Category Archives: Writers on Writing

Don’t Bite the Basketball

You’d think Serge Ibaka was trying to self-publish an ebook.
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My husband is a project manager, among many things. His favorite advice to me is “Don’t bite the basketball.” He tells me, “Break your do-list down into a comforting array of tasks prioritized by measures you get to choose based on what’s stressing you out right now. Because your mental strength right now has a lot to do with what task you can tackle.” Continue reading

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Knowing a Book by its Cover

Four Ways to Forgiveness - Finnish - by Ursula K. Le Guin

Knowing a Book by its Cover by Ursula K. Le Guin This is the front cover of a new translation of one of my books. I want to report as truthfully as I can my first response to it: I … Continue reading

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Writing to the Music

Ah, the music. The music that fuels the fugue state when I’m writing. Never has music been more important to my writing process than now, because music is a magical gift, a power and a weapon. So of course, I … Continue reading

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Midwifing A Story: The Trusted Reader

Renoux, The Reader

Some writers do all their work in isolation. They are the creative hermits of the literary world. When they get an idea for a story, they tell no one. This isn’t always the misplaced fear that the other person will … Continue reading

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Living (in) a Fantasy Novel

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This past week I set up a crowdfunding campaign for a new project: a series of very short novels (or novellas) about horses (of course), magic (because I write quite a bit of fantasy), and Tucson (where I live, and … Continue reading

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Fight Scenes: Time Dilation

I saw Interstellar last week, a hugely ambitious, very heady film about…oh, kind of everything.  The future of the human race. Striving. Time. Love. Space. Loneliness. Duplicity. Ecology. Parenthood. It’s beautiful to look at (well, Christopher Nolan) and well acted, … Continue reading

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The Inner Child and the Nude Politician

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

The Inner Child and the Nude Politician by Ursula K. Le Guin Last summer a company that makes literary T-shirts asked me for permission to use a quote: “The creative adult is the child who survived.” I looked at the … Continue reading

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The Changes Just Keep on Coming

As you read this, I am in the final, frantic stages of packing for my move to California. All moves create change, and cross-country ones even more so. But this one is about more than a new location. Last week, … Continue reading

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I Love a Cliché

This post was originally published in 2009.  I came upon it the other day and liked it well enough to share. One of the standard Words of Advice that writers–new and old–get, is to avoid clichés.  The advice itself is … Continue reading

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History to Fantasy
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As many of you know, as Patricia Rice, I’ve been published in historical romance since 1984. I’ve written westerns, Americana, Victoriana, Regencies, and paranormal historical romance well before any of those genres became popular. Historical romance has cycled through variations … Continue reading

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