advance.)

Wunderlist: A great tool for writers

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I’m a list maker. There’s something about seeing the things I need to accomplish laid out that helps me focus. Keeps me on track. I don’t just make lists of everyday tasks, though.… Continue reading

One Way to Finish What You Start

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I sat down four times today to write this post. And four times I got distracted. Well, that’s not entirely true. In one sitting I managed to get a couple of paragraphs written,… Continue reading

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

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Last weekend I walked into my Border’s store. I’d barely made it through the door when I heard someone call my name. One of the employees who became a friend during the past… Continue reading

The Two Manuscript Dilemma

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by Darcy Pattison Did you know that when you write something and type the end, you really have two manuscripts? There’s the manuscript in your head and the manuscript on the page and… Continue reading

Are You Telling The Story, or Vice-Versa?

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by Tom Leveen I’ve yet to meet a writer who hasn’t admitted at least once that his or her characters are the ones telling the story; that the writer is but the humble… Continue reading

Dr. StrangeNovel or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Chaos

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by Bryn Chancellor Last summer, I stopped working on a novel that I had been writing for the last few years. I put it in the drawer, or on the back burner, or… Continue reading

Starting Is Half the Battle

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If you start today, and write one word every day, by the end of 2011 you’ll have written a flash fiction story of 354 words. If you start today, and write ten words… Continue reading

Hear Me Roar

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I was going to title this post, “Big Girl Pants”. But I decided that would invite too many jokes. (If you simply can’t resist, go ahead and leave your joke in the comments.… Continue reading

Fast Track Confession

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This post is going to be short and…well…short. I’ve got my mommy-nurse hat on today, caring for my puking child. Oh, were you eating? Sorry. Since my last confession, I’ve: Sent three new… Continue reading

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