Author Archives: skvanzandt

Writing the Book Part II

As I journey with this book, Things You Forget, in person and sometimes on this blog, I want to remember this particular incident because it encourages me, and we all need a little encouragement, don’t we? It happened a while … Continue reading

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Writing the Book

Things You Forget. I’m working on this young adult novel right now. It’s a story that won’t leave me alone. It’s the story that made me ugly cry during a workshop at VCFA. I put it away after workshop, then … Continue reading

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Keeping It Short – On Writing

“Write something that will change your life.”

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Voilà! A Book!

The Beginning. The Middle. Still the Middle. The End.And there you have it…a book!

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Hemingway’s Way

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way. Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over. Ernest Hemingway Writing tight, concise prose is difficult, no … Continue reading

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Time, You Know…

Wow. It’s been a while since I posted on my blog. Longer than I realized. But I’ve been busy. Life stuff. Family stuff. Finding my way through it all. Finding me, in a way. And I’ve been writing, too. Skimmering … Continue reading

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Over-thinking and Writing

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Turning the Corner

Fall Song by Mary Oliver Another year gone, leaving everywhere its rich spiced residues: vines, leaves, the uneaten fruits crumbling damply in the shadows, unmattering back from the particular island of this summer, this NOW, that now is nowhere except … Continue reading

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Waiting for Perfection

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A Funny Thing Happened…

I’ve been thinking about laughter lately, and not just in regard to my reading and writing. I’ve been noticing how moments of genuine laughter make me feel warm and happy and exhausted in a good way. So, what is it … Continue reading

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