New Writers Ask: Can’t Craft Be Learned?
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I’ve had a number of writers I’ve mentored or critiqued ask me some form of this question.  Sometimes it’s a plaintive wail expressing the writer’s earnest hope that they can overcome their ”issues.”  Sometimes it’s a defiant roar: “Craft? Bah! … Continue reading

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Questions from a hopeful Neo: Why do I have to choose an audience?

Most published authors field questions from new and aspiring writers at some point in their careers. They wonder how to get published, who to schmooze and, if they’re really serious, they ask questions about craft and style and substance. More … Continue reading

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New Writers Ask… How Did You Get Published?

”How did you get published?” is one of the first questions I get from aspiring writers and the merely curious. Too often it is asked by aspiring writers looking for a shortcut to success. Indeed, after my first book was … Continue reading

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Supporting a New Writer: Flexibility

“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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Supporting a New Writer: Connecting

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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Supporting A New Writer: Following The Dream

Recently, I received this letter from a fan with whom I’d been corresponding. It spoke deeply to me, and rather than answer it alone, I asked some of my writer friends to join in a series of round table blogs … Continue reading

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Don’t Crush That Writer! (Hand Me the Duct Tape) – One
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At a recent science fiction convention, I was on a panel about critique groups. We started by sharing horror stories. I had the singular honor of having the most horrific in the room. I once mentored a group of writers … Continue reading

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