Category Archives: Writers on Writing

The Rambling Writer: Novel Inspiration and Research in Greece

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Back when I had more time than money, I followed the sirens’ call to Greece, whose mythology had enchanted me since childhood.  Loading up my backpack, I set off on four months of ferry trips, hiking, hosteling and camping on … Continue reading

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BVC Members Participate in “The Write Stuff” Storybundle

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Book View Cafe members Leah Cutter, Vonda N. McIntyre, and Judith Tarr are part of the “Write Stuff” Storybundle, which runs from May 13th through June 4th. Here’s what it’s all about, from bundle curator Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Writers need … Continue reading

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Beta Demons Do It Better: writing a sweet reunion romance in an urban paranormal universe

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I really fell for Kamadeva as I was writing him. He may be a slacker, but he’s good-hearted and thoroughly kind, a lazy beta sweetheart who is permanently in love with a butt-kicking alpha virgin. He won’t get anywhere beating his chest. But he might make it work if he can get her to seduce herself. Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s Writing Advice

I don’t know if anyone else shared my interest in writing advice from the greats. Some writers, like Henry James, wrote books about writing (his ideas on what he thought the modern novel would be in the twentieth century is … Continue reading

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Consideration of Works Present: Station Eleven

(Picture from here.) This is the first of a new set of Considerations: contemporary works. Why I’m doing this is discussed here. On with it: It’s a curious thing to feel alone in the wilderness for so long and then … Continue reading

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Author Events–What Kind do You Like?

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Author events can take different forms: Author reads prose or poetry for an hour or so. Author presents a slideshow about research or the process of writing a book. An interview or Q&A with the audience. A mini-workshop imparting a … Continue reading

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Found a Cover Artist!

My heroine is lush, rowdy, good-humored, a little bit slutty, and frankly size eighteen. I wanted cartoons that said something not-quite “Hey sailor!” Maybe not that far. Maybe just, “Where’s the party?” Continue reading

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Fallow Time

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Our culture tends toward the frenetic. Gotta go-go-go, gotta do-do-do. Everything has to be about something, for something, in aid of something. Even sitting and meditating is a thing you do, not an opportunity to just be. Writers can tie … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Ghost Writer Part 2: Ghosts and Zombies
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I’ve never sat down and counted all of my ghostwriting/editing clients. Every once in a while, when I go in to clean up my file folders, I realize that I’ve had more than I thought and that I’ve actually forgotten … Continue reading

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Tidings of Comfort

Note: I chose this painting because I liked it. It was only after I’d typed in the painter’s name (Louis Comfort Tiffany) that I realized I’d doubled up on the entendres. Pure serendipity. With a to-be-read pile that stacks up to … Continue reading

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