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The Reputation You Save May Be Your Own

April 24th, 2005 · Comments Off on The Reputation You Save May Be Your Own

We were scanning the long list of articles we have bookmarked, sincerely believing we will a) remember we’ve created said bookmark, b) read the articles, and c) work up the energy to write an insightful post on the article. Let us merely suggest you have been spared far more drivel than you can imagine. No […]

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We Puzzle Through Purple Prose So You Don’t Have To

April 21st, 2005 · 5 Comments

We are having one of our very rare WTF moments: we’re scrunched over our keyboard, brows drawn together, scrolling up and down the page as we try to make sense of what we’re reading. It’s been fifteen minutes and the score is (approximately) Text 4, Booksquare 0. This is worse than watching Ted Lilly pitch […]

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The Classic Love/Hate Relationship

April 15th, 2005 · 4 Comments

Prolific writers are viewed with distrust. Nobody should be able to produce so many words in so short a time. It isn’t seemly. It probably isn’t healthy. It surely isn’t literary. It’s like a Tom Waits song. “What’s he building in there?” ‘Round about three years ago, we flirted with the idea of becoming prolific. […]

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Quiet Time

April 12th, 2005 · 2 Comments

We are popping all over the bloghood today, borrowing cups of sugar here, pausing for a little conversation there, admiring new posts on various home pages. One would almost think we’re anticipating difficulty posting tomorrow. One would be right, though we will give it our best shot. Moorishgirl discusses her recent retreat at Hedgebrook. First, […]

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Structure Is Your Friend

April 12th, 2005 · Comments Off on Structure Is Your Friend

As we’re not sure that blockquotes within blockquotes validate (and heaven help us if we fail to validate!), we are going to simply blockquote this quote we found on Shaken & Stirred: That is the great thing about genre. It’s as much about structures created in the mind of the reader as in the structure […]

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Because We Like Nothing More Than A Good List

April 12th, 2005 · Comments Off on Because We Like Nothing More Than A Good List

Ever taken a writing class? Ever had your work workshopped? Ever wondered WTF when someone went on and on and on about the underlying meaning of your work? It’s never happened to us, either. Tod Goldberg, however, has encountered more than one writing workshop in his day and has created a long list of carefully […]

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Your Blog Is Your Business, A Rant On The Effective Use of Tools

April 10th, 2005 · 2 Comments

Or, as we like to think of it, an extremely long post on why you need to think about your blog and what can do for your career. We wrote this for our local RWA chapter after reading one too many posts that said (essentially) “I couldn’t resist the urge. I’ve started my own blog. […]

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Focusing On the Business Part of the Business of Writing

April 10th, 2005 · Comments Off on Focusing On the Business Part of the Business of Writing

We have a few posts this morning that deal with business issues, specifically the promotion side of running your writing job. Yes, we’re going to talk about websites and blogs. First up, a primer from Suzanne McMinn on things you should know about your own website. We are going to suggest that Suzanne had her […]

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Promotion for Beginners

April 7th, 2005 · Comments Off on Promotion for Beginners

We imagine that bootcamp for writers are filled with luscious wines and deep conversation. Or lots of intensive work. We suspect that the Book Promotion 101 workshop (recommended by Beatrice) falls into the latter category. If you’re a Los Angeles area writer and have a published book coming out soon, you need to become a […]

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Brilliance Penetrates Our Lack of Sleep

April 5th, 2005 · 4 Comments

Day Three. The lack of sleep is setting in. People are starting to talk backwards. The world is filled with crazy notions. At least one person has sworn he sees the future. We dismiss him as crazy until we realize he’s not. We stop and stare. It almost makes sense: Over the last few years, […]

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