Monthly Archives: October 2011

About My Last Workshop

Another installment…. When the book is published (I’ve decided to take an optimistic view), lots of teachers and students from Hopkins will be able to say that they helped me. I’d entered the program to work on Bad Luck Companion and I … Continue reading

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New Fiction Workshop

In my last post I explained how I started this blog with material from my diary called Surviving a Graduate Writing Program.  The saga continues…. This workshop was comprised of seasoned students. Five of them I knew, three from previous … Continue reading

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Going Back to Graduate School

If you’ve read my earlier posts, you know that I received my MA in fiction from Johns Hopkins University in 2007. Having some distance has given me some perspective as well as helped me understand that writing programs have a hard … Continue reading

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Dreams are Good

Reading one of my fellow bloggers this morning, I felt that rush that keeps some of us going. Not long ago, writing was bliss. I set goals for myself and when I drafted a Nanowrimo book in one month, or … Continue reading

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Book Talk – Moby Dick

Reading is important for every writer, that’s what everyone says. I had plenty of reading to do in my graduate program and I’ve made a point of continuing to educate myself by occassionally reading a classic. My reading plan is … Continue reading

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Is Nanowrimo Worth the Time?

My answer is always another question. When was the last time you finished a first draft of a book? If you can say you finished one within the last couple of years, then I want to know how long did it take you … Continue reading

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Ready to Send Your Book to an Agent?

I did have an agent once before I went back to school to get my Masters at Johns Hopkins. If you go back to the beginning of this blog, I talked about how I took non-credit writing courses first and ended … Continue reading

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Writing Manners

I just read another agent’s post where they tried to justify not sending a response to a query and it sounded just as lame as it always does. If I didn’t respond to people at my day job, there would be … Continue reading

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Persistence Counts

Okay, so I haven’t been keeping up my blog the way I should! It’s really not that big a deal, spending a few minutes (think it usually ends up to be about an hour) each day. But I’m not one … Continue reading

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