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the longer it takes the better it gets

The Longer You Last, the Better It Gets

Much of the path toward mastering this craft we love as authors involves trial-and-error, stumbling and sometimes falling and learning how to right ourselves and avoid the same potholes going forward.

It’s so easy for writers to get discouraged—especially as we get older, and especially in the current publishing environment, when the most desirable commodity seems to be the Hot New Debut Author. Maybe we’ve been around the publishing block and experienced setbacks. Maybe we’ve been at this a while—a long while—and haven’t gotten to where we so badly want to go with our writing careers.

The Complexity of Simplicity

The Complexity of Simplicity

At first it seems like, How hard could it be to create a story? After all, most of us who love the written word have grown up reading them. We all live stories every day of our lives. We read books we sail through and think, I could do that. Surely it’s not that tough to put one on the page.

Bob Eckstein writing insights

Writing Insights from the Drawing Board

If you’d like to receive my blog in your in-box each week, click here. When I first became aware of former New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein, it was because he had…
You DOn't Need a Character Wound

You Don’t Need a Character Wound

If you’d like to receive my blog in your in-box each week, click here. Many years ago, when I was a hormonal adolescent just starting to bloom out of an unfortunate…
Going viral

Going Viral

If you’d like to receive my blog in your in-box each week, click here. Recently a friend of mine, author Ann Garvin, experienced what many authors dream of. It started innocuously,…
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