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Friday Five-O: Book Two

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I keep wondering when I should start book two. Should it be when book one is done? When I find an agent or a publisher?

—Play it Again Sam

Dear Sam,

That is an excellent question. It presupposes, if I may, that you have an idea for book two. Congratulations! Ideas like that, for things that are as long as a book, should be celebrated when they arrive.

November 18, 2011 | Stuart Horwitz

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Friday Five-O: The Role of the Prompter

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Dear Friday Five-O:

I've been told by writing teachers that finding my own unique voice is the most important thing to do as a writer.   But I'm struggling to find my voice.  I often mimic authors I admire or write like the author I am reading at the moment.   Any advice for me?

—Leonard Zelig


Dear Zelig,

October 20, 2011 | Stuart Horwitz

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Friday Five-O: Meditation for Writers

Dear Friday Five-O:

I am so hard on myself when I go back over something I have written. I am almost never satisfied, even when others praise me. How do I know if something is good enough? How can I shut off this hyper critical/self-doubting voice in my head?

-- Round Robin

Dear Robin,

I swear this is an answer to your question.

September 16, 2011 | Stuart Horwitz

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Friday Five-O: Me, Myself & I

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Dear Friday Five-O:


I’m a fiction writer who loves to use first person point of view.  However, I keep hearing from many expert writers that the first person is BAD.  A magazine editor even rejected my story recently on the grounds that he “doesn’t accept first person narratives unless there’s an exceptionally good reason for it.”  What’s so bad about first person, or is there something wrong with my taste?

August 11, 2011 | Stuart Horwitz

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Friday Five-O: Conflict vs. Theme

Dear Friday Five-O:

Do you sometimes feel like everything’s already been written? In my darker moments, I wonder how I could ever come up with an original story idea. Do you have any advice to help break me from this malaise?

—Been There, Done That

 

Dear Been Done,

I have a scientist friend who thinks that for anything to be valid it has to be “reproducible.” 100 times out of 100, preferably

July 8, 2011 | Stuart Horwitz

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