ah, the writing life

Writers need love and support. They need how-tos and tips and opportunities to deepen their craft. They need information, resources, and encouragement to get from ‘idea’ to ‘The End.’

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  • Is Your Manuscript Ready for Publishing?

    Is Your Manuscript Ready for Publishing?

    Here’s a handy quiz to help you figure that out. First, allow me to set the scene (fiction-writing joke). How books get into readers’ hands In a perfect world, our books would spring fully formed from our minds into the bookstores and online emporiums. In the actual world, our books spring in dribbles or fountains …

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  • Silent Writing Groups: Are they right for you?

    Silent Writing Groups: Are they right for you?

    What are silent writing groups? These are groups that meet online or in person. They start and end at pre-established times. Participants are expected to write in silence for the allotted time. Group size varies, depending on the time and location. Are they really silent? Yes, for the writing portion of the meeting. There will …

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  • A Famous Writer’s Shocking Process

    A Famous Writer’s Shocking Process

    Thursday Postcard The Case of George Saunders You might have heard of American writer George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the 2017 Booker Prize.  Saunders writes a lot of short stories and has published several collections. He’s won a whole bunch of awards for the short fiction as well.  His stories are both moving …

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