Category Archives: Writers on Writing

The Odd Bird

by Brenda W. Clough  Some years ago I went to China on a tourist visit. I am ethnically Chinese, and there is a genealogy to prove it, brush-written in characters I cannot read on handmade paper. It runs back 14 … Continue reading

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Supporting a New Writer: Flexibility

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“Moving ahead, though, this is a good time to talk about where to connect with other writers, how to use social media, the benefits/drawbacks of face-to-face, what to look for in a group, workshops — which ones, pitfalls, etc. And … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Greek Travels, Part 4: Rodakino, Crete

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This series started on Oct. 15 and will continue every other Saturday. I’m taking a trip back in time to my 4-month backpacking rambles around Greece in the early 1980s, which planted the seed for my recent novel The Ariadne … Continue reading

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Supporting a New Writer: Connecting

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Effie Seiberg: Depending on what kind of writing you’re doing, and where you are geographically, there are a number of ways to find kindred spirits. Conventions: Whether conventions or conferences, I found these to be an invaluable resource for meeting … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Greek Travels, Part 3: Loutro, Crete

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This series started on Oct. 15 and will continue every other Saturday. I’m taking a trip back in time to my 4-month backpacking rambles around Greece in the early 1980s, which planted the seed for my recent novel The Ariadne … Continue reading

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Why Fiction Matters

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I’ve had several conversations with fiction writers lately on what we should be doing about climate change, the election, and other important concerns of the day. My immediate response was that now, more than ever, they should write. They dismissed … Continue reading

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Alma’s Bookshelf: The Were Chronicles

The origins of this series lie in my quintessential problem: I don’t write short stories, at least not easily or often or even willingly. But when I got wind of an upcoming anthology about Were-kind, with the specific fiat that … Continue reading

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Writing Nowadays–Write It Down

I find myself in a strange situation. Recently, I wrote a novel. That’s not strange at all, at least not for me. However, my agent Lucienne read the synopsis and the first few chapters, and said that, while the writing stunning! brilliant! … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Greek Travels, Part 1: Gorge of Samaria

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  Since my usual rambles have been limited lately by nerve pain from my damaged cervical spine—unfortunate genetics coupled with a literally rough-neck lifestyle—I’m going to revisit some highlights of my earlier travels. I’m working on a sequel to my … Continue reading

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Plot, counterplot and the uniqueness of story

  You hear all kinds of numbers for the plot lines available to authors — 27, 10, 7, 3, 2, 1. Personally, I believe that there are two basic plotlines, or possibly only one he “Someone leaves town/A stranger comes … Continue reading

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