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Whittier Strong

Yesterday a relative pointed out to me some troubles with yesterday’s post. She said, first off, that I painted my mom to be more naïve than she was. After all, she said, her first husband–before my father–had slept around and run off on her. Second, I had the facts of the divorce decree simply wrong. Our father could take us out of the county but not out of the state, that this is a standard clause in custody arrangements. I maintained that I was right because I remembered. My relative pointed out that she, unlike me, had actually read my parents’ divorce decree.

To the first point: One of the things I don’t like about blogging is the demand for conciseness. Though I could in theory write a 5,000-word blog post, I don’t have the time to write it, and no-one wants to take that long to read a…

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Authors who Blog: 6 ways to take your blogging to a deeper level

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

1378269_oceanYesterday, I wrote about some strategies I use to go deeper in my fiction. But is fiction all we authors have to worry about? We’re also supposed to blog, aren’t we? Everyone says, “If you want to be an author, you should be a blogger too.”

So, how do we go deeper writing nonfiction? Say, a blog post? Or when we want to repurpose our blog posts?


As you know, my blog has some memoir posts (my favorite is about the way my mom affected me as a writer), and a few snippets from my fiction, but it’s mainly a forum in which I connect with fellow writers by writing about writing.

How and why I write.

Explorations of style and grammar.

The things that keep me writing when the going gets tough.

Explorations of the nuts and bolts of writing: the benefits and drawbacks of…

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June 13, 2013 · 4:07 am

How I’m Handling A Writer’s Slump: When Writing–Fiction, Nonfiction, Blogging–Becomes Hard.

I’m glad I am not the only one that feels this way. . .

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

I have a writer’s confession to make: I’m in a slump. Stuck in writer’s quicksand. I’m an author who can’t write.

Yep. I talk about “writing every day” as a writer’s goal, and the joys of being a writer, and I dish out hard-earned knowledge from ten years of writing, while I have no drive to write lately.

That happens to all of us from time to time, I think, but I’ve never had a period of time before where writing–all writing–was so tough.

  • I’m really struggling to find the energy and dedication to edit Writing for You: A Writer’s Guide to the Craft of Fiction. And that worries me, because I am honestly thrilled about the project and stoked for the upcoming release (July 31).
  • I haven’t worked on fiction in a month. Seriously. A month. I have a first draft of a NaNoWriMo novel that I have…

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6 Reasons Google Beats Facebook for Author Platform Building

6 Reasons Google Beats Facebook for Author Platform Building.

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Hacking the Print Cover? Or Just Adapting It…

Interesting, something I haven’t thought about for e-books.

(Don't) Judge a Book by Its Cover

As promised, here’s the beautiful cover designsby Cardon Webb for Oliver Sacks’ neurology series.


Just look at that! I love how each individual book can function on its own, but can come together in a unified collection. Never having read books on neurology before (I’m an A&H grad, yay Shakespeare!), I was first introduced to Webb’s work through Craig Mod’s article, “Hack the Cover” and he had some pretty interesting ideas.

Mod says it best so I’ll just quote: “This is the kind of design solution that plays nice in digital space (even better than on your bookshelf – after all, where do you have space to place six books face-out?) and could invite collection”. Couldn’t have said it better myself! That’s the beauty of digital technology: there’s always space. You can never run out! Covers now have the opportunity to be displayed without taking up that…

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