Category Archives: Writing Topics

Letter Writing

It’s been a while since I posted here, and the truth of it is simply that I was stuck. I had been clobbered over the head by a series of personal and professional failures, and my writing was suffering for … Continue reading

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What Jury Duty Taught Me About Writing

I had jury duty a few weeks ago and was picked for a felony trial. Whenever I mention it, people always kindly say something about what a pain it must have been, or it was too bad I couldn’t get … Continue reading

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When You Just Need a Break….

The standard advice given to writers is that they must write every day. There is good reason for this –writing takes practice, just like anything else, and it’s best to make it a habit. The only way to finish a … Continue reading

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When Self-Doubt Rears Its Ugly Head

I was recently talking to one of the writers I’ve been working with about ways to stay motivated when your confidence gets shaky and you’re hit over the head with writer’s block, and since this is such a common problem, … Continue reading

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Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Pioneer Girl

I recently read this review in The New Yorker of the new Laura Ingalls Wilder memoir, Pioneer Girl. I found it particularly interesting because I had just finished reading the memoir, and I had come to completely different conclusions than the … Continue reading

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My First Novel: What Our Childhood Writings Can Teach Us as Adult Writers

When I was eight years old, I wrote my first novel. It was about pioneers. I was obsessed with Little House on the Prairie, and pretty much everything I wrote before the age of twenty was about pioneers. It certainly … Continue reading

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