Category Archives: Writers on Writing

What’s in a Word?
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I imagine everyone has heard of the dueling court judgements regarding the nations’s new healthcare law—the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—lovingly referred to as Obamacare. (No, I am not being at all facetious, in my household “Obamacare” is an affectionate pet … Continue reading


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Characters — Where do they come from?

 “How do you come up with the characters in your novels? Are they based on real people? Do you make lists of their work, family, education, hobbies? Is it better to describe them in detail, or let readers flesh them … Continue reading


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Ur Doing It Rite

I am one of those neurotic folks who thinks that everyone else was issued a full set of instructions at birth. For everything–friendship, clothes, housekeeping, parenting, business.   Mostly I’ve learned to background that assumption, or even forget it for … Continue reading


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Don’t Crush That Writer (Hand Me the Duct Tape) – Three
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Last time I talked about some of the responsibilities the members of a critique group or writers’ workshop had to the writer whose work they were critiquing. This time, I’d like to address the responsibilities of the writer, which go … Continue reading


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Creativity

I’ve always wanted to write about a mad librarian. Well, that’s probably a lie, but it’s hard to tell since I lie for a living. I’ve always admired librarians and wished I could spend my days surrounded by books—except librarians … Continue reading


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Equilibrium

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I hate change. In what’s obviously a change year, that’s kind of a problem. A lot of the comfortable and the familiar has for various reasons passed on or stopped being there. The Home riding Horse retired due to age … Continue reading


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The Myth of the Veneer

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

THE MYTH OF THE VENEER by Ursula K. Le Guin “The secret world of the Mafia is a concave mirror that reflects and magnifies our world. If looked at properly, it can illuminate aspects of society that are normally out … Continue reading


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Your Mileage May Vary

My first fantasy, The Stone War, is about love of place (and what happens when you privilege love of place over the love of the people around you). And one reviewer couldn’t get past the fact of that.  Reading between the … Continue reading


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Don’t Crush That Writer (Hand Me the Duct Tape) – Two
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There are two parties involved in critique: the critiquer and the critiquee. Okay, I just made those words up. So, let’s say there is the giver of the critique and the recipient of the critique. This is true whether the parties are … Continue reading


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Guest Post: Can Do Cant

Inspired by previous posts about authorial voice, we offer here a guest post by L. Shelby! She is not a BVC member but is so knowledgeable that her input is sure to be helpful. Colloquialisms are frequently intimidating to writers, … Continue reading


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