Love It, Review It, Give It Away: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Steering the Craft and A Wizard of Earthsea

It’s time again for my monthly giveaway and review. This month is a little different–and more nostalgic–as I’m offering the winner a choice between two books. To find out how to enter for a chance to win a copy of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Steering the Craft: A 21st-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of…

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Love It, Review It, Give It Away: The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass

It’s time again for my monthly giveaway and review. To find out how to enter for a chance to win a copy of Donald Maass’s The Emotional Craft of Fiction, check out the giveway rules here. The contest ends August Monday 6 at 11:59pm EDT. Review in a nutshell: A excellent book that explores the emotional…

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Writer’s Blog Roundup (June, 2018)

Here are my five favorite posts from the last month: 1 . Art’s Highest Purpose: to Complicate Our Feelings by Peter Selgin url: https://www.janefriedman.com/arts-highest-purpose/ I thought this was interesting. For me, evoking emotion is a hallmark of great writing, but I like the idea of creating a dissonance within the reader’s personal reaction. 2. How…

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Writer’s Blog Round-Up

Here are my five favorite writing posts from the last two weeks (in no particular order): Flog a Pro: would you pay to turn the first page of this bestseller? By Ray Rhamey http://writerunboxed.com/2018/03/16/flog-a-pro-would-you-pay-to-turn-the-first-page-of-this-bestseller-29/ How Authors Can Build an Indie Empire–How You Release Books Matters By Traci Tyne Hilton http://thewriteconversation.blogspot.ca/2018/03/how-authors-can-build-indie-empirehow.html Why Patience Is A Virtue:…

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Writing Resource: Review of David Farland’s My Story Doctor

I don’t have a master’s degree in creative writing. Having already finished a Ph. D, I know that a degree is not a guarantee of competency or of the quality of instruction received. There is nothing a degree can teach you that cannot be learned on your own. The value in courses is not merely…

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