Not a review, on Don DeLillo’s COSMOPOLIS

This is an old not-review that I blogged elsewhere. Apologies if it's sweary, I do get a little more earthy over at the other place. And as for re-cycling it? Yes, I'm being lazy. Yes, I'm busy. Yes, I hated writing that other real review, and yes I'm uneasy about having that other 'real' review [...]

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So what’s it about?

This is what I'm grappling with now. A distillation of my second manuscript into one or two sentences that tell another person what it's about. A few years ago I did a Carmel Bird* workshop. We went around the class (natch) each saying what we were reading and what it was about. This is how [...]

The Single Largest Cause of Writer’s Block–Might Not Be What You Believe

This is good, from Kirsten Lamb. Useful even for literary fiction writers, not just plotters & genre peeps.

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Today, I’d like to talk about the single greatest reason for writer’s block (aside from laziness and fear, but we can chat about those another time). I spent years as an editor, and I believe I’m a pretty good one. I’ve taken stories that were train wrecks and helped the author create a best-seller. Just ask Piper Bayard about Firelands, LOL.

I had a unique ability to pull apart a story and locate what wasn’t working and why. Then I could guide that writer to the best book possible (without altering that writer’s voice). Editing is a skill, but it’s a different skill from creating. For instance, a person who restores historical houses isn’t necessarily someone who can draw a blueprint and build a new house. The restorer looks to the bones of the house and fixes what’s already standing to help create what the owner envisions.

Same with…

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