19 Jan, 2017

The Craftsmanship of Editing

January 19th, 2017|Tags: |

  It never fails to amaze me, even after so many years of working with texts, that, no matter how often you go over the same text, you still find [...]

25 Nov, 2014

Why a Real Life Story is Never the Whole Story

November 25th, 2014|Tags: , |

A drab and wet November morning--perfect for revising at the Royal Coffee House. Monday evening two weeks ago I wrote a story. I wrote it sitting in my car, with [...]

17 Feb, 2014

Dump those Qualifiers and Modifiers

February 17th, 2014|Tags: |

One insight from  Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones has already affected how I write. Here it is: "In the early seventies there was a study done on women and language [...]

20 Jan, 2014

Cut and Tape a Text

January 20th, 2014|Tags: , |

I love the cut and paste feature of Word, but every now and then, I resort to scissors and tape to arrange a text. Whenever I struggle with structure, I [...]

6 May, 2013

Patience, A Writer Must Have

May 6th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Patience, the trees seem to say, we're not ready to be green yet. My kids have been into Yoda lately, thus my inverted title, but I really feel that Yoda's [...]

22 Jan, 2013

The Paramedic Method

January 22nd, 2013|Tags: , |

I'm still struggling with trimming an essay to meet word count (this essay's parking lot is full!), and so I decided to employ the Paramedic Method that I teach in my [...]

14 Jan, 2013

The Beauty of the Parking Lot

January 14th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Luc-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, June 2009 Ok, so this parking lot is beautiful because it is a) on the Normandy Coast of France, and b) features a sunset. I chose this [...]

11 Jun, 2012

Literary Magazine Layout

June 11th, 2012|Tags: , , , , |

The past few days I've become obsessed with creating a book in blurb, as I am handling the layout of the literary magazine my son's school is publishing. It's been [...]

21 Feb, 2012

First Person versus Third Person

February 21st, 2012|Tags: , , |

 Checking my notes at the writersandcritters conference Today I'm sharing the recording of a short conversation on the merits of writing in first, second or third person that we got [...]

7 Oct, 2011

Literature in the Making: Rewriting

October 7th, 2011|Tags: , |

I've spent the last few days reviewing student manuscripts, and I have to share what a joy it is to witness literature in the making. Not that I don't try to create [...]

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