Nine Stages in a Writer’s Life

By Erica Ferencik

1) Elementary School: I feel like I might be different from other kids. While everybody else is running around at recess screaming and laughing and having fun, I like to sit under a tree and write about what I did today, and what I saw, and what I thought about.

2) Junior High: My Advanced Placement English teacher, Mrs

February 29, 2012 | Info

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Writer on the Road: Holcomb, I

In the late fall of last year, I very gently broke my left thumb by catching it in a screen door handle.  The door, yanked open by the Kansas wind, took my thumb with it. Too embarrassed to provide yet another anecdote proving my characteristic accident-proneness, I didn't confess what had happened until weeks later when, at a routine physical, I realized it was probably pretty bad that I still couldn't bend my thumb

February 23, 2012 | Jenna Blum

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How to Date a Writer

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Take yourself on a writing date during Grace Talusan's upcoming online course, "6 Weeks, 6 Essays," beginning July 26th!


Monday: Sabina, bagel shop, Andover

Tuesday: Lee, Cambridge Public Library

Wednesday: Rivka, Starbucks, Medford

Thursday: Morgan, Tufts University Library

February 9, 2012 | Grace Talusan

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Writer on the Road: Kansas. The Black Room

Good morning from my new study, which I have painted black.

Yes, black.

It just seemed, as I told my partner from where I was creeping around on my knees, slinging black paint on what had moments ago been nice white walls, the right thing to do.

"I felt it as a very strong moral imperative," I said.

My partner, who is responsible for the lease on our lovely rented house and PS, had just given up his study so I could turn it into my Black Room, politely backed away.

January 27, 2012 | Jenna Blum

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So You Want To Be A Mystery Novelist

Originally published on and featuring the advice of authors Barbara Ross, Gerry Boyle, Kaitlyn Dunnett, Kate Flora, Lea Wait, Paul Doiron, and Vicki Doudera. By Kaitlyn Dunnett.


Kaitlyn Dunnett: What advice can published authors give to someone who is not yet published but who is seriously considering a career as a mystery novelist? My advice is hardly original, but it is heartfelt. First: never give up if this is what you really want. Second: don’t quit your day job unless you have a spouse with health insurance. And third: don’t look for shortcuts, or for ...

January 24, 2012 | Info

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