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Want to Write Better? Kill Your Darlings

The first time I heard the saying "Kill your darlings," was when writing boot camp instructor, Toni Lopopolo, held up an 8x12 poster with a big slash over the words. The words originally came from Sir Arthur Quiller Couch:‘Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it—whole-heartedly—and delete it before… Continue reading Want to Write Better? Kill Your Darlings

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Bargain hunting for the writer who’s just starting out

"Just write," is not the only advice a writer needs. In the two years I've been writing I think I've spent many pretty pennies on writing books, a couple of one day conferences, and a boot camp for writers.Before I purchase any books I do the 'look inside,' preview of writing books listed on Amazon.com… Continue reading Bargain hunting for the writer who’s just starting out

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Some Books on the Craft of Writing

     On one of my early writer's groups retreats, our group leader brought in the book "On Writing," by Stephen King. I'm a horror wuss so I don't read or watch horror material, the lasting effect of seeing "The Exorcist,"  when I was a teenager. My horror prejudice worked against me, I had never… Continue reading Some Books on the Craft of Writing