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“Advice To Writers”

"Advice to writers" my foot. Hemingway pointed out in flippin' 1928 in a letter that what worked best for him was when he wrote what he knew about. Good grief, it's not exactly an obscure quote or unknown belief of his.

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With Our Twenties On The Horizon

One big thing I would also like to see in our "lost generation" roaring twenties is a genuine authoring nod to human reality and even weakness.

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The “Worth” Of (Your) Writing

"Everyone writes books now": In an innocent and not nasty way, an elderly aunt said that to me a few years back. In a way, she was right.

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The Keyboard “Seduction”

Let's be honest: Who wants to read a book by a mope who tweets about their "failures"?

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“Before you call her, and I know I’m just the author…”

POWERFUL STUDIO EXECUTIVE: "It is fantastic. She'll be perfect. I've got her cell. I'll see right now if she'll do breakfast next week..."

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To Pass The Word

"You know I don't read this period history mush, but I know you like it for some reason." LOL!

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One For The (Not Yet) Book(s)

I decided given she has so many followers and was so clearly knowledgeable as an author, that I really needed to read at least a sample from one of her novels. I went over to Amazon and typed in her name and clicked...

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A “Review” That “Spooks And Horrifies” Too

Endings are, uh, I think, reasonably important to us as readers. I am of course interested in what will happen (or why would I be reading the book in the first place?), but I don't really want to know how a book ends... until I get to the end.

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(International) Friends

I was not going to write anything for another novel for at least six months. But when an idea hits, you have to write it down... because otherwise it may vanish from your mind never to be heard from again.

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Use The “Mute” And Even The “Unfollow”

The U.S. is really, I always remind non-Americans, a continent (Finland has the population of roughly Connecticut), and over the centuries has demonstrated a resiliency and managed - it still does - to evolve.

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Getaway To Ireland

We got back yesterday after three nights in Ireland...

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“Often I have gazed at that painting…”

When I realized I would write another novel of that era, I decided to try something of a "gamble" for that next novel: I would this time put faces on the cover(s).

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Story Time

Why we write. What we write. We all have our stories. And what happens if I ever become massively famous? Let's just say I'll cross that family/friends bridge when I get to it. LOL!

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NaNoWriMo…NoNo

Writing a short story in "30 days" is probably not an unreasonable ask. However, writing a novel (meaning at least 40,000 words; below that, it's a novella really) is a much more complicated undertaking. What you begin today likely won't see light of completed day for at least a year and probably more.

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On This Rainy 1st Of November

All of that - and about 1,000 pages more from just those two novels - is why I am here and why this blog exists: my writing.