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Friday Five-O: "Do I Need a Copy Editor?.."

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“Do I really need a copy editor to look at my writing after I finish it? I have a pretty good grasp of the English language and I have spell-check.”

-- Don Determined

Dear Don,

I know, times are tough. The time you spend on your writing is already costing you billable hours at your day job, and you don’t want to “throw good money after bad,” as one of my great-uncles used to say.

May 18, 2012 | Stuart Horwitz

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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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Walking Is Writing

Go for a walk. Like Bilbo.

by Ethan Gilsdorf

January 19, 2012 | Ethan Gilsdorf

Craft Advice Guest Post Inspiration Secret

Writer On The Road: Wherever. Because I Have Skype.

Dear Writers,

Just when you thought it was safe to visit book clubs by phone and therefore wander around in your underwear drinking wine while you talk to readers.....now there's SKYPE!

I find Skype miraculous. Every time I use it, I think of my dad, who died in 1999. How amazed he would be that you can talk to people through your computer screen!  It's so space-age. So Jetsons. Yet another way to bring us all closer together

December 22, 2011 | Jenna Blum

Craft Advice Friday Five-O Guest Post Inspiration Secret

The Value of Leisurely Cross-Pollination

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Do you hole up in near seclusion to create your opus? Do you tweet madly for ideas and encouragement? Do you read fiction while you write fiction? Where do you find your inspiration and your will to carry on in spite of the self-doubt? Do you search for answers in what other fiction writers do?

December 1, 2011 | Katrin Schumann

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