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Art and Fear

An interesting , thought-provoking little book.  It’s a quick read, so as not to distract (for too long) from your actual work, whatever your creative discipline may be.   I especially liked the section on FINDING YOUR WORK.  The authors say:  “Look at your … Continue reading

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On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner, Part II

This is the second post for John Gardner’s On Becoming a Novelist. The Writer’s Nature – Indicators of Success:  Part 2 –  The Writer’s Eye – The second indicator for achieving success as a writer, according to John Gardner, concerns the Writer’s Eye.    … Continue reading

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On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner, Part I

This little classic has quite a bit to offer a novelist or would-be novelist.  I’m looking at my notes and highlighting, and remembering things I liked about it and things I didn’t.  I’ll break this down into several posts.  This first … Continue reading

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Sunday Snippets – Book Talk

My 2009 Children’s Booklist so far:  Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis – loved the voice in this book The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry – quirky, fun, different for this author Outside Beauty by Cynthia Kadohata – … Continue reading

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Sunday Snippets – Book Talk

I’m reading an interesting book right now, the first adult novel I’ve read in who knows when.  It’s called The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  It’s one of the best books for characterization … Continue reading

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A Year of Living Readerly/A Year of Living Writerly

A Year of Living Readerly: As a reader, one of the most important elements I look for in a story is heart.  Whether the story rings true, makes me feel deeply, asks me to re-examine my life and find a … Continue reading

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