Monthly Archives: September 2011

More Books to Read

Here are more books from that Kevin Brockmeier list that I received at Sewanee. Stoner by John Williams, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (I imagine that’s on everyone’s list) The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis The … Continue reading

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Vanity Fair Article About Book Publication

Ran across a blog post via Publishers Weekly that had an interesting topic for those of us who haven’t published a book yet. The link is:http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/PWxyz/?p=6782&utm_source=Publishers+Weekly’s+PW+Daily&utm_campaign=1293129309-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email Kind of long, huh? Anyway, thought people might want to know the source if they hear … Continue reading

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Getting Together With Other Writers

So we talked about choosing a topic and strategies for preparing you to write every day. But there’s also a social aspect to Nanowrimo. There are all sorts of forums that you can access on the nanowrimo.org site which I did the … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for Nanowrimo

A long time ago, I struggled even when I only wrote a few lines a day.  Eventually, I did end up with some stories but it wasn’t until I joined a mystery writers group that I got better at “producing” pages. … Continue reading

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New Book Topics

I’ve been playing with an idea for a futuristic novel because I’ve been reading Ms. Atwood lately. That’s how my book ideas usually start. Once I have an interesting idea the process is like that ad on TV about those mops that attract dirt! … Continue reading

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Nanowrimo Transformation

What’s this transformation that I was talking about yesterday? I was talking about how the drive to write 50,000 words in a month can help you train yourself to be a writer. The only way that I know for a … Continue reading

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November is Approaching!

When I was at Sewanee for the writer’s conference this summer, I don’t think I told anyone that I actually drafted the book I was workshopping in the 2007 Nanowrimo – that stands for National Novel Writing Month. I guess … Continue reading

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Trying to Make a Story “Literary”

The material that was the first chapter I submitted for the workshop was actually the first half of the last chapter of a previous draft of the book. The chapter was very dark: my main character had been wounded and … Continue reading

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Writing from Different Points of View

I didn’t find it necessary to tear down what other students had accomplished.  I’m too much of an optimist for that. Usually, I took note of how they’d successfully pulled off a technique so I could try it sometime.   My measure of … Continue reading

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Workshopping In Florence

Jean and Alice alternated their sessions. Each teacher held a workshop on one of our submissions and both talked about craft issues. Jean started each session with a craft discussion and Alice integrated craft issues into our discussions about each … Continue reading

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