Category Archives: Blog Series: Snippets of an Author’s Life

New Horizons

Snippets of an Author’s Life: Post 14 This is the final post of the summer 2016 blog series Snippets of an Author’s Life. Many thanks to my regular subscribers and to new followers for checking in on this blog. In … Continue reading

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Caught in the Undertow

Snippets of an Author’s Life: Post 13 When I was 16 and got my driver’s licence in Ontario, my friend and I often drove out to the Great Lakes beaches. We even went out in September just to see what … Continue reading

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Pantsing and Planning Can Be a Sliding Scale

Snippets of an Author’s Life: Post 12 In novel writing, I’m not a meticulous planner at the outset; rather, a concept drafter. Once I know where the story is going and how it ends–like connecting two points, the problem (A) … Continue reading

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With Thanks to a Key Resource for Writers and Authors

Snippets of an Author’s Life: Post 11 For many years, Angie’s Diary Online Magazine (Amsterdam) has supported my articles, short stories, and novels. Online magazine featuring original essays and stories, staff-written articles on politics, psychology, philosophy, lifestyle, the arts. –@AngiesDIARY … Continue reading

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Great Writing Quotes Set to Music

Snippets of an Author’s Life: Post 10 I am under intense deadline pressure, so today I would like to pass along some writing quotes for you to enjoy. I’m sure you will recognize many of them, or the people who … Continue reading

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Creative Writing: Don’t Say “Edit” When You Mean “Censor”

Snippets of an Author’s Life: Post 9 As a writer who frequently reads about the process of writing, I often hear: don’t edit during your initial draft. This well-intentioned advice comes in forms such as “Turn off your inner editor,” … Continue reading

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Annoying Things My Book Does to Me

Snippets of an Author’s Life: Post 8 I try to sleep, and a scene comes into my head, which is not that unusual for a writer, except this scene comes ready-made in words, and that is unusual for me if … Continue reading

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Characters Don’t Listen to Us

Snippets of an Author’s Life: Post 7 So many authors have said it: their characters start doing what they want, deviating from the original plan. “Hey, that’s not the conflict I had in mind for you!” As outside observers, we … Continue reading

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Writing Pain in Fiction

Originally posted on A Writer's Path:
? by Allison Maruska Confession: I’m writing this post as a form of procrastination and it may be a bit wandering, but I think we’ll end at a coherent place. I’m supposed to…

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Aerial View of a Draft

Snippets of an Author’s Life: Post 5 If you’re the kind of author who initially overwrites, fear not. Drafts are discovery. The process even has its own genre, either adventure or mystery. Once you have ideas out of your head … Continue reading

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